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Publix school supply drive to assist Cobb students

Publix school supply drive to assist Cobb students

ATLANTA -- Parents and teachers know that having the right school supplies can mean the difference between a passing or a failing grade for students.

That's why Publix has teamed up with the United Way and several local partners to host the School Tools for Cool Kids program.

Residents can stop by their neighborhood Publix grocery stores from Monday, July 18 until Sunday, Aug. 14 to purchase and/or drop off school supplies in the School Tools bins.

"We encourage customers to donate school supplies to help . . . children begin the school year on a level playing field," said Brenda Reid, media and community relations manager for Publix.

Six Flags celebrates 100,000th 'Dare Devil'

Six Flags celebrates 100,000th 'Dare Devil'

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Less than 45 days after the grand opening of Dare Devil Dive, the newest coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia thrilled its 100,000th rider on Friday.

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Chase, 11, of Lakeland, Fla. became the 100,000th person to experience the spine-tingling 95-degree drop that has already made Dare Devil Dive infamous.

To celebrate this milestone, Six Flags awarded Chase and his family with a free VIP tour for the remainder of their visit, including front-of-the-line access, a personal escort and unlimited food and drinks.

"We are extremely happy to announce this great milestone," said Melinda Ashcraft, Six Flags Over Georgia president.

Coca-Cola Issues an A.P.B. (All Play Bulletin) to Families: Go Outdoors. Play in the Park. Vote.

Coca-Cola Issues an A.P.B. (All Play Bulletin) to Families: Go Outdoors. Play in the Park. Vote.

America Is Your Park campaign urges families to get out, discover fun ways to get active in the park while helping their favorite park win big

 

ATLANTA, July 10, 2011 – If you’re reading this, you should get to your favorite park – STAT! Coca-Cola is calling all families to go out and play this summer as part of the second annual America Is Your Park campaign.

Donate Your Extra Harvest

Donate Your Extra Harvest

ACFB's Community Gardens project is asking backyard and community gardeners to participate in the national Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign by simply donating any extra harvest from your garden for families and individuals in need.  See the list of drop-off sites and find the one closest to you.

Food Shelves Bare at MUST Ministries

Food Shelves Bare at MUST Ministries

MARIETTA, Ga. -- MUST Ministries needs help filling bare food shelves at its Donation Center, where the demand is up 35 percent.

At the same time, donations are down.

"It breaks my heart to know we don't have enough to give out to the people that come to us," said Annette Lee, MUST Donation Center Director. "It's overwhelming."

The MUST Donation Center fills food pantries in Cobb and Cherokee Counties, catering to families facing financial trouble.

Goodwill receives $5.7 million grant to help those in need

Goodwill receives $5.7 million grant to help those in need

ATLANTA -- Good news is coming for many Georgians who are struggling to find jobs.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis recently announced that Goodwill of North Georgia will receive $5,724,222 to help people with barriers to employment, namely ex-offenders and low-income non-custodial parents, obtain the skills they need to find work.

The funds will go toward an Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration program, which offers temporary paid work experiences to more than 3,500 people nationwide. The program improves participants' employability, earnings and opportunities for advancement, not to mention their self-sufficiency and long-term success in the workforce.

"This grant provides needed support to individuals who face significant obstacles to employment," Solis said.