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Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

By Megan Nellen, Lower School Principal at The Walker School

1. Community Service: Use the break to plan community service ideas for the coming year. Kids can write flyers and notes asking neighbors to save and donate any holiday décor they plan on tossing out to be used next year for a family without a tree or decorations. Children of all ages can help make and deliver sandwiches for a homeless mission or shelter or make cards and pictures for a local nursing home.

2. Reuse, Recycle, Entertain: Collect leftover boxes, ribbons and paper and have your kids use them to build a robot or make a game. Each year at The Walker School second graders use cardboard to make arcade games.

Fayette County Bar Association collects toys for foster children

Fayette County Bar Association collects toys for foster children

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fayette County Bar Association is doing its part to spread holiday cheer to the county's foster children.

The group recently collected 65 toys for Bloom Our Youth, a non-profit that cares for local abandoned, abused and neglected children.

Fayette County attorneys plan to distribute the donated toys to foster children and families in need.

Bloom Our Youth runs the Friday-Johnson House, a residential children's home in Brooks, and a clothing resource center called the Bloom Closet. Learn more at bloomouryouth.org.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Fayette students to raise money for children's shelter

Fayette students to raise money for children's shelter

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Bloom, Fayette County's charity for abused children, will host a fundraiser at 14 local elementary schools next month.

The 24th annual Power Parade will be held Nov. 3-7. Students at participating schools will take part in a walk-a-thon during their PE classes. They are encouraged to solicit pledges from family, friends and neighbors.

"Bloom's annual walk-a-thon allows students the opportunity to help other children their own age who are living in desperate circumstances," said Deborah Friday, a PE teacher at Peeples Elementary School in Fayetteville. "It's so important to get students involved in supporting our community's charities, especially at a young age."

Participants will also be treated to surprise visits from Powerman, the initiative's mascot. Powerman, a red-masked superhero, will teach children about the importance of helping those in need.

PROBE College Fair coming to Fayette

PROBE College Fair coming to Fayette

TYRONE, Ga. -- The popular PROBE College Fair will stop in Tyrone this week, giving high school students an opportunity to speak directly to representatives from their favorite colleges and universities.

The fair will be Thursday, Sept. 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Sandy Creek High School.

A number of schools in several states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee and the Carolinas, will be represented. See a complete list of participating colleges.

Learn more and register to attend the fair at gaprobe.org.

Sandy Creek High School is located at 360 Jenkins Road.

Walk With a Doc program extended in Newnan

Walk With a Doc program extended in Newnan

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Due to its growing popularity, Piedmont Newnan’s Walk With a Doc program will be extended through November. The hospital had planned to hold their last walk of the year on Aug. 23 but, after back-to-back record turnouts, Piedmont made the decision to continue the program.

"This is a huge benefit for our community here in Newnan," said Piedmont Newnan CEO Mike Robertson. "The fact that we had another record turnout during our July walk is just phenomenal and shows that our Coweta County community is serious about healthy living."

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

(WXIA) -- More than 80,000 Georgia children are enrolled in the state's Pre-K Program for the 2014-15 school year.

Pre-K is open to all 4 year olds, regardless of household income. Assistant commissioner Susan Adams said that it is the first school experience for many children.

"For this reason, we take our roles very seriously, and we work really hard to provide Georgia's children with positive and meaningful experiences," Adams said in a release.

In Pre-K, students study language, literacy and math while making new friends and building foundations for lifelong learning. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends parents visit their children's classrooms in advance to familiarize them with their new surroundings, and dress them in comfortable clothes and shoes every day. If students have a tendency to feel lonely, parents can send them to school with family photos to cheer them up, and blankets or stuffed animals to snuggle at naptime.