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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

Shoe Drive at FMSA: Community invited to participate

Shoe Drive at FMSA: Community invited to participate

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- If you're running out of shelf space to store your shoes, consider donating a few pairs to the Soles4Souls shoe drive. Through Friday, Nov. 2, First Montessori School of Atlanta, located at 5750 Long Island Drive in Sandy Springs, has a drop box available in the school pavilion to accept donations from the community.

Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) organization that collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you. Since 2005, the organization has delivered over 19 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes to people in more than 125 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal and the United States.

Chastain named Atlanta's most connected neighborhood

Chastain named Atlanta's most connected neighborhood

ATLANTA -- Chastain is the most connected neighborhood in Atlanta, according to a new list.

The list was released Tuesday by Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods. To make the list, a neighborhood must actively use Nextdoor's technology to organize events, report local crime, meet new people and more.

"These neighborhoods are using technology to build stronger, safer, more connected places to call home," Nextdoor spokesperson Kelsey Grady said in a statement.

Avondale Estates was named Atlanta's second-most connected neighborhood. Virginia Highland was No. 3; Sexton Woods in Chamblee was No. 4; and the Paces Civic Association was No. 5.

To learn more about Nextdoor, visit nextdoor.com.

Fulton Fresh celebrates end of 2012 season

Fulton Fresh celebrates end of 2012 season

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension will celebrate the end of the second season of the Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market on Wednesday, September 12th at the Shrine of the Black Madonna located at 946 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am.  

Fulton County Cooperative Extension, in an effort to address health disparities, began the Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market Program in 2011.  Fulton County residents living in “food deserts." areas with limited access to mainstream grocery stores, are able to get fresh vegetables and nutrition education from the Fulton Fresh mobile units.

In response to public demand, the program added an additional mobile unit to reach more communities.  The Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market trucks delivered an estimated 8 tons of fresh produce to more than 1,800 residents living in 12 areas identified as food deserts.   In 2011, Fulton Fresh provided

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."

Holy Innocents’ senior collecting backpacks for foster kids

Holy Innocents’ senior collecting backpacks for foster kids

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Former foster child Freedom Wright knows what it means to wonder where your next dress or pair of blue jeans will come from. That’s one reason why the 17-year-old senior at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School is trying to help older kids living in the foster care system.

Wright is holding a backpack drive at Holy Innocents’ this fall to help make sure that foster kids in sixth grade and up will have access to backpacks, either new or gently used. The drive benefits the Foster Care Support Foundation.

“I remember bouncing from house to house,” says Freedom, who was in foster care for three years and eight months before being adopted. “You never knew where your next meal or set of clothes were going to come from.”

Eat out, raise money, help kids

Eat out, raise money, help kids

ATLANTA -- You can do your part this week to curb Georgia's high school dropout rate. All you need to do is eat at one of your favorite restaurants.

On Thursday, Aug. 23, proceeds from restaurants across the state will be donated to Communities in Schools of Georgia, an organization that encourages young people to complete their education and succeed in life.

The sixth annual Dine Out for Kids event hopes to exceed last year's total of $30,000 for children in the state.

Communities in Schools, which has chapters across the country, provides mentoring and after-school services, including parent education, literacy programs and youth leadership opportunities.

Participating Dine Out for Kids restaurants in Atlanta and Decatur include:

Agave
* 242 Boulevard SE