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Volunteer cleanup efforts save thousands for DeKalb County

Volunteer cleanup efforts save thousands for DeKalb County

DECATUR, Ga. -- Keep DeKalb Beautiful volunteers helped save over $4,300 in labor costs for DeKalb County by working the Great American Cleanup. 

A DeKalb official said that some 70 volunteer groups helped this spring to clean more than 400 miles of space in DeKalb's neighborhoods. Together, they worked 197 hours and gathered almost 29,000 pounds of trash. 

To get involved, or to request resources in order to help complete community projects, contact Keep DeKalb Beautiful at (404) 371-2654.

11Alive helps Smart Lunch, Smart Kid

11Alive helps Smart Lunch, Smart Kid

ATLANTA -- 11Alive News employees rolled up their sleeves Wednesday morning and assembled 400 bagged lunches for children in need.

This is the second year 11Alive has helped Action Ministries' Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program.

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Smart Lunch, Smart Kid provides nutritious meals in the summertime for children who normally rely on free or reduced-price lunches during the school year.

WellCare and Gas South employees joined the 11Alive team in making sandwiches and putting together lunch bags. Each Smart Lunch, Smart Kid meal consists of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, chips, fruit snacks and a bottle of water.

Action Ministries hopes to feed at least 200,000 children across north Georgia through the 2013 Smart Lunch, Smart Kid outreach.

Monkey Joe's to raise money for Tripp Halstead

Monkey Joe's to raise money for Tripp Halstead

ATLANTA -- Several Monkey Joe's locations in Georgia will host an event to raise money for Tripp Halstead's family.

Jump for Tripp will be held all day on Sunday, May 19. Ten percent of sales will benefit the family of the 2 year old, who was hit by a falling tree branch at his daycare center last October.


The Monkey Joe's venues in Cumming, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Marietta, Morrow, Newnan, Roswell, Tucker and Warner Robins will participate in Jump for Tripp.

Visit monkeyjoes.com to learn more.

Stan Watson hosts DeKalb Community Cabinet Breakfast

Stan Watson hosts DeKalb Community Cabinet Breakfast

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Commissioner Stan Watson's DeKalb Community Cabinet Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday at Chapel Hill Middle School.

The breakfast will run from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. For May, several guests are attending, including MARTA CEO and GM Keith Parker, Chief Cedric Alexander of the DCPD, Delores Crowell, Regional Manager of External Affairs for AT&T, and Debra Moss, Manager and Customer Relations of the Atlanta Gas Light Company. 

The Black Top Circus will also give a special performance. 

Chapel Hill Middle is located at 3535 Dogwood Farms Road in Decatur. 

Commissioner Watson holds the breakfasts to join officials and the community. The breakfast is free to attend and open to the public. 

DeKalb CEO, Board of Commissioners kick off National County Government Month

DECATUR, Ga – DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis announces DeKalb County will join the National Association of Counties (NACo), along with counties across America, in celebrating National County Government Month (NCGM) this April. The month-long celebration aims to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of county government. This year’s theme is “Smart Justice: Creating Safer Communities”.

Since 1991, NACo has encouraged counties across the country to actively promote county government programs and services. To commemorate NCGM, events geared toward citizens and employees will take place at venues around the county.

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.

'Who Cares' inspires; brings to stage troubling youth realities

'Who Cares' inspires; brings to stage troubling youth realities

"How do we evoke change if our methodology remains the same"?

That is the question that for years plagued Sherrell Anderson; a part of the driving force behind her creation of the nonprofit, Teens: What's the Rush, Inc. (TWTR).

But on Jan. 12, 2011, Anderson says that she was given the assignment from God, and from there on delved into laying the framework for TWTR. She set aside her own troubling memories of childhood sexual abuse, to begin serving hundreds of teens across the state.