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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?

Congratulations to Greenfield Hebrew Academy!

SANDY SPRINGS, GA -- Greenfield Hebrew Academy has won the $100,000 grand prize in the Bing.com Our School Needs contest!

The school will use the money to replace its 23-year-old leaky roof.

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AIU Online Offers Scholarship for Moms

ATLANTA -- Given today's challenging economy, more moms want to contribute financially to their households. In fact, 90% of moms feel this pressure, with 65% desiring to advance their careers or considering a return to work, according to an American InterContinental University survey of working and stay-at-home moms in the United States.

The survey of 1,800 moms found that more than 70% of them are not fully satisfied with their current education or skill set. This was especially true with the Hispanic moms surveyed; 81% displayed dissatisfaction with their level of education.

Yet only 27% of these women have returned to school or plan to return in the next six months, mostly because of the time commitment and financial resources needed to obtain a degree.

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.

Raise the (New) Roof for Greenfield Hebrew Academy

UPDATE: GHA has made it to the finals in the Our School Needs Contest!  Voting for the grand prize will begin on Friday, Oct. 29. Keep up to date with the school's progress and learn how to vote in the contest at the Raising the Roof website.

SANDY SPRINGS, GA -- The problem at Greenfield Hebrew Academy is easy to see: it's directly overhead.

The Jewish day school in Sandy Springs desperately needs a new roof.

FMSA Partners With Habersham Gardens

First Montessori School of Atlanta and Habersham Gardens recently welcomed the fall planting season with a special art exhibit. Students, ages 6-14, displayed more than 100 colorful pieces of art and paper pinwheels throughout the garden center.

Students wrote their thoughts about war, peace, tolerance and living in harmony with others on one side of the pinwheels. On the other side, they drew, painted or collaged something that expressed their feelings about the subjects.

"We teach students at First Montessori School of Atlanta that they are stewards of the environment," says Head of School Jerri King. "Habersham Gardens provided a natural and beautiful backdrop for showcasing the students' work."

To learn more about the school, go to www.firstmontessori.org.

Marist Latin Students Hold Read-A-Thon

This Friday, October 15th, Marist School Latin students and their friends will read the entire epic poem, “The Aeneid” by Vergil, in its English translation, aloud at the flag circle, nonstop, rain or shine.

The students will be taking turns reading throughout the day.

Students from the Latin Honor Society will launch the fundraiser before dawn and the endeavor will last 12 hours. All proceeds from the 2010 Read-A-Thon will go to the educational needs of the Atlanta Lost Boys of Sudan, who are currently endeavoring to finish college coursework.