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Children's Miracle Network Announces 'Green' Donation Program

Children's Miracle Network Announces 'Green' Donation Program

DOUGLASVILLE, GA -- Corporations can get a tax deduction for their obsolete computer equipment and make a donation to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at the same time, thanks to a new program recently announced by the Children's Miracle Network (CMN).

Working in conjunction with Aeris Services, Inc., a local computer recycling company, children's hospitals and neighborhood clinics will receive half of the proceeds of all used computer equipment donated by companies, which will be refurbished, recycled and resold by Aeris.

"The program has two wonderful goals -- helping the children and families in our hospitals, and helping our environment as well," said Sharon Robinson, manager of CMN.

In the Atlanta area, CMN funds directly benefit Ch

Dunwoody Crushes Sandy Springs in Police Blood Drive Challenge

Dunwoody Crushes Sandy Springs in Police Blood Drive Challenge

DUNWOODY, GA -- The Dunwoody vs. Sandy Springs Police Blood Drive Challenge ended in November, and the winning team was presented with a trophy during a city council meeting on Monday, Dec. 13.

Dunwoody won by a landslide, despite having a much smaller police force than Sandy Springs.

LifeSouth gave the winners' trophy to Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan; the Dunwoody donors will also have their names placed in a hat for a chance to win a Blu-ray disc player.

Despite receiving a hefty donation from the police forces of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, LifeSouth still needs more people to give the gift of life.

Children's Author to Decorate Windows at Scottish Rite

ATLANTA -- Acclaimed children's book author and illustrator Marianne Richmond will visit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite to share her literary and artistic talent with patients and their families.

The event will be on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 2:00 p.m. Scottish Rite is located at 1001 Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta, 30342.

This opportunity brings to life Richmond's endearing artistic styles on hospital windows as original works of art. Richmond will work with patients and their families using Expo Neon dry erase markers to create winter scenes that mimick the award-winning style in some of her most popular books, including Hooray for You!

Warm Hands, Warm Hearts: HIES Coat Drive

SANDY SPRINGS, GA -- The Holy Innocents' community -- parish and school -- is collecting new or gently used coats, blankets and mittens in November and December for those in need this holiday season.

Donations will benefit the Sandy Springs-Dunwoody Community Action Center, Church of the Common Ground, Gateway Center for the Homeless, and the mittens will help the Albert T. Mills Enrichment Center.

The Lower School has completed its drive, but Middle and Upper School students, faculty and staff can bring in blanket and coat donations during the weeks after Thanksgiving -- Monday, Nov. 29 through Friday, Dec. 10.

"These coats and blankets will help the good people of Gateway and the Community Action Center keep warm through what promises to be a cold winter," said Chaplain Timothy Black.

Dream Scholarship Essay Contest Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

ATLANTA -- The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce the call for essays in its annual Dream Scholarship Essay Contest: A Call for Tomorrow's Leaders.

The writing contest focuses on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and challenges youth to reflect on his ideals.

The essay contest is open to high school juniors and seniors in public schools in Atlanta and DeKalb County. Students must be U.S. citizens to be eligible to participate.

For the 2011 contest, students who participate will be asked to write on one of the following topics:

Option A: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. worked toward nonviolent social change during his leadership of the civil rights movement. If he were alive today, what social issue would you recommend that he address, and why?

Dunwoody Honors Military in Veterans Day Ceremony

DUNWOODY, GA -- The City of Dunwoody will honor local military men and women in a Veteran's Day ceremony held at Brook Run Park (4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, 30338) on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 3:00 p.m.

The ceremony will pay homage to all those who have served or are currently serving in all branches of the United States Military.

The event will be hosted by Gen. Denis Shortal, Dunwoody Councilman and retired Marine. Several speakers have been invited to participate, including retired Army Sgt. Maj. Ray Jones and veteran Army 1st Lt. Robert Hopkins.

Special music performances will be provided by associate professor of music Greg McLean and assistant professor of music Michael McClary from Georgia Perimeter College.

The event is open to the public.

First Montessori School of Atlanta Helps Community Go Green

Forget the excuses for not working in your yard! First Montessori School of Atlanta sponsored "Green Thumb 101" recently on their Sandy Springs campus. The event featured mini-presentations and hands-on activities for all age groups. Participants learned about container gardening, beneficial bugs, orchid care and tree care. The Elementary students sold homemade goods such as caramel apples, herb butter, rosemary salts and applesauce to raise money for their classroom gardens.

"Based on the community's reaction, we hope to make this an annual event," says Head of School Jerri King. "First Montessori School of Atlanta integrates the natural world into our students' learning experiences. This was a great opportunity to pass those lessons along to parents."

For more information, go to www.firstmontessori.org. Located on Long Island Drive, FMSA is the oldest Montessori school in the Southeast.