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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.

NeYo Ho! Ho! GRAMMY musician spreads holiday cheer to Atlanta youth

NeYo Ho! Ho! GRAMMY musician spreads holiday cheer to Atlanta youth

He’s worked with everyone from Whitney Houston to Enrique Iglesias and Las Vegas-born GRAMMY Award-Winning Songwriter/Actor, Shaffer “NE-YO” Chimere Smith, now considers Atlanta home, yet still finds time to continuously make an impact upon the Atlanta community by providing a brighter holiday season for youth living in foster care.

On Thursday, December 20, NE-YO and his youth foundation, The Compound Foundation, made a surprise visit to the Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club located 1330 N. Druid Hills Road Atlanta, GA as a part of his 6th Annual Compound Foundation Giving Tour. Annually he partners with The Boys & Girls Clubs of America as a way to give back generously to the foundation that gave him so much as a young man.

FMSA and Sandy Springs church partner for Thanksgiving

FMSA and Sandy Springs church partner for Thanksgiving

First Montessori School of Atlanta has partnered with the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church on its annual Thanksgiving Outreach Project. The church expects to provide a warm and nourishing meal for more than 350 homeless and needy individuals in the Sandy Springs area from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 22. The church is located on Mount Vernon Highway.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

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.

FMSA Students Collect Eyeglasses for OneSight

FMSA Students Collect Eyeglasses for OneSight

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The First Montessori School of Atlanta Kids Care Club recently collected 145 pairs of eyeglasses to benefit OneSight, a family of vision care charities dedicated to providing healthy vision, eyewear and sun protection to people in need around the world.

The FMSA Kids Care Club is comprised of 25 students, who range in age from six to eleven years old. The club empowers children to help better our world by sponsoring and participating in hands-on service projects.

The eyewear collected during the month-long drive included reading glasses, bifocals, sunglasses and non-prescription glasses, said Kids Care Club Coordinator Heather South. The glasses were given to LensCrafters to distribute through OneSight.

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.

Corner Bakery supports No Kid Hungry

Corner Bakery supports No Kid Hungry

ATLANTA -- Eating at Corner Bakery Cafe this month can help feed a hungry child.

The cafe chain is participating in Dine Out for No Kid Hungry, a program that partners restaurants with an organization that works to end childhood hunger in the United States.

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"September is definitely a favorite month for all of us at Corner Bakery Cafe because of the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry," Corner Bakery chief marketing officer Diana Hovey said in a statement. "Over the past four years, through the generosity of our guests, franchise partners and our team, we have been able to contribute over $610,000."

Hovey added that Corner Bakery hopes to raise $325,000 for No Kid Hungry in 2012.