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Middle School Teacher teaches Life Skills

Via The Daily View:

Principal Charmine Johnson and staff at Roberts Middle realize that academics are important but they also recognize that guiding their students and equipping them with life skills are as equally vital in helping them to become successful adults. 

They launched this year an Advisor/Advisee Program that concentrates on teaching students talents that will successfully guide them through life and enable them to thrive productively in this society.

Life skills are provided to students every first Friday of the month for the first-45 minutes of the school day, Johnson said. "Our teachers were trained by our counseling team at the beginning of the school year and were provided with all of the instructional materials that they needed."  

Each staff member was given a grade specific notebook with les

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Lights On After School in Clayton County, Oct. 21

On October 21, 2010 Clayton County will be celebrating “Lights on after School.” This year’s celebration is extremely important because recent legislation has proposed cutting the funds associated with after school programming.

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department knows how vital these programs are to keeping our children safe and in a productive environment while school is out. Therefore, we are planning a “Lights on after School Rally” to express support for all after school programs and their funding.

The rally will be held at the International Park (2300 Hwy 138 Jonesboro). This event is the largest of its type in the Metro Atlanta Area. Food, games and arts and crafts will be available from 5:00pm-7:00pm. At 6:00pm all guests will be take part in the rally for the start of the rally. Every guest will receive a t-shirt and Light Stick upon arrival.

Potential Jurors Questioned in Cracker Barrel Case

JONESBORO, GA - Jury selection has started in the trial of a man accused of beating an Army reservist in front of her child.

Troy Dale West is accused of yelling racial slurs as he beat Tasha Hill in front of her 7-year-old daughter in September 2009 outside a Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Clayton County. He's charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment, cruelty to children, battery and disorderly conduct.

Authorities say West became enraged when Hill admonished him after he nearly hit her daughter while opening a door, while West's attorneys plan to argue that Hill spit on him.

Potential jurors were asked a slew of questions Monday, including whether they's ever fought with a stranger or been called a slur.

National School Bus Safety Week in Clayton County

Drivers beware! This week is National School Bus Safety Week in Clayton County. The week is designated to promote the protection of our students by encouraging motorists to use extra caution around school buses, school bus stops, and school zones.

Motorists should exercise extra caution driving through school zones, this week. And expect to see police enforcing traffic laws in and around school zones and school bus stops with a little more intensity, than usual.

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Women in Power Multicultural Forum, Saturday Oct. 16

This weekend, Atlanta area college students and women from across the state will assemble for “,” a nonpartisan, intergenerational event hosted by SCLC/Women’s Organizational Movement for Equality Now, Inc. and the Georgia Coalition of Black Women (GCBW). 

The public is invited to attend on Saturday Oct. 16, 10 -12 noon at the Atlanta Civic Center (395 Piedmont Avenue NE).  

The ballot power of women will be the focus this Saturday’s forum.

Douglasville Kennel Club to Host Major Dog Show

DOUGLASVILLE, GA -- Residents of the Atlanta area will have the opportunity to see quality examples of almost 160 breeds of dogs at the Douglasville Kennel Club dog show on Friday, Oct. 22.

The show, which is expected to host around 2,000 dogs, will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with Best in Show judging to be held around 4:00 p.m. It will be held at the Atlanta Exposition Center South (3850 Jonesboro Road, Atlanta, 30354).

The Douglasville Kennel Club show is the first of a three-day cluster of shows held in conjunction with the Atlanta Kennel Club and the Newnan Kennel Club. This group of shows is among the most important in the Southeast and attracts exhibitors from across the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico and South America.

The judges in the competition come from as far away as Sweden to render their expert judgements of the dogs presented.

Kaiser Permanente Kicks Off Fall Influenza Campaign

Atlanta, GA (Kaiser Permanente of Georgia) -- On October 9th, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia will kick off its fall influenza campaign by offering flu shots at no charge to its members in metro Atlanta on Flu Shot Saturday.

The flu shots will be given on a first come, first served basis at select Kaiser Permanente locations from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Non-members who are caregivers to Kaiser Permanente members can also receive a flu shot for $25. However, the member must be present at the time the non-member requests the vaccine.