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Summer 2017 Information

Summer Feeding

Locations, Times and Menus

Read more information about summer feeding on our blog, here. Please arrive as close to the feeding time listed as possible. All food must be eaten on site.

June Menu

July Menu

Summer Nutrition Sites:

Breakfast is served at Joan Lewis Park from 8 - 8:15 a.m. Lunch is served at the following locations and times:

  1. Al Rollins Park - 12:00
  2. Autumn Ridge Apartments - 12:00
  3. Bryon Heights Apartments - 12:15
  4. Central Church of Christ - 12:00
  5. Christ Church Presbyterian - 12:00
  6. Civitan Park - 12:00
  7. Crosspointe Learning Center - 11:30
  8. Dalton Green Park - 11:45
  9. Dalton Recreation Department - 12:00
  10. Dalton-Whitfield Public Library - 11:30
  11. Excalibur Apartments - 11:30
  12. Iglesia Bautista Salem - 12:00
  13. Joan Lewis Park - Breakfast from 8 - 8:15 a.m. and Lunch at 12:00
  14. Lago Vista Apartments - 11:30
  15. Lakeshore Park - 11:30
  16. Mack Gaston Community Center - 11:30
  17. MIHS - 12:00
  18. Mountain Wood Apartments - 11:30
  19. Mount Rachel Trail Park - 12:00
  20. Otis Cook Memorial Park - 12:00
  21. North Star Gym - 12:00
  22. Park Place Apartments - 12:00
  23. Park Avenue Apartments - 12:00
  24. Parkview Apartments - 12:00
  25. Roan St. Elementary - 12:00
  26. Salvation Army - 12:00
  27. Scenic Valley Apartments - 12:00
  28. Stone Ridge Apartments - 11:30
  29. Strawberry Apartments - 11:30
  30. The Cliffs Apartments - 12:00
  31. The Georgian Apartments - 11:30
  32. Turf Road - 12:00
  33. Underwood Apartments - 11:30
  34. Underwood Apartments 1 - 12:00
  35. Veterans Park - 12:00
  36. Westview Baptist Church - 12:00
  37. Westwood School - 12:00
  38. White’s Pediatrics - 11:45
  39. Wood Park Estates - 12:00

A short list of public parks and their addresses are:

  • Al Rollins Park at 521 Threadmill Road - 12:00
  • Civitan Public Park at 505 Shugart Road - 12:00
  • Dalton Green Park at the Corner of Spencer and Thornton Avenue - 11:45
  • Dalton Recreation Department at 904 Civic Drive - 12:00
  • Joan Lewis Park at 4th Avenue - 12:00
  • Mack Gaston Community Center at 218 Fredrick Street - 11:30
  • Mount Rachel Trail Park at W. Park Street - 12:00
  • Lakeshore Park at 1212 Dennard Drive - 11:30
  • Otic Cook Memorial Park at 800 Parkway - 12:00
  • Veterans Park at the Corner of Veterans and Mitchell Street - 12:00

Big Red Reads

Below is the summer schedule for Big Red READS. Big Red READS is a mobile library that brings books to our K-12 students during the summer months. It is a very rewarding experience to connect with our students in the summer and to promote their continued growth as readers!

Big Red READS is entering its 7th year. To date, we have given away more than 11,000 books and had more than 4,000 student checkouts of leveled texts. We need your help to make this summer as successful as years past! If you would like to volunteer during the summer please contact Alice Ensley with the dates you are available. Volunteers meet at the location and help load and unload the bus. Volunteers help students select books and manage check out.

Thanks so much for supporting our students ALL year!

Cat Reading Book Logo

Look for Big Red READS between 11:30-12:30 and get books to keep you reading all summer!

Monday, June 5

Roan School

1116 Roan Street

Wednesday, June 7

Blue Ridge School

100 S Bogle Street

Monday, June 12

Lakeshore Park

70 Crescent Street

Monday, June 12 3-4pm

City Park School

405 School Street

Wednesday, June 14

Veterans Park

Veterans Drive

Monday, June 19

Cliff Apartments

826 Shugart Road

Wednesday, June 21

Westwood School

708 Trammell Street

Monday, June 26

Roan School

1116 Roan Street

Wednesday, June 28

Blue Ridge

100 S Bogle Street

Monday, July 10

Lakeshore Park

70 Crescent Street

Wednesday, July 12

Veterans Park

Veterans Drive

Monday, July 17

Cliff Apartments

826 Shugart Road

Monday, July 17 3-4pm

City Park School

405 School Street

Wednesday, July 19

Westwood School

708 Trammell Street

Storytime & Free Books

First Presbyterian Storytime at Joan Lewis Park

700 4th Avenue


Thursday, June 8

Thursday, June 22

Thursday, July 6

Thursday, July 20

Camps and Activities

Youth Sports Camps at DHS

Catamount Youth Football Camp

May 30 - 31

6 - 9 p.m.

DHS Turf Field

Lady Cats Youth Softball Camp

June 5 - 7

9 a.m. - noon

DHS Softball Field

Catamount Youth Baseball Camp

June 6 - 8

9 a.m. - noon

Al Rollins Park

DHS Youth Cheerleading Clinic

June 12 - 15 &/OR July 24 - 27

8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

City Park Elementary Gym

Boys Catamount Youth Lacrosse Camp

June 12 - 14

9 a.m. - noon

DHS Turf Field

Catamounts Boys & Girls Youth Soccer Camp

June 12 - 14

Noon - 3 p.m.

DHS Soccer Fields

Lady Cats Youth Basketball Camp

June 12 - 14

Noon - 4 p.m.


Dalton-Whitfield County Library Events

Dalton-Whitfield County Library Summer Library Program

Build a Better World Read!

The Dalton-Whitfield County Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Program, “Build a Better World, READ,” provides opportunities for families to come together and create wonderful memories. This program is for children, teens and adults. There are special events and reading challenges for all. Reading Challenge sign-up starts May 22. Those who complete the reading challenge get their name in a drawing for prizes. List of special events below:

Printable List of Events - EnglishPrintable List of Events - Spanish

Special Summer Events for Kids

Ventriloquist Gene Cordova: Gene’s laugh-out-loud program features puppets and comedy and celebrates the importance of reading.

Wednesday, May 31 - 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. @ Dalton-Whitfield County Library

Thursday, June 1 - 12:30 p.m. @ Dug Gap Elementary

Thursday, June 1 - 2:30 p.m. @ Antioch Elementary

Scientist Ben Roy: Ben will perform a thrilling science show featuring audience participation. He makes learning a blast!

Tuesday, June 6- 10:30 a.m. @ First Baptist Church in Dalton

Tuesday, June 6- 12:30 p.m. @ Tunnel Hill Elementary

Wednesday, June 6- 10:30 a.m. @ Cohutta Elementary

Friday, June 9- 1:30 p.m. @ Dug Gap Elementary

Friday, June 9- 3:30 p.m. @ Antioch Elementary

Storyteller Laurel Alford: Laurel puts her twist on storytelling by making incredible balloon props and masks and getting the audience involved!
Thursday, June 15- 12:30 p.m. @ Dug Gap Elementary

Thursday, June 5- 2:30 p.m. @ Antioch Elementary

Friday, June 16- 10:30 a.m. @ Dalton-Whitfield County Library

Friday, June 16- 12:30 p.m. @ Tunnel Hill Elementary

Friday, June 16- 2:30 p.m. @ Cohutta Elementary

Animal Adventures: As a former exotic animal trainer and zoo educator, Robin Pressley-Keough brings her furry friends to meet kids and teach them how to build a better world for animals!

Tuesday, June 20- 12:30 p.m. @ Doug Gap Elementary

Tuesday, June 20- 2:30 p.m. @ Antioch Elementary

Wednesday, June 21- 10:30 a.m. @ Dalton-Whitfield County Library

Wednesday, June 21- 12:30 p.m. @ Tunnel Hill Elementary

Wednesday, June 21- 2:30 p.m. @ Cohutta Elementary

Magician Ken Scott: Celebrate completing the summer reading program with food and fun! Three-time winner of Greater Atlanta Magician of the Year, Ken Scott, will wow families with his magic show!

Friday, June 30th 4:00 pm @ First Baptist Church of Dalton

Storytime: Tuesdays @ 11:00

May 30 - Build a Better World: Folktales

June 13 - Build a Better Building: Construction

June 20 - Build a Better Environment: Recycling

June 27 - Build a Better Community: Community Helpers

Creation Station:*Pre-register Required Thursdays @ 1:00 - 2:30

June 8 - Build a Better Summer

June 15 - Build a Better Board Game

June 22 - Build a Better Environment

June 29 - Build a Better Community

Summer Reading Events for Teens

Friday, June 2 @ 1:00 pm Scientist Christopher Wozny

Friday, June 9 @ 3:00 pm Build it with Minecraft

Thursday, June 15 @ 3:00 pm Build a Better Birdhouse

Friday, June 23 @ 3:00 pm Life Size Monopoly

Saturday, July 8 @ 2:00 - 8:00 End of Summer Reading Lock-In (for teens who complete the challenge)

Summer Reading Events for Adults

Wednesday, May 31 @ 11:00 - 1:00 Beading Circle - Jewelry Making

Thursday, June 8 @ 5:30 pm Build a Better World Recycle - Nature Crafts

Wednesday, June 14 @ 11:00 - 1:00 Beading Circle - Jewelry Making

Thursday, June 22 @ 5:30 pm Build a Better World Recycle - Turn old tires into planters

Wednesday, June 28 @ 11:00 - 1:00 Beading Circle - Jewelry Making

All programs are free. For more information call 706-876-1360 or visit

Community Camps

NamePhone NumberWho?AgesCostDatesApplication Info
Camp Aim706-272-7919

Mary Smith

Children with history of sexual abuse

K - 12FreeJune 5 - 16
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Contact school counselor or social worker or call Family Support council.
Boys and Girls Club706-226-2582


All children at all locations (Limited spots)5 - 18$30 - 60 per week. Some partial scholarships available. June 5 - July 28Go to Boys and Girls Club at 1013 Underwood St. 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Registration is $30 (can be waived).
Camp High Hopes706-278-6595
Karen Paz

Children who have had services through NWGA Crisis Center -

Domestic Violence or who have experienced homelessness

7 - 15FreeJune 19 - 23
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Contact your school social worker- must be referred by school social worker or crisis center (Scholarships might be available)

Camp Super Star at NWHSJosh RubenAll Children6 - 14$75TBA
9 a.m. - noon
Contact Josh at

Community Center Summer Fun Camp706-278-8205All Children5 - 13$60 per weekMay 29 - July 28Call or stop by Community Center to register.
Creative Arts Guild (Music, Dance, Art and gymnastics)706-278-0168 or www.creativeartsguild.orgAll Children.Ages Depends on camp.Cost Depends oncamp.

Different for each camp.Call or visit to learn more.
Design and Engineering Camp at NWGA College and Career AcademyDalton Chamber Barbara Ward
Middle SchoolRising 6 - 8 GradeFreeNew campers June 5 - 8
Returning campers June 6 - 9

Dalton Chamber is hosting this, limited space

Contact info:

Kiddie Carousel Summer Fun Camp706-259-8662All Children5 - 12$85 per weekMay 30 - August 4Call Kiddie Carousel
Precious Possessions Kids Camp706-278-8207All Children5 - 12$95 per weekMay 30 - August 4Call Precious Possessions
4-H Camps:
706-278-8207All Children

Call 4-H or go to the office at 104 S. Thornton Avenue


At Rock Eagle

5- 6th gr


July 10-14


At Jekyll Island

7-8th gr


June 12-16


At Rock Eagle

9-12th gr


May 29-June 2


At Rock Eagle

9-12th gr


June 12-16

Marine Camp

At Jekyll Island

6-8th gr


July 3-7th

Wilderness Challenge

Wahsega 4-H Center

7-8th gr


July 17-21

Dalton Parks and Recreation Camps: Rising Sun and Sunshine706-278-5404
Lisa Hughey
Students with a diagnosis of mild to moderate disabilitiesAges 5 - 8 and 9 - 15TBATBAGo to Dalton Parks and Recreation on Civic Drive to register.
Salvation Army Day Camps:706-278-3966

All ChildrenNo cost.Go by Salvation Army and Pick up applications. 1101 N. Thornton Avenue
Sr. Conservatory Music7 - 12
Sunbeam/Ranger Camps13 - 17
Guard - Explorer CampGirls Grade 6 - 12
Adventurer CampBoys Grade 1 - 5
Junior Soldier CampBoys Grade 10 - 12
Boy Scouts of America706-272-7111Boys6 - 18VariesThroughout SummerCall Boy Scout Office
Girl Scouts of America706-226-1435GirlsVariesVariesThroughout SummerCall or go by office (2202 E. Walnut Ave) or website.
SEO Martial Arts 706-226-0855All Children5-18Weekly and Daily RatesJune 1 - July 31Call or visit 1024 Riverburch Pkwy
Crossroads Summer Camp (Based out of Calvary Baptist Church)706-270-3091All Children6 - 16$100 per week
Transportation provided, scholarships available
June 5 - 9
June 12 - 16
July 10 - 14
July 17 - 21
Registration starts May 1st, call 706-270-3091 or e-mail Jeff Bramblett at

Go Lead Camp706-876-1590High SchoolJune 5 - 15
9 a.m. - noon
June 16
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Register with United Way

Whitfield/Murray Historical Society706-278-02174th - 9th Grade$60June 5 - 9
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Basketball Skills Camp706-879-4528
Frank Pinson
Boys and Girls3rd - 9th Grade$60, includes lunch and t-shirtJune 26 - 29 at Mack Gaston Center
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Sunshine House Early Learning Academy Summer Camp Challenge706-673-9464All Children5 - 12Full and half week ratesJune and JulyCall Camp or email
WinShape Camp706-279-3175July 10 - 14 at DMS
Creative Discovery Museum CampsNancy at (423) 648-6045 or Sheila at (423) 648-6040.

Varies4 - 5, 8 - 12, 5 - 12VariesVariesVisit full list here.
Tech Town Camps

DPS Summer School

Dalton Public Schools Summer School 2017 at MIHS


What: Summer school for credit recovery

When: june 5 - july 20 (Monday - Thursday)

Closed July 3 - 7 for holidays

Morning Session: 8:00 - 11:30 a.m.

No afternoon session

EOCT's: July 17 - 19, makeups July 20

Where: Morris innovative high school

104 Fort Hill Terrace
Dalton, GA 30721
Phone: 706-876-4150
Fax: 706-278-4998
Email: Russ Southerland

Cost: $150 per 1/2 credit course, $200 for full credit

Registration: June 1 - 2, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the MIHS gymnasium

Must register in person and pay at time of registration

*Courses will be delivered through the OdysseyWare online curriculum with a certified teacher present in the lab.
Note: Students may start an additional course for credit recovery if the first O.W. course is completed prior to June 22. Additional charges will apply. Courses may not be carried over beyond summer school. Incomplete courses will earn failing grades.

Clases de Verano 2017 a MIHS

Qué: Escuela de verano para la recuperación de créditos

Cuándo: Junio 5-Julio 20 (Lunes-Jueves)

Cerrado: del 3 al 7 de julio para vacaciones

Sesión de la mañana: 8 - 11:30 a.m.

No hay sesión de la tarde

Examen EOCT’s: 17 - 19 de julio, retomar 20 de julio

Dónde: Morris Innovative High School

104 Fort Hill Terrace
Dalton, GA 30721
Phone: 706-876-4150
Fax: 706-278-4998
Correo electrónico: Russ Southerland

Costo: $ 150.00 por curso de 1/2 crédito y $ 200.00 por crédito completo

Inscripción: 1 al 2 de junio (8:00 a.m. a 12:00 p.m.) a Gimnasio MIHS

DEBE INSCRIBIRSE EN PERSONA Y PAGAR al momento de la inscripción.

* Currículo con un maestro certificado presente en el laboratorio.
Nota: Los estudiantes pueden comenzar un curso adicional para recuperación de crédito si el primer curso de O.W es completa antes del 22 de junio. Adicional: Se aplicarán cargos por cursos adicionales Los cursos no pueden seguir más allá de la Escuela de Verano. Escuela de Verano: Los cursos incompletos obtendrán calificaciones reprobadas.

Safety Tips

Water Safety Facts

  • Swimming pools are the most common site for a drowning to occur for children ages 1 to 4.
  • 5,209 children in U.S. will sustain nonfatal near drowning-related injuries this year.
  • 89 percent of boating deaths of all ages occurred on boats where the operator had not received boating safety instructions.
  • The majority of infant drowning deaths happen in bathtubs or large buckets.
  • African-American kids ages 5 to 14 are almost three times more likely to drown than white children.
  • The use of specially made drain covers, safety vacuum-release systems, multiple filter pumps and other pressure-venting pool filter mechanisms can reduce the risk of entrapment in pools.

Top Tips

  • Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult.
  • Empty all tubs, buckets, containers and kiddie pools immediately after use. Store them upside down so they don’t collect water.
  • Close toilet lids and use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning.
  • Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.
  • Install fences around home pools. A pool fence should surround all sides of the pool and be at least four feet tall with self-closing and self-latching gates.
  • Know what to do in an emergency. Learning CPR and basic water rescue skills may help you save a life.

More info at

From the State of Georgia's Division of Family and Children Services

Lack of Supervision Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions

Many individuals have questions regarding at what age children may be left unsupervised. While there are no State laws regarding the supervision of children, DFCS has guidelines which we follow. The guidelines are as follows:

• Children eight years or younger should not be left alone

• Children between the ages of nine years and twelve years, based on level of maturity, may be left alone for brief (less than two hours) periods of time; and,

• Children thirteen years and older, who are at an adequate level of maturity, may be left alone and may perform the role of babysitter, as authorized by the parent, for up to twelve hours.

These guidelines pertain only to children who are not in the Department’s custody. Situations involving children for whom the department has placement responsibility are governed by foster care requirements. There are sometimes circumstances where an unsupervised older child is at risk or where a younger child has the maturity level to be left alone or to care for other children. Some examples are:

• It may not be advisable to leave an older child who has a special condition or disability alone.

• Consideration may be given to a child younger than 13 years, who exhibits strong maturity skills and has participated in a course on babysitting, to be alone or to care for other children. Suggested questions to ask are:

1) Does the child know the emergency plan for the family?

2) Does the child know the parent's phone numbers (work and home)?

3) Can the child demonstrate the plan and recite the numbers?

4) What is the availability of the parent during this time?

5) Are there environmental factors that add further risk to the situation?

6) Are there factors that reduce risk, i.e. supportive/available neighbors?

If you have questions and want to talk to the local Whitfield DFCS Office, please call 706-272-2834. If you suspect child abuse or neglect, please call 855-GA-CHILD.