Panther Press

a weekly publication of the Georgia Academy for the Blind

Mission Statement

The Georgia Academy for the Blind provides quality education services to Georgia’s students with visual impairments and/or visual impairments in conjunction with other disabilities to prepare them to achieve their highest level of independence in transition to college and career readiness.

Check out the student produced video about our Mission Statement below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRrbhkGSe98

Mark your Calendars!

May 24: Last day of school

August 4: Registration Day

August 5: First day of school

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Character Education


Accomplishment: That which has been completed with skill, practice, and acquired training.


“To be yourself in a world that is constantly

trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let us hear from you!

This newsletter is published by our Parent Mentor, Sonya Milam. Please send your ideas, news, and resources in your community to her. smilam@doe.k12.ga.us, 478-262-3303. Mrs. Milam is available to our families throughout the summer. Please remember to contact us if you've had a change in address, phone number and/or email!

Creating a literacy-rich summer! Part 4

Dear Families,

Please contact me with any questions BEFORE May 30. Happy reading!


Kim Smith, TVI, M. Ed.

Media Specialist kismith@doe.k12.ga.us or 478-751-6083 ext 1280

Introducing SYNC, a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+ is available for IOS®, Android™, Kindle® and Windows Phone®, as well as for Windows and Mac desktop platforms. Check them out at link below:
Learning Ally Apple or android device: Learning Ally Link
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Bookshare , Apple Device: Capti App Android Device: Go Read App

Did you know that blind children in the U.S. and Canada can receive three free braille books per year!? Just register your child by clicking at the link below. or contact Sonya Milam for the paper application. The website includes Newberry winners, book reviews, recommendations and special events.
JUST IN! Here's a link where families can download free audiobooks from APH to a thumb drive or blank NLS cartridge to be played on an NLS player.
3 months of Summer Reading for just $3!
And don’t forget your local library for GLASS services, summer reading clubs, park passes and more!

1 more just added!

The partnership between Renaissance® and Get Georgia Reading provides every child, educator, librarian, and parent or guardian in Georgia unlimited, free access to thousands of enhanced digital books–plus daily news articles–through August 31, 2019.

Go to link below and enter your login information:

o School Name: Get Georgia Reading
(type the first few letters and select from the drop-down menu)

o Username: gadoe

o Password: read

A Summer Opportunity for Middle Georgia Families:

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Foster Daily Living and Independent Skills this Summer


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Important things for families to know and do this summer:

Families of Work Base Learning (WBL) students AND all students who travel out of state for SCASB, APH Art Show, etc.: please use this summer to get your child’s state ID. This is done through the Georgia Department of Driver Services (GaDDS). They are open Tuesday- Saturday. Click below to find your local customer service center:

Summer is also the perfect time to make appointments for school physicals, sports physicals, immunization updates and eye report updates. Registration packets including medical forms will be mailed after the 4th of July holiday.
Learn more and get involved! Read and/or watch this webinar to learn more about the Bill of Rights for All Children with Visual Impairments and their Families! of Rights for Children with Visual Impairments and their Families:

Summer Opportunity for Coastal Area Families

Monday, June 3 from 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Regional Family Meeting with State Schools Family Engagement Team and other parents from GAB and GSD

at Wake Up Coffee Shop 3349 Cypress Mill Rd, Brunswick, GA 31520

Please RSVP to Sonya, smilam@doe.k12.ga.us, 478-262-3303

Summer Opportunity for Atlanta Area Families

Tuesday, June 11 at 12:30 PM.

Family and child meet up with the

State Schools Family Engagement Team and other families from AASD, GSD and GAB!

Siblings welcome too!

Bring a picnic lunch to Welcome All Park, 4255 Will Lee Rd. College Park 30349, meet at the playground.

Please RSVP to Sonya, smilam@doe.k12.ga.us, 478-262-3303

Happy Summer Birthdays!

Student Birthdays:

Berkley ~ June 1

Arienne ~ June 3

Jesse C ~ June 4

Savannah ~ June 8

Courtney ~ June 12

Noah ~ July 3

Juan ~ July 9

Kimberly ~ July 17

Quinton ~ July 19


Staff Birthdays:


Ms. Weldon ~ June 4

Mr. Acree ~ June 4


Ms. Day ~ June 11


Ms. Bass ~ June 11

Ms. J. Brown ~ June 19

Ms. A. Gibson ~ June 20

Ms. K. Smith ~ June 21

Ms. West ~ June 23

Dr. Gibson ~ June 24

Ms. A. Jackson ~ June 24

Ms. Bardash ~ July 2

Mr. Richardson ~ July 7

Ms. Richardson ~ July 8

Mr. Watkins ~ July 9

Dr. Washington ~ July 13

Ms. Cruise ~ July 18

Ms. M. Brown ~ July 20

Ms. Mullis ~ July 22

Ms. Akridge ~ July 23

Ms. Lamar ~ July 26

MORE Important things for families to know and do this summer

Help our school earn money simply by joining Publix Partners. Simply sign up below and use your phone number each time you make a purchase! No more keeping track with key tags!

Help us earn money for our educational field trips by saving Box Tops and bringing them in in August! Click below for a list of participating products.

Last Week in Pictures

Our graduates with their families at the reception in the Media Center

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Our pool is finally open and we enjoyed our time in the Ivan Glynn Watkins Natatorium so much!

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2019-20 Student Calendar

Third notice! Click below.