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Holocaust survivor to speak at Henry County MS

Holocaust survivor to speak at Henry County MS

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Eighth grade students at Henry County Middle School have been studying various aspects of World War II this year.

First, the children learned all about the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American pilots who fought in the war.

Now, the curriculum has shifted to the Holocaust. To cap off the lesson in one of the most difficult periods in history, Henry County Middle administrators have invited an Auschwitz survivor to speak to students about her experience.

Helen Weingarten will address the school community at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25. The public is invited to attend; tickets are $10 each, but seating is limited to 250 people, so those who are interested are encouraged to sign up soon.

Attendees will also be treated to a dinner theater production of And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank, performed by Roswell's Georgia Ensemble Theatre.

Photography exhibition to highlight students' work

Photography exhibition to highlight students' work

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- A Henry County art gallery will hold a very special photography exhibition this week.

Unchartered Creativity, LLC will sponsor a display of photographs taken by students in Henry County schools.

The art gallery was created and is owned by John and Melissa Wood, who teach art in the school system. Their goal in establishing their non-profit and gallery is to give students the opportunity to share their talents and get advice on how to succeed in the art world.

The exhibition will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Unchartered Creativity, LLC is located at 1348 McDonough Place in McDonough. Learn more at uncharteredcreativity.com.

Shirley Franklin to speak at Clayton State

Shirley Franklin to speak at Clayton State

MORROW, Ga. -- Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin will speak at Clayton State University later this month.

Franklin will give her presentation, "Lessons in Leadership: The Power of One," at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, and at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15. Both talks will be held in the Harry S. Downs Center on campus.

Franklin's talks at Clayton State are free and open to the public. Visit claytonstate.com to learn more and reserve a seat.

A former Spelman College faculty member, Franklin served as Atlanta's mayor from 2002 to 2009. She recently accepted a visiting faculty position at the University of Texas.

Chick-fil-A employee honored by Work-Based Learning program

Chick-fil-A employee honored by Work-Based Learning program

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- A teen cashier at the McDonough Chick-fil-A is January's recognized student in the Henry County Schools' Work-Based Learning initiative.

Kady Spivey is a senior at Union Grove High School. In addition to her work at Chick-fil-A, her many accomplishments include participation in the Future Business Leaders of America and National Tech Honor Society, and selection for Georgia's prestigious Governor's Honors Program.

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2 Flippen ES students honored for writing

2 Flippen ES students honored for writing

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Two students at Flippen Elementary School in McDonough were recently honored for their writing during the week-long Henry County Literacy Days celebration.

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Fourth-grader Alexandra Sapp placed second in the county-wide poetry recitation contest.

Heru Kamau, a second-grader, won first prize in the essay competition. He will represent his county and school at the Griffin RESA Literacy Days Celebration in February.

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.

Fun leads to serious music under teacher's direction

Fun leads to serious music under teacher's direction

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- A middle school orchestra class is a chance to learn the beauty of string instruments, produce wonderful music and perform lovely symphonies.

It sounds serious, right? Not when Carl Reike is the teacher.

In Reike's orchestra classes at Ola Middle School, playing an instrument is fun.

For instance, during practice he make students smile or laugh by using props, or shooting puffs of air using an air cannon.

He also has a what he calls a "magic" word.

"Whenever I said any form or articulation or articulate or articulate, the kids would have to scream," Reike said.

It's all to get them to pay attention and focus.

Reike is the reason Travis Lorenz has become good enough on bass for an All-State tryout.