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Governor's Office of Children and Families gives second grant to DeKalb

Governor's Office of Children and Families gives second grant to DeKalb

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis announced on Tuesday that DeKalb will receive a second performance-based grant from the Governor's Office of Children and Families.

According to Ellis's office, the $300,000 Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting grant will be put towards ensuring that children ages 0-5 are ready for school. The grant will also provide prenatal health support for pregnant women using the Parent as Teachers and Early Head Start/Home Based Option models for home visiting.

To provide services to families, DeKalb County will partner with Refugee Family Services, Scottdale Child Development and Family Resource Center and Partnership for Community Action - Early Head Start.

Through the previous MIECHV grant, DeKalb families received home visiting services, including all cultures, socioeconomic statuses, races and circumstantial needs.


Nature Center camp registration opens Monday

Nature Center camp registration opens Monday

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Registration for Thanksgiving and winter day camps at the Dunwoody Nature Center opens Monday, Oct. 29.

These sessions are designed to keep children active and engaged during breaks from school. During both camps, children will get the opportunity to study the winter climate and how it affects animals and plants in north Georgia.

Thanksgiving camp will be held Monday, Nov. 19 and Tuesday, Nov. 20 and is open to children in grades K-5. Winter camp has two sessions -- a half-day camp for children ages 3-4 and a full-day camp for K-5. Choose from Wednesday, Dec. 26 through Friday, Dec. 28 or Wednesday, Jan. 2 through Friday, Jan. 4.

Learn more and register at dunwoodynature.org/camps.

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

ATLANTA -- Georgia children in Pre-K through 5th grade can now color their way to a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

In honor of College Savings Month, the statewide college savings program is hosting a coloring contest with a $1,529 scholarship at stake.

To win the money, children must color a picture of Hootie the Wise Old Owl and complete a sentence: When I graduate, I'm going to be a ________.

Download the picture of Hootie here.

Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30 and must be received no later than Oct. 5. More information about the contest can be found at path2college529.com.

A winner will be randomly chosen in mid-October.

Eat out, raise money, help kids

Eat out, raise money, help kids

ATLANTA -- You can do your part this week to curb Georgia's high school dropout rate. All you need to do is eat at one of your favorite restaurants.

On Thursday, Aug. 23, proceeds from restaurants across the state will be donated to Communities in Schools of Georgia, an organization that encourages young people to complete their education and succeed in life.

The sixth annual Dine Out for Kids event hopes to exceed last year's total of $30,000 for children in the state.

Communities in Schools, which has chapters across the country, provides mentoring and after-school services, including parent education, literacy programs and youth leadership opportunities.

Participating Dine Out for Kids restaurants in Atlanta and Decatur include:

* 242 Boulevard SE

Dunwoody HS Open House to be held Wednesday

Dunwoody HS Open House to be held Wednesday

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Dunwoody High School will hold an open house for students on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

School principal Noel Maloof wrote a letter to Dunwoody High families, reminding them that all students must provide proof of residency before they can enroll in the school.

READ | Principal Maloof's letter

Open house attendees can provide the proof at the event. It will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

According to the letter, returning students only need to provide proof of residency and updated health records. Incoming freshmen and transfer students must register; registration can be performed any day this week from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Acceptable forms of proof include a current utility bill (not a phone bill), a signed lease and a signed mortgage contract.

New students must bring the following documets to registration:

Goddard Schools of Georgia to hold ‘Stuff the Bus’ drive tomorrow

Goddard Schools of Georgia to hold ‘Stuff the Bus’ drive tomorrow


Join The Goddard Schools of Georgia to ‘Stuff the Bus’ Tomorrow and Help Local Families in Need

Children Contribute Backpacks, School Supplies to Children’s Restoration Network


Get Your Kids Moving Outdoors

Get Your Kids Moving Outdoors

By Eric King, ASLA, King Landscaping, www.EricKingLandscaping.com

Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. Physical activity can help control weight; build lean muscle; reduce fat; promote strong bone, muscle and joint development; and decrease the risk of obesity. To grow up to a healthy weight, kids need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day.

It's getting more difficult to get children to want to go outdoors. Let's Move, a nationwide effort to raise a healthier generation, says eight to 18 year-old adolescents spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media during a typical day.

We are fortunate to live in a warm climate that provides ample opportunities for children to play outside. What we need to do is remove the obstacles that deter them from doing so.