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AKA holding peace rally for middle school students

AKA holding peace rally for middle school students

ATLANTA -- Members of metro Atlanta's chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will hold a peace rally and workshop for middle school students over the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Ivy Community Center in southwest Atlanta. It is part of the 40 Days of Peace project, which aims to spread service and kindness through the country.

The peace rally and workshop will aim to teach young people about Dr. King's mission, and to raise awareness of crime and crime prevention strategies. Law enforcement members will also give an interactive presentation to encourage children to stamp out gangs and bullying.

Middle school students from several metro Atlanta counties -- Cobb, Cherokee, Clayton, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale -- are expected to participate.

Free seminars on getting money for college

Free seminars on getting money for college

ATLANTA -- A free workshop on getting thousands of dollars for your child’s college education will be hosted at the following locations and at the following dates and times:

  • Hilton Garden Inn – Atlanta/Wildwood, January 17, 7:15pm to 8:45pm.
  • Hampton Inn – Fayetteville, Tuesday, January 29, 7:15pm to 8:45pm.

The speaker will be Brian J. Ball, ChFC®. He will be discussing such topics as how to send your kids to the school of their dreams without going broke; how to triple your eligibility for aid; how to find scholarships and grants you’ve never even heard of.

Additional topics to be included:

School system responds to Sandy Hook ES tragedy

School system responds to Sandy Hook ES tragedy

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fayette County Public School System released a statement in the wake of last week's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

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In the note, which can be read here, the school system explains that it "is deeply saddened" by the massacre and "mourns for the families and community of Newtown, Connecticut."

It outlines the measures that the system has taken to ensure the safety of all students and teachers.

"Our school system was the first in Georgia to create an emergency preparedness plan following the events of Columbine," the letter reads. "The plan covers any potential emergency that might happen, including an intrusion."

Shop with a Sheriff comes to Fayette

Shop with a Sheriff comes to Fayette

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- The Fayette County Sheriff's Office is providing a special Christmas for 35 local children.

The office's Shop with a Sheriff program, now in its sixth year, gives deputies the opportunity to take needy children on a holiday shopping spree at Walmart.

Most of each child's Shop with a Sheriff allotment goes to warm clothes. Any leftover money can be spent on toys.

Deputies said that, in the past, most children were more concerned about buying clothes and gifts for their siblings and parents than themselves.

This year's Shop with a Sheriff event will be held Dec. 15 at the Fayetteville Pavilion Walmart.

Anyone interested in making a tax deductible donation to Shop with a Sheriff can mail a check to P.O. Box 143606, Fayetteville, 30214. Donations can also be made online at shopwithasheriff.com.

Belk santafest to spread holiday cheer

Belk santafest to spread holiday cheer

ATLANTA -- Belk department stores will host their first-ever santafest holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 1.

All santafests will be held from noon to 3 p.m.

Highlights include crafts, family-friend activities, Christmas treats and, of course, the chance to meet Santa Claus. Participants can enter a drawing to win a $50 kids wardrobe; three winners will be chosen from each Belk store.

Visit belk.com for more information and to find your nearest store.

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

ATLANTA -- Georgia children in Pre-K through 5th grade can now color their way to a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

In honor of College Savings Month, the statewide college savings program is hosting a coloring contest with a $1,529 scholarship at stake.

To win the money, children must color a picture of Hootie the Wise Old Owl and complete a sentence: When I graduate, I'm going to be a ________.

Download the picture of Hootie here.

Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30 and must be received no later than Oct. 5. More information about the contest can be found at path2college529.com.

A winner will be randomly chosen in mid-October.

Walk to support Piedmont Fayette Hospital

Walk to support Piedmont Fayette Hospital

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The second annual Cancer Wellness Walk for Piedmont Fayette Hospital will be held next month in Peachtree City.

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Proceeds from the walk will benefit the Fayetteville hospital's Cancer Wellness Center.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Drake Field.

Register online or by mail. The cost is $20 for adults or $30 for one adult and one child.

Visit the Cancer Wellness Walk website for all the details.