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Clayton State students offering free dental services

Clayton State students offering free dental services

MORROW, Ga. -- Dental hygiene students at Clayton State University are hosting a service day where they will provide free oral health screenings and X-rays for the community.

The services will be offered Tuesday, Jan. 22 beginning at 1 p.m. at the Clayton State Dental Hygiene Clinic in the university's student center.

"Unfortunately, many in our community have experienced poor oral hygiene due to a number of reasons such as lack of dental insurance and low income," dental hygiene professor Dr. Gail Barnes said in a statement. "Students and patients provide mutually beneficial services that last long after the appointment is over."

Last year's free clinic served 14 new patients.

To make an appointment for a screening or X-ray on Jan. 22, call 678-466-4920.

North Clayton MS wins robotics challenge

North Clayton MS wins robotics challenge

ATLANTA -- The RoboTigers of North Clayton Middle School dominated at the First Lego League Senior Solutions Regional Competition over the weekend.

The robotics team beat more than 40 competitors to take the top prize at the tournament.

"As we say, 'Put the Paws on 'em!'" RoboTigers coach Nezetta Johnson said, adding that her students do well in tournaments because they know how to have fun while working hard.

"Our kids compete like crazy but still respect their teammates, coaches and even their competitors," she said.

RoboTigers members Dagm Behailu, Terrance Dorsey, Victoria Haggwood, Bailey Jordan, Kendall Jordan, Jason Purce, Ali Sesay and Camille Taylor won the weekend's championship, which was held at Clayton State University.

College expo coming to south side

College expo coming to south side

FAIRBURN, Ga. -- Students in Atlanta's southern suburbs will have the chance to attend a local college fair at the end of the month.

The Go to College Expo will be held at the Country Inn & Suites in Fairburn on Saturday, Jan. 26.

College recruiters will be on hand to answer questions about financial aid and the schools they represent. The fair is geared toward high school juniors and seniors, as well as adults and veterans who wish to return to school.

The expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Country Inn & Suites is located at 7815 Senoia Road, just off Interstate 85.

Learn more and register for the college fair at gotocollegeexpo.com.

5K to kick off Clayton State homecoming

5K to kick off Clayton State homecoming

MORROW, Ga. -- Clayton State University will begin its February homecoming with Run Clayton State, a 5K run/walk for students, alumni and anyone else who wants to participate.

The fun will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. The race begins and ends at the Harry S. Downs Center, with the race course covering the Clayton State campus.

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All participants will receive a T-shirt, with additional awards going to winners in each age group. Race admission also includes the alumni breakfast, which begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Downs Center.

Race entry is $15 until Feb. 6, when it jumps to $20. It is $25 on race day. A special family rate of $40 is available for groups of three to six runners; after Feb. 6, the family rate becomes $55, and is $75 on race day.

Hampton ES teacher honored by Falcons

Hampton ES teacher honored by Falcons

HAMPTON, Ga. -- A dedicated physical education teacher from Henry County has been recognized by the Atlanta Falcons for her hard work promoting a healthy lifestyle to her students.

Merry Watkins is the Falcons' 2011-12 First Down for Fitness Teacher of the Year. She teaches at Hampton Elementary School.

"Merry genuinely cares for her students, and it shows every day," Hampton Elementary principal Dr. Debra Collins said in a statement. "She is truly a one-of-a-kind educator with a heart for children and a passion for their well-being."

Watkins emphasizes physical fitness in her classes, but she also focuses on cooperation and community, fostering positive relationships among her students.

Jonesboro HS student wins national art contest

Jonesboro HS student wins national art contest

JONESBORO, Ga. -- A talented Jonesboro High School junior has won $500 and bragging right in a national contest.

Lily Pham placed first in the art category of the Create Real Impact competition.

Create Real Impact challenged students to create peer-to-peer messages about the dangers of distracted driving and making reckless decisions. The contest was open to high school and college students across the country. Categories included art, creative writing, music and video.

Lily's winning artwork is titled If You Only Live Once, How Do You Want to Be Remembered.

Create Real Impact is sponsored by California Casualty, which provides auto and home insurance to educators, firefighters, law enforcement officers and nurses in 44 states.

Students receive free eye exams

Students receive free eye exams

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nearly 70 students in Clayton County received free eye care and new glasses last week.

OneSight, a nonprofit that provides free glasses to disadvantaged children, sent its Vision Van and a team of volunteer doctors and lens technicians to the county.

The Vision Van is equipped with two exam areas, a frame-fitting section and a glasses manufacturing area.

"This allows our local volunteers and staff from our business in McDonough to come to these kids and others in the Atlanta area so that we can provide eye care to people who can't afford it," OneSight project manager Dawn Yager said of the van.

OneSight is a charitable initiative of Luxottica, the world's largest eyewear company.