Friday, April 30, 2010

Meet Fancy Nancy

Saturday, May 1st, 3:00 pm
Page One a bookstore for young readers
Located in beautiful Olde Towne Morrow
(across from JC Penney @ Southlake)
www.page1bookstore.com
(678)422-6400
Don’t forget to look fancy!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Nearly Three in Four Americans Say Bullying Serious Problem in Their Local Schools

/PRNewswire/ -- Nearly three-quarters of Americans consider bullying and harassment a serious problem in their local public schools, though not as serious as illegal drugs and lack of respect for teachers, according to a new survey by the nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization Public Agenda.

More than one-third of Americans (35 percent), including 39 percent of parents, say they were bullied themselves when growing up. But only 8 percent of the public and 10 percent of parents say they were bullied "a lot." These findings are based on a Public Agenda survey of 1,001 people, including 262 parents of children under 18, conducted from April 8 - 11, 2010.

The recent tragedy in South Hadley, Mass., where six teenagers currently face criminal charges in connection with bullying that prosecutors say led to the suicide of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince, has reopened fresh debate over how pervasive bullying is in American schools and what can be done about it.

Public Agenda found that 74 percent of those surveyed say bullying and harassment are serious problems in their local schools, with 47 percent calling these actions "very serious" problems. Roughly three-quarters (76 percent) of the public say illegal drugs and students treating teachers with a lack of respect are serious problems, with 53 percent calling illegal drugs and 50 percent saying disrespect for teachers was "very serious."

Parents are actually slightly less concerned about these problems than the public overall. Sixty-nine percent of parents say bullying is a serious problem (40 percent say "very serious"), seventy percent say disrespect for teachers is a serious problem (45 percent say "very serious"), and 68 percent say illegal drugs are a serious problem (39 percent say "very serious").

Physical fighting and cheating in schools are lesser concerns for both the total public (59 percent and 55 percent, respectively) and parents (55 percent for fighting, 48 percent for cheating).

Adults who say they were bullied in school are more likely to say bullying is a "very serious" problem (49 percent versus 42 percent of those who said they weren't bullied). Men are more likely to say they were bullied (41 percent compared with 30 percent of women), but women are more likely to consider bullying a "very serious" problem (53 percent of women compared with 41 percent of men).

For full results of this survey, visit: www.publicagenda.org/pages/bullying-2010.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Broadway Across America – Atlanta Presents KIDS NIGHT ON BROADWAY on Sunday, May 2

...with Free Family Event and “Mary Poppins” Ticket Deals

The world’s most famous nanny is coming to Atlanta! And in honor of the occasion, Broadway Across America – Atlanta is throwing a fun-filled family event at The Fox Theatre on Sunday, May 2. Hosted by Radio Disney AM 590 Atlanta, the Kids Night on Broadway celebration will take place in the Egyptian Ballroom from 5-6 p.m. There will be cookie decorating, face painting, arts and crafts, a prize wheel and ice cream sundaes during the FREE event. Plus, the four actors who alternate the roles of Jane and Michael Banks in Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins” will stop by to sign autographs. To sweeten the deal, there will also be a special BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE ticket deal for the 6:30 p.m. performance of “Mary Poppins” that evening.

WHAT: Kids Night on Broadway

A fun-filled pre-show event in the Egyptian Ballroom at the Fox Theatre from 5-6 p.m. including cookie decorating, arts and crafts, face painting, prize wheel and more

WHEN: Sunday, May 2, 2010, 5-6 p.m.

Show begins at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Egyptian Ballroom at the Fox Theatre

660 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30308

HOW: Event entry is FREE. Buy One, Get One Free Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. performance on May 2 can be purchased using the code ATLFAM at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-982-2787 or at the Fox Theatre box office.

For more information, please visit www.broadwayacrossamerica.com.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Using Chess to Inspire America's Kids in Rome, Adairsville, Calhoun, and Cartersville, Georgia to Make the Right Moves

Saturday & Sunday, May 29 & 30, 2010
Kingdom Church International, 5415 Old Calhoun Road (Adairsville
Address), Rome, Ga.
Be Someone Day weekend
To empower students, parents and pastors to be the champions they
were born to be!


/PRNewswire/ -- The Be Someone, Inc. national tour goes to Rome, Georgia. Beginning Saturday & Sunday, May 29 & 30, 2010, students, parents and pastors in Rome will be asked to get in the game and think like a champion.

Be Someone founder Orrin Checkmate Hudson is an award-winning strategist and motivational speaker who broke racial barriers in 1999 in Birmingham by becoming the first African American to defeat the reigning Alabama State Chess Champion.

Gaining national recognition for his innovative crime prevention and educational program, Be Someone, Inc. (http://www.besomeone.org/), Hudson has become an internationally renowned speaker-motivator. In July 2009, Hudson won top honors at the World Open 10-minute blitz chess championship (Under 1700 Section) in Philadelphia.

Be Someone has demonstrated over the past several years the power of teaching positive and motivational methods to inner-city youth. Hudson's unique methods empower youth, showing them how to think it out rather than shoot it out, to push pawns not drugs and be a successful member of society.

His newest book, "One Move at a Time" (available on http://www.besomeone.org/), is a comprehensive guide on how to play chess and is packed with success strategies and how-to tips readily understood by students and adults alike. Hudson has incorporated the time-tested success strategies of chess as the fundamental tools of his highly successful youth chess clinics and classes.

Currently on a 50-state tour, Hudson has taught more than 20,000 students how to win at chess, and at the game of life. Be Someone students, comprised mostly of at-risk teens, have faced off with college students, many of whom were experienced chess players. Through Hudson's coaching, motivational style and winning strategies, his students have won statewide chess competitions and three consecutive city-wide chess championships.

As a former Alabama State Trooper, Hudson feels it is important to give back to students in Rome, Georgia by reminding them, "The only thing that can take you to your goals is your mind." Hudson continues to reach out to at-risk youth in Atlanta and across the United States.

The Be Someone National Tour is sponsored by Kingdom Church International Pastor Rondie and Jennifer Goode at KCI, 5415 Old Calhoun Rd. (Adairsville Address), Rome, Ga. 30162.

Be Someone is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that relies on support from those who share the passion of empowering our nation's youth; please view our powerful, must-see video to help spread our vision:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLFENGymr34

"These young people will one day be our country's leaders. It is up to us to teach them the secrets of success now, to enable them to live fuller and richer lives. The greatest crime in the world is the failure to develop one's potential. When you do what you do best, you are helping not only yourself, but the world," concluded Hudson.

To have Be Someone, Inc. come to your school, church or organization or to have Orrin Checkmate Hudson speak to your group, call Janice Davis at 678-526-0292, visit http://www.besomeone.org/ or e-mail info@besomeone.org

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Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Event to Promote Increased Access to Healthy Foods in Schools and Neighborhoods

/PRNewswire/ -- The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Speaker Series will host an expert panel on May 22, 2010, to promote innovative ways of providing schoolchildren and families in Georgia with greater access to healthy local foods.

Featuring Food Network Chef Alton Brown, Yael Lehmann of The Food Trust and Anthony Geraci of the Baltimore City Schools, the event is part of the Foundation's ongoing work to reduce childhood obesity.

"Combined with our efforts to move more children from sedentary to active lifestyles, connecting families to fresh local foods is critical to reversing the obesity crisis," said Penelope McPhee, president of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. "In neighborhoods where fresh food is scarce, rates of obesity, diabetes and related health problems hit children earliest and hardest."

The Speaker Series event is by invitation only, and reservations are required. The program will be available via live webcast from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET. No registration is needed to view the webcast. Click here for information on the webcast, or go to http://www.blankfoundation.org/news/SpeakerSeries.html.

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and its affiliated fund, the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, have invested more than $16 million since 2002 to improve youth fitness in Georgia. Currently, the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation focuses on five neighborhoods designated as Falcons Fitness Zones, where it is serving 10,000 kids at nearly 50 sites.

As part of this effort, concurrent with the May 22, 2010, Speaker Series event the Foundation is announcing a $34,000 grant to Georgia Organics to provide hands-on farming and gardening experiences to more than 60 teachers and 500 elementary school students, along with support to improve meals served in school cafeterias. Further, Georgia Organics will produce a local-food widget. This web-based tool will enable users to identify nearby markets and restaurants offering local fare.(Contact Michael Wall at Georgia Organics for more information about this grant).

In addition to Georgia Organics, several organizations are joining the Foundation's May 22, 2010, Speaker Series event to promote access to healthy foods. Partner organizations include Captain Planet Foundation, The Civic League for Regional Atlanta, Peachtree Road Farmers Market, Atlanta Local Food Initiative, Slow Food Atlanta, Wholesome Wave Foundation, Atlanta Development Authority, Georgia Children's Health Alliance, Multicast Media, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and the Georgia PTA.

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Great American Cookies(R) Asks 'Are you the Great American Grad?'

/PRNewswire/ -- Great American Cookies® announced today that the company has launched the 2010 Great American Grad Contest. The contest, which runs through May 2, was developed as a way to honor and reward graduates from across the country.

To enter, graduates are asked to describe, in 200 words or less, what makes them the "Great American Grad." Prizes for the contest will be awarded in June, when one lucky graduate will receive a $5,000 Grand Prize. Five Runner Ups will also be selected and will each receive a $50.00 gift certificate to Great American Cookies.

The contest will be conducted completely online, with submissions accepted only through the entry form available at www.greatamericancookies.com. Visitors to the site will also have the chance to help Great American Cookies select the winner by voting for their favorite entries online. The contest is supported by NexCen Franchise Management, Inc., a subsidiary of NexCen Brands, Inc.

"Graduation from high school or college is an incredibly proud and memorable moment for students and their families," said Jenn Johnston, senior vice president of brand marketing for NexCen Franchise Management. "We're thrilled to sponsor this contest and look forward to hearing from today's graduates as they share their stories with readers from all over the United States."

Customers can stay up to date on all of Great American Cookies' new products and promotions by becoming a fan of the brand on Facebook (www.facebook.com/greatamericancookies), following the brand on Twitter (www.twitter.com/Gr8AmCookies) or by joining Great American Cookies' e-mail fan club (CookiE-mail) at www.greatamericancookies.com.

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