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Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

ATLANTA -- More than 200 metro Atlanta middle school students attended a peace rally and workshop hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. over the weekend.

The rally was a kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, which begins Monday. 40 Days of Peace is a commitment to kindness and service that encourages young people to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Saturday's rally, speakers encouraged attendees to stop bullying and stay out of gangs. Police officers gave a presentation on how to interact with law enforcement.

A concurrent workshop for the parents in attendance focused on implementing strategies to keep children safe and on the right track in life.

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.

Governor's Office of Children and Families gives second grant to DeKalb

Governor's Office of Children and Families gives second grant to DeKalb

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis announced on Tuesday that DeKalb will receive a second performance-based grant from the Governor's Office of Children and Families.

According to Ellis's office, the $300,000 Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting grant will be put towards ensuring that children ages 0-5 are ready for school. The grant will also provide prenatal health support for pregnant women using the Parent as Teachers and Early Head Start/Home Based Option models for home visiting.

To provide services to families, DeKalb County will partner with Refugee Family Services, Scottdale Child Development and Family Resource Center and Partnership for Community Action - Early Head Start.

Through the previous MIECHV grant, DeKalb families received home visiting services, including all cultures, socioeconomic statuses, races and circumstantial needs.

 

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.

Free 'Feria Hispana de Salud' for Ga. Hispanics

Free 'Feria Hispana de Salud' for Ga. Hispanics

ATLANTA -- North DeKalb Health Center will hold a free bilingual health fair in conjunction with the Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia (HHCGA).

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. on Saturday, Oct. 6. The goal of the event is to help more than 400 families by providing free health services like blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, women's clinical exams, flu shots and more.

"Providing Latinos in our region with access to health care isn't just an important goal; it is essential to the success of our community," HHCGA executive director Heidy Guzman said in a statement. "By reducing barriers to health care access, the result will be healthier families and, ultimately, a healthier community which will benefit us all."

North DeKalb Health Center is located at 3807 Clairmont Road in Atlanta.

Get Your Kids Moving Outdoors

Get Your Kids Moving Outdoors

By Eric King, ASLA, King Landscaping, www.EricKingLandscaping.com

Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. Physical activity can help control weight; build lean muscle; reduce fat; promote strong bone, muscle and joint development; and decrease the risk of obesity. To grow up to a healthy weight, kids need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day.

It's getting more difficult to get children to want to go outdoors. Let's Move, a nationwide effort to raise a healthier generation, says eight to 18 year-old adolescents spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media during a typical day.

We are fortunate to live in a warm climate that provides ample opportunities for children to play outside. What we need to do is remove the obstacles that deter them from doing so.

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Summer in the south is officially here! With rising temperatures, it is important to take steps to protect those around us who might be vulnerable to the heat, like our children and pets.

Did you know that we lose heat by sweating? Water literally evaporates into the atmosphere and sucks the heat out of our bodies. Children produce even more heat than adults. This is because they have more body surface for their height. Children are also closer to the ground – and to hot pavement. They can easily become dehydrated or overheated.

Here are some tips to keep your children and pets safe in the heat.