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School system hosts food drive

School system hosts food drive

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- Clayton County Public Schools is proud to announce that its annual Holiday Food Drive was a success.

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Students throughout the system were very generous, giving canned and nonperishable foods, coats, hats, gloves and other items for needy families in the community.

"The generosity of our students and teachers is just overwhelming," Tamera Foley, executive director of Student Services, said in a statement. "We are really blessed to have such a giving community."

50 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up' to promote tolerance

50 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up' to promote tolerance

ATLANTA -- Fifty schools in Georgia were represented at this year's Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

The event, which is part of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project, encourages children to step outside their comfort zones and sit with someone new at lunch.

"When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common," Teaching Tolerance director Maureen Costello said in a statement. "Mix It Up is a positive step that can help create schools where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group."

Nearly 3,000 schools across the country took part in Mix It Up at Lunch Day on Oct. 30.

Participating Georgia schools include:

Atlanta
Galloway School
North Atlanta HS
School of Health Sciences and Research at Carver

Bibb County
Stratford Academy

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

ATLANTA -- Georgia students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The awards program began searching for its next batch of honorees this week. Recipients of the award are young people who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

"We have been recognizing youth volunteers since 1995 and still, every year, we're amazed by the stories of exemplary community service," Prudential chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said in a statement. "We look forward to honoring the top youth volunteers of 2013 for their selflessness, their initiative and their dedication to changing communities for the better."

Jazz on the Green at Clayton County International Park

Jazz on the Green at Clayton County International Park

FREE Concert - July 21, 2012  Jazz on the Green at Clayton County International Park.  (Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra Concert)  Concert Begins at 7:00pm .  Location:  2300 Highway 138,SE, Jonesboro, Georgia.  www.claytonparks.com   770-477-3766

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

ATLANTA -- Enjoy a cool treat and help kids in need at the same time on Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat Day.

On Thursday, June 26, the fast food chain will donate one dollar from every Blizzard Treat sold to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which provides funding for 170 children's hospitals in North America.

Learn more at miracletreatday.com.

Smoothie King raising money for Bert's Big Adventure

Smoothie King raising money for Bert's Big Adventure

ATLANTA -- Smoothie King locations across metro Atlanta are spending the entire month of June raising money for Bert's Big Adventure.

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Customers who give $1 to the non-profit will receive a $2 "bounce back" coupon from Smoothie King.

The goal is to raise at least $5,000 by the end of the month.

Bert's Big Adventure, which was founded by Bert Weiss of Q100's "The Bert Show," sends children with chronic and terminal illnesses on an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World.

Metro Atlanta has a number of Smoothie King shops:

Alpharetta
* 12280 Houze Road
* 5530 Windward Parkway, Suite 320

Athens
* 1591 South Lumpkin Street
* 2361 West Broad Street

Cops on Doughnut Shops to benefit Special Olympics

Cops on Doughnut Shops to benefit Special Olympics

ATLANTA -- Nine metro Atlanta Krispy Kreme doughnut shops will participate in this year's Cops on Doughnut Shops fundraiser for Special Olympics.

From 6 a.m. on Friday, June 8 until 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, local law enforcement officers will be on the roofs of the Krispy Kremes, where they will eat, sleep and play while collecting donations from customers.

The money raised during Cops on Doughnut Shops will go to the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Georgia.

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