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Leadership Sandy Springs chosen for $12,000 grant

Leadership Sandy Springs chosen for $12,000 grant

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga -- Leadership Sandy Springs (LSS) was recently awarded a $12,000 grant by the Couchman Noble Foundation, a Sandy Springs private foundation headed by David and Melanie Couchman, to enable the organization to expand its leadership development curriculum and inclusivity initiative for both its adult and youth programs.

Since 2003, the Couchman Noble Foundation (CNF) has focused on strengthening nonprofit organizations that serve Sandy Springs’ diverse community. Passionate about reaching all demographic sectors of Sandy Springs, David and Melanie provide opportunities for under resourced groups that might not otherwise be available to them.

“It’s for everybody’s benefit to welcome diversity; our strength in community is because of our diversity,” comments David Couchman.  

Fulton County 4-H teaches students through hands-on activities

Fulton County 4-H teaches students through hands-on activities

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- As students head back to school, Fulton County Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Program will begin the fall session with a list of fun, challenging activities to enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society.

“4-H has been a staple in many communities providing guidance and structure for students,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Our program focus is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge and developing life skills through hands-on experiences.”

The Fulton County 4-H Program has offered students fun activities such as going to Cloverleaf Summer Camp (Rock Eagle 4-H Center), taking the Animal Safari Tour and the Cochran Mill Nature Center Tour. Students also receive leadership and communication skills training as well as learn about foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation, and citizenship.

Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The owners of 60 metro Atlanta Chick-fil-A restaurants provided 5,900 lunches Wednesday to children in seven counties who typically receive free and reduced lunches at school, reports Marietta Daily Journal.

The food made its way to children through MUST Ministries, whose summer lunch program has been around for 19 years. Program volunteers meet at churches in Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Forsyth, Gwinnett, north Fulton, Paulding and Pickens counties five days a week to make, pack and deliver lunches to nearly 6,000 children across eight counties for 10 weeks during the summer.

Stars and Stripes to be held July 5

Stars and Stripes to be held July 5

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The city of Sandy Springs will hold its second annual Stars and Stripes Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 5.

Last year's event was "akin to baptism by torrential rain," according to Mayor Rusty Paul, so officials hope for clear skies this July.

The fun will officially begin at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Concourse Corporate Center. Attendees are welcome to bring snacks and crowd-friendly toys, such as balls (softball-size) and Frisbees.

Live music will start at 7:30 p.m., and the fireworks are scheduled to go off at 9:45 p.m.

Stars and Stripes is free to attend. Parking will be available in Concourse Parking Deck Two and a marked lot at the corporate center's Peachtree Dunwoody Road entrance.

Visit sandyspringsga.org for more information.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

Local restaurants make 5 Make-a-Wish dreams come true

Local restaurants make 5 Make-a-Wish dreams come true

(WXIA) -- Diners at two metro Atlanta-based restaurant chains had a hand in making wishes come true for five very special children.

Throughout March and April, J. Christopher's and Reveille Café customers donated more than $47,000 to the Make-a-Wish organizations in Georgia and Middle Tennessee. Make-a-Wish grants surprises to children living with life-threatening medical conditions.

Thanks to the diners' generosity, Make-a-Wish was able to send five kids on trips of a lifetime:

Andrea, age 3
Hematologic (blood) disorder
Andrea got to go to Disney World and meet her idols -- Mickey and Minnie; Peter Pan and Tinkerbell; Pluto and Goofy.

Bryce, age 4
Wilms' tumor (kidney cancer)
Bryce got to fly on a plane to Disney World, ride the rides and meet Mickey Mouse.

Elijah, age 8
Respiratory condition
Elijah took an "absolutely awesome" trip to Disney World.

All About Developmental Disabilities Boosts Board wIth Four New Members

All About Developmental Disabilities Boosts Board wIth Four New Members

All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD), Georgia’s preeminent provider of support services for families living with developmental disabilities, has added four new members to its Board of Directors.