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Fulton County 4-H teaches students through hands-on activities

Fulton County 4-H teaches students through hands-on activities

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- As students head back to school, Fulton County Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Program will begin the fall session with a list of fun, challenging activities to enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society.

“4-H has been a staple in many communities providing guidance and structure for students,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Our program focus is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge and developing life skills through hands-on experiences.”

The Fulton County 4-H Program has offered students fun activities such as going to Cloverleaf Summer Camp (Rock Eagle 4-H Center), taking the Animal Safari Tour and the Cochran Mill Nature Center Tour. Students also receive leadership and communication skills training as well as learn about foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation, and citizenship.

Random Act of Kindness: The Cookie Studio

Random Act of Kindness: The Cookie Studio


ATLANTA -- July 9 is National Sugar Cookie Day, so what better way to celebrate than by surprising a few hardworking nurses with a sweet treat from The Cookie Studio?

Barbara, owner of The Cookie Studio on Pharr Road in Buckhead, teamed up with 11Alive's Trafficologists, Crash and Fred, to surprise nurses at Piedmont Hospital.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

Local restaurants make 5 Make-a-Wish dreams come true

Local restaurants make 5 Make-a-Wish dreams come true

(WXIA) -- Diners at two metro Atlanta-based restaurant chains had a hand in making wishes come true for five very special children.

Throughout March and April, J. Christopher's and Reveille Café customers donated more than $47,000 to the Make-a-Wish organizations in Georgia and Middle Tennessee. Make-a-Wish grants surprises to children living with life-threatening medical conditions.

Thanks to the diners' generosity, Make-a-Wish was able to send five kids on trips of a lifetime:

Andrea, age 3
Hematologic (blood) disorder
Andrea got to go to Disney World and meet her idols -- Mickey and Minnie; Peter Pan and Tinkerbell; Pluto and Goofy.

Bryce, age 4
Wilms' tumor (kidney cancer)
Bryce got to fly on a plane to Disney World, ride the rides and meet Mickey Mouse.

Elijah, age 8
Respiratory condition
Elijah took an "absolutely awesome" trip to Disney World.

Morgan Stanley goes 'over the edge to benefit Special Olympics Georgia

Morgan Stanley goes 'over the edge to benefit Special Olympics Georgia

ATLANTA -- On Saturday, April 26, Michael Outlaw, Managing Director, Complex Manager at Morgan Stanley in Atlanta, was “tossed” over the edge of the Buckhead Tower. After training in the morning, Outlaw rappelled down the building. Over the Edge staff made sure they were safe on the roof and ground as spotters and helpers.

The event benefited Special Olympics Georgia and its 26,702 athletes. Morgan Stanley raised more than $5,000. For every $100 donated, one athlete is sent to the state games. 

“We are very excited about supporting the Special Olympics and the athletes in our community,” explained Outlaw. “Morgan Stanley raised funds which earned the right to “toss” me and client associate Brittany Wilson over the edge. I’m delighted that our team efforts will send at least 50 athletes to the games.”

A special Random Act of Kindness for Amber Chance, who vowed to complete 70 Random Acts of her own

A special Random Act of Kindness for Amber Chance, who vowed to complete 70 Random Acts of her own

ATLANTA -- It's rare to find someone willing to complete so many Random Acts of Kindness at their own will, and on their own dime.

That's just what Amber Chance set her mind to. Just 71 days out from her grandmother's 70th birthday, she decided to complete 70 Random Acts of Kindness for strangers, coworkers, and friends to honor her grandmother.

Amber kept up with all of the Random Acts on her Facebook page, "Granny Rak," where friends and followers write on the page's wall to share their own Random Acts that they were drawn to complete. From bringing healthy snacks to coworkers, to leaving special cards for strangers, Amber's special project drew quite the following.

11Alive teams up with STAR 94's Cindy Simmons for a special Random Act of Kindness.

11Alive teams up with STAR 94's Cindy Simmons for a special Random Act of Kindness.

ATLANTA -- This morning we're teaming up with Cindy Simmons of STAR 94 - 90s to Now for a special Random Act of Kindness.

Cindy joined Karyn Greer and DeMarco Morgan at the anchor desk Thursday morning as part of 11Alive's Radio Week. Karyn and Cindy surprised Heather Schneider, a STAR 94 employee who works two jobs at the station - in the accounting department and as a team member in the station's promotions department.

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