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Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA), which offers a high-quality, tuition-free public education for students in Georgia, recently hosted its “Back to School” event at Stone Mountain Park on September 22, 2016. With more than 3,000 students, parents, and staff members in attendance, it was one of the largest turnouts yet. Families were encouraged to bring a picnic and blanket to the park and enjoy a day of fun while meeting other currently enrolled families, teachers, and staff.

The school also announced its new mascot, Champ, at the event. GCA students were asked to contribute ideas for the mascot and one idea was chosen. Students enjoyed several photo opportunities with Champ while at the park.

Planning and implementing an event of this magnitude requires months of advance planning and preparation. A team of staff members including Tonette Price, Kristy Howard, Angela Broussard, Maria Blencowe, and Veronica Okpani arranged activities such as booths, games, a talent show, and more.  The school’s Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) pitched in to help with crafts and snacks.  Most families agree these types of get-togethers help make GCA a place where thousands of students want to be.

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Wendy Oleksinski

Wendy Oleksinski is a high school advisor at Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA). Prior to joining GCA in July 2013, Wendy worked as a classroom teacher, private tutor, and staff development instructor for more than 13 years. Wendy graduated from Piedmont College in 2003 with a Master of Arts degree in early childhood education. She has earned numerous awards and accolades in the field of education, including Teacher of the Year for Gwinnett County Public Schools and Teacher Ambassador for K12 Inc.  Wendy currently lives in Suwanee, Georgia, and enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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