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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.

Clayton State students offering free dental services

Clayton State students offering free dental services

MORROW, Ga. -- Dental hygiene students at Clayton State University are hosting a service day where they will provide free oral health screenings and X-rays for the community.

The services will be offered Tuesday, Jan. 22 beginning at 1 p.m. at the Clayton State Dental Hygiene Clinic in the university's student center.

"Unfortunately, many in our community have experienced poor oral hygiene due to a number of reasons such as lack of dental insurance and low income," dental hygiene professor Dr. Gail Barnes said in a statement. "Students and patients provide mutually beneficial services that last long after the appointment is over."

Last year's free clinic served 14 new patients.

To make an appointment for a screening or X-ray on Jan. 22, call 678-466-4920.

FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

ATLANTA -- The Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority (FACAA) recently announced Georgia Gives Day, to take place on Thursday, December 6.

According to the FACAA, Georgia Gives Day gives people across the state an opportunity to donate to their choice of a nonprofit organization, an effort in total to help change the lives of people in need.

Those participating can donate to a cause nearby by searching locations, or to a cause for a special reason, where organizations are listed by category.

For a list of the nonprofits taking part, visit www.gagivesday.org.

STAR 94, credit union donate supplies to school system

STAR 94, credit union donate supplies to school system

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Two local businesses recently made a generous donation to Henry County Schools.

STAR 94 and Georgia United Credit Union gave school supplies to the district. The donation included items that students use in the classroom every day -- things that are sometimes taken for granted, but can add extra expenses to a family's budget.

"Thanks to the kind donations of STAR 94, STAR 94 viewers and Georgia United Credit Union, Henry County Schools will be able to provide school supplies to families experiencing need within our county," April Brown, director of administrative services for the school system, said in a statement.

"Every donation helps, and the generosity displayed by this collaboration is greatly appreciated," Brown added.

STAR 94 sponsored a school supply drive at Georgia United Credit Union's 16 branches in August and September. Several other school districts and children's homeless shelters will benefit from the supply collection.

'Blue Out' spreads kindness

'Blue Out' spreads kindness

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- The employees at the central office for Henry County Schools are doing their part to promote kindness in the community.

Last week was Kindness Week, and the employees recognized it with a Blue Out, where they wore blue -- the week's color -- and struck a pose on Friday, Nov. 16.

Georgia Kindness Week is the second week in November. It was created in honor of Henry County resident Hunter Welch, who passed away in 2004. Welch was very dedicated to his community. After his death, his family decided to keep his legacy alive by forming a local kindness campaign.

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Rep. Andy Welch (R-McDonough), Hunter's brother, made Kindness Week official by introducing a resolution during the 2012 legislative session.

Belk donates $100K to Sandy relief

Belk donates $100K to Sandy relief

ATLANTA -- Belk Inc., operator of Belk department stores, has committed $100,000 to the American Red Cross to help the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

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"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who suffered and continue to struggle as a result of this devastating storm," Belk Inc. chairman and CEO Tim Belk said in a statement. "The American Red Cross is at the forefront of disaster relief efforts, providing much-needed resources and support to those who lives have been impacted by the storm."

Belk's contribution will support efforts both in New York and throughout the company's footprint.

There are several Belk locations throughout metro Atlanta. Visit belk.com to find your closest store.

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:

Galloway School
North Atlanta HS
School of Health Sciences and Research at Carver

Bibb County
Stratford Academy