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Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is making it easier for families to pay for college by holding two scholarship giveaways.

The deadline to enter both contests is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mitch Seabaugh, director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said the two sweepstakes are designed to encourage families to start saving for college while their children are still very young.

"If 10,000 more Georgia families start saving for college, that's 10,000 more children who will have a head start toward achieving their dream when they graduate from high school," he said in a statement.

Seabaugh added that the sweepstakes also benefit young students because they provide money for schools and libraries.

The first contest -- the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes -- will gives $10,529 to two lucky winners: a current Path2College account holder and a non-account holder. The two winners' schools will each receive $10,529.

Dunwoody Nature Center begins leadership program

Dunwoody Nature Center begins leadership program

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- The Dunwoody Nature Center is accepting applications from high school students who wish to join its Leadership-in-Training and Environmental Stewardship (LITES) program.

LITES will following a nationally-recognized curriculum that teaches rising 9th through 12th graders about solving environmental problems.

Campers will focus on character, teamwork and leadership as they develop a lifelong commitment to nature and the environment. By the end of the LITES program, they should be able to identify problems, pick out available resources and create strategies to solve them.

The LITES program is accepting 16 high schoolers for a session held the week of June 10. The cost is $75 per camper. Visit dunwoodynature.org for more information.

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

Gas South, community partners give gift of circus fun to 425 children

Gas South, community partners give gift of circus fun to 425 children

ATLANTA -- Gas South, along with some other community partners will take 425 kids with special needs and their families to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Circus.

As reported by a spokeswoman for Gas South, the company is teaming with the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association, the Georgia Municipal Association and Feld Entertainment to make the night of circus fun happen. The 425 children and families will get free admission to the circus, the DRAGONS and Magical Journey, as well as a private pre-show where the children can interact with the circus animals and performers on the arena floor. 

The shows are set for February 15 at Philips Arena and February 22 at the Gwinnett Center. There will be special access for wheelchairs, along with other mobility devices as needed. 

Dunwoody Nature Center goes to the birds

Dunwoody Nature Center goes to the birds

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- The Dunwoody Nature Center has planned a fun weekend to help adults and kids learn more about our feathered friends.

The fun begins Friday, Feb. 15 with Owl Always Love You, an adults-only Valentine-themed evening. Monteen McCord, founder of raptor rehabilitation center HawkTalk, will discuss birds' mating rituals, breeding habits and more.

Owl Always Love You begins at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for nature center members and $25 for non-members. Prices include drinks and light appetizers.

On Saturday, Feb. 16, the family-friendly events begin. The nature center will offer bird watching all day and will also host information sessions at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

A Birding Merit Badge workshop for Boy Scouts will be held Sunday, Feb. 17 from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration for the event is $25.

First Montessori School of Atlanta changes name to ‘Springmont’

First Montessori School of Atlanta changes name to ‘Springmont’

ATLANTA -- First Montessori School of Atlanta has announced it is changing its name in 2013, the year of the school’s 50th anniversary. The move comes as the school, which is the oldest Montessori school in the Southeast, begins a yearlong series of events to celebrate its anniversary.

“We’re looking forward to moving ahead with a name (Springmont) that captures the essence of this great school,” said Patrick Burns, chairman of the board. “As the region’s oldest Montessori school that has provided this community with 50 years of enterprising education, it is time to replace what was more of a description with a true name that provides clarity and solid branding opportunities.”

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

ATLANTA -- Chick-fil-A's wildly popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night will return in February.

More than 100 Atlanta- and Athens-area Chick-fil-A restaurants will host the event on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Every couple in attendance will receive an activity sheet with conversation topics and a booklet called "Continuing the Conversation," which gives the dads and daughters suggestions for getting to know each other better.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we serve," Chick-fil-A area marketing director Robin Lomax said in a statement. "We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage dads to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their daughters' company over a meal and have fun."