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Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

More than 2,000 JROTC cadets from 30 metro Atlanta high schools
to participate in historic fundraising effort

On Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th, visitors to metro Atlanta Kroger stores are likely to be met by a smiling, uniformed JROTC cadet with an Empty Stocking Fund logo, as more than 2,000 cadets representing 30 metro Atlanta high schools’ JROTC programs will be working outside metro Kroger stores to raise awareness of and contributions for The Empty Stocking Fund, an Atlanta-based, Atlanta-serving non-profit organization that has been providing holiday gifts to Atlanta’s neediest children since 1926. 

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

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."

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

ATLANTA -- Enjoy a cool treat and help kids in need at the same time on Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat Day.

On Thursday, June 26, the fast food chain will donate one dollar from every Blizzard Treat sold to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which provides funding for 170 children's hospitals in North America.

Learn more at miracletreatday.com.

Smoothie King raising money for Bert's Big Adventure

Smoothie King raising money for Bert's Big Adventure

ATLANTA -- Smoothie King locations across metro Atlanta are spending the entire month of June raising money for Bert's Big Adventure.

PHOTOS | Bert's Big Adventure 2012

Customers who give $1 to the non-profit will receive a $2 "bounce back" coupon from Smoothie King.

The goal is to raise at least $5,000 by the end of the month.

Bert's Big Adventure, which was founded by Bert Weiss of Q100's "The Bert Show," sends children with chronic and terminal illnesses on an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World.

Metro Atlanta has a number of Smoothie King shops:

Alpharetta
* 12280 Houze Road
* 5530 Windward Parkway, Suite 320

Athens
* 1591 South Lumpkin Street
* 2361 West Broad Street

Teen wins Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Teen wins Prudential Spirit of Community Award

CONYERS, Ga. -- A 13-year-old Rockdale County boy is one of two Georgia students to win the 2012 Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

Rashad Holmes was honored for his big heart and his community service. He made and sold cookies, then used the proceeds to pay for disadvantaged students to go on field trips and participate in local 4H and Boys and Girls Club activities.

Georgia's other winner, 18-year-old Kenneth Smalls-Muldrow of Pooler, was recognized for his work in educating young people about diabetes and raising money for a cure. Smalls-Muldrow was diagnosed with diabetes when he was only seven years old.

The two Georgia boys recently attended an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., where they received $1,000 prizes and engraved silver medallions. They also got the opportunity to meet New York Giants quarterback and 2012 Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, who personally congratulated them on their achievement.

Conyers celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week

Conyers celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week

CONYERS, Ga. -- The Conyers Convention and Visitors Bureau is gearing up for the 29th annual National Travel and Tourism Week, which will be held May 5-13.

City officials will use the week to honor local attractions, including the Monastery of the Holy Spirit and the Georgia International Horse Park, that bring revenue to Rockdale County.

The Conyers Welcome Center will also take the opportunity to thank visitors with free refreshments and postcards from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8.

"In 2011, the Conyers Welcome Center welcomed just shy of 8,900 visitors to Conyers," tourism manager Harriet Gattis said in a statement. "We are still waiting for the final tally of 2011 numbers from the state, but 2010 figures tell us that Rockdale County realized $106 million in direct tourism spending, created and sustained over 1,200 jobs and generated $3.1 million in local tax revenue."

Randy Mills, the mayor of Conyers, agrees.