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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.

Christmas parade to feature parachuting elf

Christmas parade to feature parachuting elf

LILBURN, Ga. -- Lilburn's annual Christmas parade will feature plenty of family fun -- and a few surprises to boot.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. The parade starts at First Baptist Church and travels down Main Street to City Park.

More than 100 floats, tractors and classic cars will take part in the parade. One of Santa's elves will parachute into City Park at around 11 a.m.

The fun continues at the park with music, activities, food and pictures with Santa.

First Baptist Church is located at 285 Main Street NW.

First Gruesome Greenway & Halloween Hayride launches in Lilburn

First Gruesome Greenway & Halloween Hayride launches in Lilburn

LILBURN, Ga. -- The City of Lilburn has announced the first Gruesome Greenway & Halloween Hayride on Saturday, September 27 at City Park.

The event is free for all who attend, including families, and will run from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. There will be activities suitable for younger children, while older kids and adults can take a Halloween-inspired hike on the Cam Creek Greenway.

The hike will be a spooky trail, according to the City of Lilburn, where students will stage scary scenes. Children under age 8 will not be permitted without an adult.

Other than the hike, all ages can participate in the hayride, kids' costume contest, creepy critters petting zoo and enjoy Halloween Treats. Hot dogs and BBQ will be for sale.

For more information, contact (770) 722-2335.

Swimming class to host tribute to veterans

Swimming class to host tribute to veterans

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The young synchronized swimmers at Collins Hill Park Aquatic Center are getting ready to host their fourth annual performance for veterans and military families.

The patriotic show will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.

The synchronized swimming group is made up of girls ages 8-14 who love to swim and are interested in honing their water skills in a creative way. Their Nov. 3 show is free and will be followed by a short reception.

For more information, visit gwinnettparks.com. Collins Hill Park is located at 2200 Collins Hill Road in Lawrenceville.

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.

Tips for Kindergarten Parents

Tips for Kindergarten Parents

Where did the time go? Wasn't it yesterday that you brought the baby home from the hospital? It's back to school time again and for those sending a child to kindergarten, it can be quite emotional... for parents anyway. Kindergarten is a special time and you'll begin seeing pay off on your hard work over the past 5 years. For most this will be the first full school day, the first year to ride the school bus, the first year to have homework, and the first year when peer influences begin to play a role.

Tools 4 School

Tools 4 School

ATLANTA -- Can you believe it’s just a few short weeks before the school bus will be rounding the block again?

Act Together Ministries needs your help to collect school supplies for children in need in five north metro counties: Forsyth, N Fulton, Cobb, Cherokee, and Gwinnett. With your help, we will set up our 4th annual school supply “store” that allows children the opportunity to shop for their own school supplies. The children love picking out their favorite color backpack, selecting pencils with a preferred cartoon character, and getting the exact items listed on their school supply list. Parents in our program contribute $5 toward the event so that they have the honor of taking ownership. No one wants to wait in a hand out line and be labeled “Needy.” In addition to receiving school supplies, the children get haircuts, medical/dental screening, lunch, and enjoy crafts, games and other fun activities.