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January 15 - February 15, 2013

Student Wins Water Conservation Essay Contest

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RoboTigers Win First Lego League Region Challenge

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he RoboTigers, a robotics team at North Clayton Middle, ruled the eight competition tables Saturday at Georgia’s First Lego League Senior Solutions Regional Competition held at Clayton State University. More than 40 public, private and home school teams were entered into competition. The team composed of Bailey Jordan, Dagm Behailu, Jason Purce, Ali Sesay, Terrance Dorsey, Kendall Jordan, Victoria Haggwood, and Camille Taylor finished the day-long

event with its first championship win. The team emerged earlier this competition season with a second place win at the leaguequalifying tournament that was held at Drew Charter School. This is the team’s first season competing in the Lego League events. Members began working with robotics this summer while participating in the Morehouse College Trio Program, which has continued to support the See ROBOTIGERS page 13

Excellence Awards for Gateway Center Development

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he city of College Park has received two development awards recognizing outstanding land use and construction for its Gateway Center, the public-private development surrounding the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC). The Gateway Center, College Park’s $230 million mixed-use development consists of the 403-room Marriott Headquarters Hotel, the 147-room SpringHill Suites and a class A office building. “The Gateway Center Project is, in my opinion, the cornerstone of South Fulton and North Clayton counties,” said College Park Mayor Jack Longino. College Park was presented the awards by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). The organizations recognize exceptional real estate development and land use that lead to sustainable, thriving communities. “It was a tremendous honor to be recognized by ULI for the Gateway Center project,” said College Park’s Economic

Development Director Barbra Coffee. “ULI members take very seriously their role and responsibility in awarding projects that make substantial contributions to sustainable and green building practices. Our Gateway Center office and hotel developments exemplify these standards.” The construction was part of a master plan adjacent to the 400,000 square foot GICC and the AtlSkyTrain light rail station, which opened in 2009. Located less than a mile from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the Gateway Center See GATEWAY CENTER page 13

eventh grader Brinison Perkins of Fayette Middle is the county’s winner in the 2012 Water Essay Contest sponsored by the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District. The Water District is responsible for developing comprehensive watershed, wastewater and water supply and conservation plans to be implemented by local governments in the 16-county metro Atlanta region. The “Clean Water Campaign” and “I’m In” are public education campaigns designed to educate and promote behavior changes in water conservation and water quality. Perkins received her award at Fayette Middle in December when Kostoula Vallianos, the Water District’s senior education program specialist, presented her with a certificate and a $50 cash award. Essays had to include an explanation of storm water pollution and why it is a problem, what can be done to reduce or prevent it, and the best ways to encourage people to protect rivers, lakes and streams. Entries were judged

Photo: Kostoula Vallianos of Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, Jessica Perkins (mom), Brinison Perkins (student), Lori Tallman (teacher).

on creativity, clarity and content. After Perkins read her winning essay to her classmates in Lori Tallman’s language arts class, Vallianos shared a hands-on activity to help illustrate the importance of protecting water resources.

In Henry County Tourism Isn’t Just For Tourists

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he businesses and facilities that residents consider just a part of the quality of life in Henry County actually helped save them money last year. While businesses such as restaurants, event facilities and recreational facilities add to the quality of life for residents, they also dramatically impact the economy of Henry County by attracting tourists. In 2011, travelers to Henry County spent more than $202 million resulting in almost $6 million in local taxes and almost $8 million in State taxes. 2011 Tourist expenditures increased almost $15 million from 2010. When broken down to a daily average, this amounts to more than $554,000 per day being spent by tourists. In Henry County much of the influx of these tourism dollars flows in from what for many may be an unlikely source – youth sports tournaments. While our county’s recreational facilities give local youth the opportunity to participate in a variety of athletic activities, large, out-of-town tournaments also use these same facilities and in just six months this year have had an economic impact of more than $14 million. Not only do tourists contribute to Henry County’s economy, they require little, if any, services – in essence they represent “free” money for our county. They spend money at hotels, restaurants, gas stations and retail centers, helping to support the more than 2,000 local jobs created by the tourism industry. The big question when referencing

statistics is often “So what?” “What do these numbers mean to me?” For Henry County residents, it means that without tourist spending, each household would have had to pay approximately $209 more in taxes in 2011

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any senior Americans find themselves in the awkward position of having lots of equity in their home, unable to qualify for a refinance loan, and wishing they had a way to get some cash out of their house. Several years ago, the concept of a REVERSE MORTGAGE was introduced, but they were very expensive and hard to understand. Today, FHA has created program that meets many senior needs at a reasonable price point. Here are the details: Q: John, what’s a REVERSE MORTGAGE all about? The FHA’s “reverse mortgage” program allows senior homeowners to withdraw some of the equity in home. For seniors with substantial equity, it can be a lifesaver. It has high start-up costs, but if you are in good health and can use the funds, it can be a great way of tapping into your equity and staying in your home. It’s actually called the HOME EQUITY CONVERSION PROGRAM, and it’s a safe plan that can give older Americans greater financial security. Many seniors use it to supplement Social Security, meet unexpected medical expenses, make home improvements and pay for any other expenses. I have put a free booklet, “Use Your Home to Stay at Home,” on my website at MONEY99.com. Q: So, what exactly is a reverse mortgage? A reverse mortgage is a special type of home loan that lets you convert a portion of the equity in your home into cash. The equity that you built up over years of making mortgage payments can be paid to you. HERE’s the KEY: Unlike a traditional mortgage, REVERSE MORTGAGE borrowers do not have to repay the loan until they no longer use the home as their principal residence. As long as you remain in your home, you never need to make any payments on the money you borrow. Q. Can I qualify for FHA’s HECM reverse mortgage? To be eligible, you must be a homeowner 62 years of age or older, own your home outright, or have a low

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mortgage balance that can be paid off at closing with proceeds from the reverse loan, and you must live in the home. Q: What types of homes are eligible? To be eligible for the FHA HECM, your home must be a single family home or a 2-4 unit home with one unit occupied by the borrower. HUDapproved condominiums and manufactured homes that meet FHA requirements are also eligible. Q. Why is this different from a HOME EQUITY LOAN? With a home equity line of credit, borrowers must have adequate income and credit to qualify for the loan, and they make monthly payments on the principal and interest. A reverse mortgage is different, because it pays you – there are no monthly principal and interest payments. You are still required to pay real estate taxes, utilities, and insurance premiums. Q: What happens if we move or sell the house? When the home is sold or no longer used as your residence, the cash, interest, and other finance charges must be repaid. All proceeds beyond the amount owed belong to your spouse or your estate. This means any remaining equity can be transferred to heirs. No debt is passed along to the estate or heirs. Q: How much money can I get from my home? The amount you may borrower will depend on: ● Your age ● The value of your home ● The current interest rate ● How much, if anything, you currently OWE on your house ● How you choose to take payments Q: How do I receive my payments? You can select from : ● A stream of monthly payments. ● A Line of Credit - you get a checkbook and a line of credit. ● A LUMP SUM of cash, or a combination of any of the three options. Q: If I want to know more, what can I do? Go to MONEY99.com. I have put a

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January 15 - February 15, 2013

Clayton County News

Schools receive $30,000 SADD Grant In an effort to involve Georgia students in reducing injury and death to young drivers, Clayton County Public Schools is proud to announce their receipt of a $30,000 Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). The grant will maintain Clayton County Public Schools’ existing SADD chapters which were started last school year with the idea that student input into the solution will help alleviate the problem of teen driver fatalities in Georgia. “The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is committed to changing the tragic trend of teen driver deaths in Georgia,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “We’re here to make changes and I believe the SADD students in Clayton County Public Schools can help us achieve the goal of lowering teen driver, crash, injury and fatality rates statewide. Who better to address the challenges

and dangers of teen driving than teens themselves? I’m confident these SADD students can convince their peers to be safer, more conscientious drivers.” The Clayton County Public Schools SADD chapters plan to conduct seatbelt checks twice a year at their schools and lead the SADD & the law: 21 or Bust, SADD & the law: SADD Mobilizes, and Safe Prom and Graduation Campaigns. In addition, each Clayton County Public Schools SADD chapter will send its president and advisor to a statewide leadership training program each fall along with the representative from other high schools that received similar grants. Drivers ages 15-20 have a higher rate of crashes, injuries and fatalities than adult and elderly drivers. In 2010, there were 127 roadway fatalities among persons ages 15-20 in Georgia. That represents 10 percent of all fatalities that year. Male teen drivers and passengers are also twice as likely as their female counterparts to die in a vehicle crash.

Jackson Elementary Preparing For a Visit From Crayola ACROSS 1. ‘’It ___ to Be You’’ 4. Send money 9. Gebel-Williams, for one 14. Joanne Woodward role 15. Distinctive period of history 16. Of sheep 17. Permit 18. Sun shield 19. Disposal input 20. It led to the first anti-aircraft missile system 23. Biblical topic 24. Barfly’s order 25. Some creative output by common people 27. Salon specialty 28. City maps 31. Bakery worker 32. Tiger sounds 33. It often follows yours 34. 1993 movie about a talent agent 38. Bulova competitor 39. The ‘’D’’ in LED 40. Rock boosters 41. Military vehicles 42. Sheep sounds

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46. French or Italian herb 48. Root beer brand 49. Wall St. newbie 50. 1884 John Keats work 54. At no time 56. Resigned exhalations 57. ‘’___ Haw’’ 58. Tire track 59. Stan’s partner 60. Bit of biscuit 61. Deposes 62. H-bomb trial, for one 63. Some scale notes DOWN 1. Give a boost to 2. Indisposed 3. Unexpected turn 4. Have a ball 5. ‘’Roots,’’ for one 6. More than half 7. Screen image 8. Place to find a bargain 9. Locker room handout 10. Gardner in ‘’Seven Days in May’’ 11. Forget to go on stage, e.g. 12. Altogether

The school is busy preparing for a visit from Crayola on January 24 and 25 13. Part of an Apollo mission to create a professional learning video 21. Traffic predicament that is created to inspire schools across 22. Boxing stats the nation to begin integrating arts into 26. Friend of Spock their classrooms. 28. Hanoi Hilton resident (Abbr.) This fall Crayola awarded the school with a Creativity Alive Grant, which 29. Spotted is issued to provide art supplies and 30. Bandleader Shaw money to winning schools that do an 32. ‘’Oedipus ___’’ excellent job of keeping arts alive in 33. Score before overtime school. 34. South American capital Crayola has chosen Jackson 35. Gets better Elementary as a model school for 36. ‘’Daniel Boone’’ star Parker its program because of Jackson’s 37. Physicians (Abbr.) 38. Draw upon, as a resource 41. Head of the Clampett clan North Clayton Middle School has 42. Montego or Hudson been selected as a Science Teaching 43. Last leg runner Tools Grant award recipient and will 44. Stick receive a $500 grant from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics 45. Candy 47. Christmas leapers, in song Association (AFCEA). The funds will be used to support the school’s virtual lab. 48. Portfolio listing Eleven middle and high schools in 51. Bad word for a pinball metro Atlanta were awarded AFCEA wizard grants for science teachers to purchase 52. Stare equipment or supplies that promote innovative technology in the classroom. 53. Greek letters A total of 36 middle and high schools 55. Wolf down from across Georgia applied for grants. North Clayton Middle School Gifted Education Teacher, Nezette Johnson, will spearhead the school’s virtual lab

outstanding vision for fine arts integration. ‘This is a huge honor for our school and district and we are very excited to welcome Crayola to our school,” said Drama Teacher Molly Knowles. Jackson Elementary has also received the Ecolab Foundation Visions for Learning Grant Program, and will receive $1,800 to purchase supplies for learning games and books. “We know that our students will greatly benefit from this wonderful experience,” Knowles said.

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and the usage of AFCEA grant funds, Principal Shakira Rice said. The funds will be awarded to schools at an AFCEA Atlanta Teaching Tools Luncheon that will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. January 24 2013, at Georgia Tech Research Institute, located at 250 14th Street, in Atlanta. The science tools grant program is a joint effort between individual AFCEA chapters and the AFCEA Educational Foundation to promote science teaching and to enhance the abilities of capable science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program teachers in secondary schools in the United States.

January 15 - February 15, 2013

Clayton County News

10 schools to compete in reading bowl

The school district will hold its annual system-wide Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl from 10 a.m. to noon on January 26 at Arnold Elementary School. Six elementary schools and four middle schools have entered the competition. Arnold, Swint, Haynie, River’s Edge, Jackson, and White Academy will compete in the elementary division; and Morrow, Rex Mill, Sequoyah, and Mundy’s Mill will battle on the middle school level. The schools will vie for the opportunity to represent the district at the regional competition that will be held February 2 at Clayton State University. Students will compete on factual knowledge that is gleaned from a list of books for elementary school and another for middle schools that are found on the 2012-2013 Georgia Book Award list. A team of five students from each participating school will challenge another team of five students from a different school that is on the same school level. Competitors will respond to a question by using a game show style buzzer. The first student to buzz will respond to a question and will be awarded 10 points if the answer is correct. Ten questions will be asked during

Clayton State to Hold Secondary Education Information Session on January 28

–Individuals who are interested in pursuing degrees in secondary education are invited to attend an information session at Clayton State University on Monday, Jan. 28. The Clayton State Department of Teacher Education will be holding the information session in room G127 of the Arts & Sciences Building from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 28. Representatives from the Clayton State each contest, and the team that earns the most cumulative points is the winner. Two schools from the elementary level and two schools from the middle school level will advance to the regional competition. No high schools in the district applied to enter the contest. The reading bowl competition was started by Helen Ruffin, the now retired media specialist at Skyhaven Elementary School in DeKalb County, who created the game to motivate students at her school to read more. The bowl began as a statewide competition in 2003. A divisional competition bowl is to be announced after regional competition and before the state championship is held March 9 in Athens, Ga.

New parent liaison and Resource Center at Kilpatrick Elementary Carlos Cardenas, the new parent liaison at Kilpatrick Elementary, wants parents to know that his office is available to assist them with any needs they may have regarding the education of their children. “We can also provide them with the tools and resources necessary to help them support their children in reaching academic goals,” he said. “We will be inviting them to various school wide events to encourage involvement in the academic community.” Kilpatrick Elementary also is launching a Parent Resource Center where parents can check out books and games to use at home with their children. The Center will be used for multiple purposes including meetings with teachers, parent workshops, and informational meetings. Kilpatrick Elementary will host the following classes for parents in English and Spanish by having two different sessions

Community Emergency Preparedne​ss Seminar

Please mark your calendars for the second annual Clayton County Community Emergency Preparedness Seminar, taking place on March 27, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Morrow Center (1180 Southlake Circle, Suite 100, Morrow, GA). This year’s seminar focuses on “Making Vulnerable Populations Less Vulnerable.” Businesses and individuals who care for indigent, medically fragile, elderly, disabled, or non-English-speaking persons will want to attend this FREE seminar. Vendor opportunities are available for emergency preparedness related businesses and businesses that cater to vulnerable populations. Please see our flier and registration form and contact Doug Dugger at (678) 610-7467 or duggerf@dhr.state.ga.us for more information

Upcoming Event January 26 -

59th Annual Banquet, 7:00 p.m., Sheraton Gateway Hotel Atlanta Airport (1900 Sullivan Road, College Park); Presenting Sponsor: Georgia Power Company; Induction of our 2013 Board of Directors, Presentation of the Chamber’s Annual Awards; Cost: $100 per person/$1000 table of ten; Reservations required; Various sponsorship opportunities are available

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Leadership Clayton Local Government Session, 2:00 p.m.; Open to Leadership Clayton class participants and by invitation

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during the day, once in the morning and in the afternoon. The schedule is as follows: Class 4: Success Factors: Communication & Discipline - Jan. 16 Class 5: Success Factors: Self- Esteem & Motivation - Feb. 13 Class 6: Success Factors: Reading & Responsibility - March 13 Class 7: Your Academic Success Plan - March 27

Republican Party Meets On The Last Thursday

The Clayton County Republican Party meets on the last Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at 7979 Jonesboro Rd., Jonesboro, GA. This is at the Jonesboro Rental Center across from Butch’s Restaurant. The Public is welcome to attend.

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departments of English, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Humanities and Teacher Education will share information with individuals who are interested in making dreams real and teaching grades six through 12 in the subjects of biology, English, math and history. For more information, contact Joy Bryant in the Teacher Education Department at joybryant@clayton.edu.

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A pearl is a precious gem of great value and true beauty...and so are the young ladies of Morrow Middle School. At MMS, the faculty and staff recognize the unique challenges that many of their young ladies face and understand the importance of investing in their future, said Valencia Smith, a computer science teacher and Anti-Bullying Club Sponsor. To continue their efforts to uplift, educate and empower these young ladies, MMS held its first annual Girls and Pearls Day on December 12, 2012. The event was organized by the MMS Girls Anti-Bullying Club. This day was set aside to celebrate and shine a positive light on the young ladies of Morrow Middle School, Smith said. “The girls wore dress attire on this day and, of course, their pearls.” MMS Bobcat Moms were invited to be a part of this day as it is the desire to build positive relationships between the parents and the school. The guest speaker was Lakisha Brooks, a former MTV Made Coach and the current Ms. Georgia United States 2012. She spoke to the young ladies about being bullied, having self-confidence, and selfrespect. Samantha Welton, another special guest, read the story of “Sisterella” which is an urban rendition of Cinderella. Welton told the girls not to let anyone take their glass slipper. From this story, the girls learned that no one can steal their happiness unless they allow them to. All the girls and parents attending the program received a gift, a beautiful pair of pearl earrings, compliments of Principal Rasheen Booker and Assistant Principal

Students to compete for spelling title

Fifty-three students from elementary and middle schools will test their English language skills at the Annual Clayton County Public Schools Spelling Bee Championship from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. January 24, at the Performing Arts Center. Fourth through eighth grade students will be featured in the competition. Last year’s county spelling bee winner, Brittany Chopra of Rex Mill Middle will not compete this year. After winning the district title, she placed second in the GAE 2012 District Spelling Bee contest by battling 49 rounds to advance to the state competition. This year’s District Spelling Bee contestants, all having won championships at their home schools, will vie for honors and awards that are presented by the Georgia Association of Educators, the district competition sponsor. Dr. Joel Boyce, a language arts facilitator, will pronounce the words for students and judges from a list provided by the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Students are permitted to ask for words to be repeated, utilized in

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From left are Jayla Taylor, Dr. Rasheen Booker, principal; Diamond Eason, and Jennifer Taylor, parent, at Morrow Middle School’s Girls and Pearls Day.

Derrica Boochee-Davis. “It’s was all about the girls on this day and it was our desire to make the girls feel special,” Smith continued. “From seeing the smiles on our young ladies faces...I think we achieved that.”

Abdu Mia competing for 2011 Spelling Bee honors. The 2013 spelling contest is January 24 at the PAC.

sentences, and given definitions. Ebony Thomas, K - 12 Language Arts Coordinator, is managing the event. Margaret Rezek, a retired language arts teacher; Alisha Albritten, an implementation specialists; and Joane McDonald, a language arts facilitator will serve as judges. The first, second, third, and fourth place winners are eligible to advance to the regional spell-off that will be held at Mundy’s Mill Middle in February.

January 15 - February 15, 2013

Clayton County News

Clayton State to Host USG Crisis Response Training

John Morrow Marine Commissioning a Clayton State Family Affair

John Lewis Morrow (Jonesboro), a May 2012 honors graduate of Clayton State University with a B.S. in Biology, returned to the University’s campus last month to be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United State Marine Corps. Now-U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Morrow accepted his commission during a commissioning ceremony which took place at the Lawson Amphitheater on the Clayton State campus. The commissioning ceremony is a formal ceremony where officer candidates transition from their status as a candidate to that of a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. Following the ceremony, Morrow conducted his own “pinning ceremony” by enlisting the help of his parents, Daniel and Cheryl Morrow, and his wife, Anna Morrow, to pin the gold bars, the insignia of a Second Lieutenant, on his uniform. At that time, he also received his first salute from an enlisted Marine and his orders from his commanding officer. Morrow’s choice of the Clayton State campus as the site of his commissioning was a natural. His parents met at Clayton State, and Morrow and his wife also met at Clayton State and were married by Swan Lake. The Officer Selection Officer, Captain Andrew Smith, spoke highly of Morrow when he addressed those in attendance by acknowledging the hard path Morrow chose to take in becoming an officer. Typically, candidates will take the easy road by finishing college first and then entering Officer Candidate School (OCS). Morrow chose to enter OCS while in the middle of his college

John Lewis Morrow and his wife, Anna Morrow,

career, which meant he had the added burden of excelling at OCS while keeping his GPA at the required level needed to qualify to be commissioned. Morrow achieved both. Morrow will now go on to Platoon Commanders School, TBS Quantico, and then Flight school, NAS Whiting Field Pensacola, as the next step in his military career. A tutor at the Center for Academic Success during his undergraduate years at Clayton State, Morrow previously graduated OCS in August 2011. OCS is a 10-week course designed to train, screen, and evaluate potential marine officers. “After graduation from OCS, I left Quantico and arrived in Georgia a day before I began fall classes of my senior year,” he explains.

Clayton State University will be hosting the Counseling Directors Association (CDA) of the University System of Georgia’s (USG) crisis response training, “Crisis Management for Professionals: From Planning to Responding to Recovery,” on Thursday, Feb. 21, and Friday, Feb. 22, (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days) in room 203 of the Harry S. D¬¬owns Center. The CDA-sponsored crisis response training is open only to University System counseling center personnel. According to Dr. Christine Smith, Clayton State director of Counseling and Psychological Services, the unpredictable aspect of the occurrence of crises makes it necessary that the USG be ready to respond to respond as quickly as possible to a disaster involving member schools. In a time of crisis, there must also be a standard of care provided to students. That standard of care should be consistent throughout each unit of the USG in the event of a disaster. CDA has created a system-wide crisis intervention network that would be activated to assist System schools to handle major traumatic occurrences; especially those schools without counselors or with too few counselors. The learning objectives of the training will include: • To assess individual and group needs related to campus crisis • To review existing plans and procedures

(from pre-incident through post-incident) and explore ways to improve upon these • To develop (or expand) protocols for crisis situations • To ensure up-to-date training needed to activate the USG Crisis Response Network The intended outcomes are: • This training will offer guidance for college/university counselors for the kinds of crises that can be anticipated on campus (i.e., the lone shooter, the suicidal student, tornadoes that devastate a campus, the aftermath of a bus accident that kills 10 members of team, etc.) • The training will assist participants with o Understanding the problems involved in these types of crisis situations, o Formulating a campus plan, o Understanding how to access our resources, and, o How to best utilize our own network. o The training will continue to assist with implementing the network of crisis interveners throughout the state who can be responsive to critical incidents affecting colleges/universities impacted by crisis or those with insufficient counseling staff to adequately handle major crisis or catastrophes. For more information about this program, contact: Phyllis N. Weatherly (pweather@spsu. edu or 678-915-7391), Laura Bowen (laurab@ gdn.edu or 678-359-5585) or Predita Howard (phoward@mgc.edu or 478-934-3092).

Homecoming 2013 Highlighted by Parade, Basketball Doubleheader

Clayton State University’s annual Homecoming, where both students and alumni will gather to celebrate their dreams made real, is fast approaching. This year’s event, which will run from Monday, Feb. 4 to Saturday, Feb. 9, will be highlighted by the return of the Clayton State Homecoming Parade and a basketball doubleheader against Montevallo University. Also among the “Don’t Miss” events will be a 5K race and the Annual Alumni Breakfast – all on Saturday. Various student-related activities will take place early in the week – Clayton State Idol (Feb. 4), the Annual Student Choice Awards (Feb. 5), a Hump Day Party and a faculty/ student basketball game (athletic trainer John Zubal promises to stand by for that one) on Feb. 6, a Homecoming Step Show (Feb. 7) and the Homecoming Pep Rally and Bonfire on Friday. Feb. 8. Even though the bonfire will be the day before, Homecoming will really get hot on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. with the 5K Run/ Walk, “Run Clayton State.” The race will run entirely on the University’s campus, starting

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and finishing in front of the Harry S. Downs Center. Actually, check-in for the race will begin at 7:45 a.m. in front of the Downs Center with the race beginning at 9 a.m. All runners will receive a T-shirt and age group winners will be recognized with awards. A special grand prize will be awarded to the top female and male winners. The parade will be followed by the Tailgate/Homecoming Festival, which will run from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the parking lot of the Student Activities Center. That’s a warmup for a couple of high-level basketball games, which are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. In the first game, the Clayton State women, the 2011 NCAA Division II national champions and currently ranked fourth in the nation, will take on Montevallo. In the second game, the 2012 NCAA Division II runner-up Montevallo men will take on the Lakers in a 5:30 p.m. start. The men’s game will include the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen at halftime. Also on Saturday, starting at 8 p.m., the Clayton State Alumni Association will hold an Alumni Social at PinStrikes in Stockbridge, Ga.

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Fayette County News

School Employees Donate to FACTOR Employees of the Fayette County Public School System are helping to build a stronger community by raising funds to benefit the efforts of Fayette FACTOR (Fayette Alliance Coordinating Teamwork, Outreach and Resources). Over $1,300 was collected from school staffs countywide. School Superintendent Jeff Bearden and Pupil Personnel Services Director Barbara Serapion recently presented FACTOR’s Executive Director Becky Smith

and Board of Directors Member Helen Trouth with a check from the school system. FACTOR’s mission is to bring all areas of the community together to build a safe and healthy Fayette County for all of its citizens. Among the programs sponsored by the organization include Grandparents and Kin Raising Children, Prevent Child Abuse Fayette, ENCORE (senior leadership), SAVE (alcohol prevention), and Fayette Meth Task Force.

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Peeples Elementary School students recently experienced St. Lucia Day, which is a holiday celebrated on December 13 in Scandinavian countries. It is a celebration of light and music traditionally held on the longest night of the year. The Lucia train is

a procession and is led by a girl who wears candles on her head. Other girls in the procession wear white robes with a red sash and carry a candle. The boys in the procession carry a wand with a star on the end and wear a white robe and a long, pointy white cap.

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Local H. S. Eligible for Funding of New AP Courses in STEM

Three Fayette County high schools are among the 31 public high schools in Georgia selected by the College Board to apply for funding for the new AP (Advanced Placement) STEM (Science, technology, engineering and math) Access program. The schools are McIntosh High, Starr’s Mill High and Whitewater High. A $5 million Global Impact Award given by Google to DonorsChoose.org will enable public schools across the country to start new AP STEM courses and encourage traditionally underrepresented minority and female students to take these classes. The goal is to start 500 new AP math and science courses in schools with the most unmet student potential

and need. Google and DonorsChoose.org worked with the College Board to develop data-driven criteria. The College Board used its data to determine which schools meet the criteria. Participating schools will start the new AP math and science courses in fall 2013 and will make a commitment to offer these new AP courses for a minimum of three years. The College Board’s Advanced Placement program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies, with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both, while still in high school. Students must score a 3 or high on exams to be eligible for college credit.

Celebration of National Mentoring Month Mentors come from all backgrounds, walks of life and varying ages. The one thing they all have in common is the desire to enrich the life of a child. January is National Mentoring Month, the time each year when the importance of mentors is highlighted. Mentors provide positive experiences for students by listening to their thoughts and concerns, helping with homework and study skills, or just being a loyal companion. The Fayette County Public School System’s Friends Mentoring Program recruits, trains and supports volunteers who mentor and tutor students in public schools throughout the county. Both adults and high school students participate in the program. Teen mentors, or HiTeens, volunteer most often in the After School Program (ASP). Sandy Creek High graduate Lindsey Moore is a former HiTeen participant who now is a certified teacher in Health and Physical Education for grades K-12. She mentored students in the ASP at Tyrone Elementary for three years. Moore says she knew early that she wanted to teach and that mentoring would be good preparation. As a mentor she helped with homework and sought out teachers to learn how to best help her protégés. Moore now works as an itinerate aide in the ASP at Tyrone while she looks for a teaching job. During National Mentoring Month, persons across the nation are encouraged to reach out and thank mentors such as Moore on

Moore plays a game with ASP students as second grader Jarid Dunbar looks on.

“Thank Your Mentor Day” January 17. Ways to do so include sending an email, mailing a letter or calling a mentor to express gratitude, volunteering to become a mentor, making a financial donation to a local mentoring program, or by posting a tribute on the “Who Mentored You?” website at www.hsph. harvard.edu/chc/wmy/index.html. The school system’s After School Program, along with grants and private donations, fund the Friends Mentoring Program. There are currently 200 active adult and teen mentors who give at least one hour of their time each week to work with students at all grade levels. The mentoring program is in its 20th year. More information about the Friends Mentoring Program can be found at https:// sites.google.com/a/mail.fcboe.org/friendsmentoring.

Registration Day Set for Pre-K Program Parents of students who will be eligible to attend the Fayette County School System’s state funded Pre-K program for the 20132014 school year can register their children for a lottery drawing beginning on January 22. Pre-K programs are being offered at Cleveland, Crabapple Lane, Inman, North Fayette, Oak Grove, Peachtree City, and Robert J. Burch elementary schools. The Pre-K program at Hood Avenue Primary will hold registration and the lottery drawing following the Fayette County Board of Education’s decision regarding school closings. Students must be four years old on or before September 1, 2013 to be eligible for the program. Registration for the lottery drawing will held January 22 through February 28 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the schools offering Pre-K programs. Parents must present residency information (visit www.fcboe.org for acceptable documents) and their child’s birth certificate to register for the drawing.

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Public Invited to Attend Mentoring Roundtable

To highlight January as National Mentoring Month, the Fayette County Public Schools Friends Mentoring Program will host a roundtable to discuss the use of communication technology in mentor relationships at all grade levels. The event will take place at the LaFayette Educational Center (205 LaFayette Avenue in Fayetteville) on January 24 from 4-6 p.m.

A panel of teen and adult mentors, community business and publishing leaders, and school administrators will lead the discussion about the pros and cons of digital communication. Attendees will be invited to participate in the discussion. Contact Jane Gough, manager of the Friends Mentoring Program, for additional information, 770-460-3990, ext. 255.

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The lottery drawing will be held on March 1; a total of 22 students will be selected for each class. School personnel will notify parents of those students whose names are drawn. If there are vacancies at the end of the first day of school and there are no students in the attendance area on a waiting list, students residing in any Fayette County school zone will be drawn from a second waiting list. In this case, parents are responsible for transportation to and from school. Upon notification of admission, parents will need to take the remaining documentation for registration to the Welcome Center. These documents are posted on the school system’s website, www. fcboe.org. For more information about the school system’s Pre-K program, contact Clarice Howard at 770-460-3990, ext. 121, or visit the Bright from the Start website, www.decal. ga.gov.

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Important Lessons, from a former Student

University of Kentucky football player Jordan Watson visited Mrs. Corley’s and Ms. Woodruff’s second grade students at Sara Harp Minter Elementary. He read stories and motivated them to stay in school and to do his/ her best. Jordan spoke to the students about the importance of dedication, paying attention, and listening to their teachers. He told the students that what they do today will help with his/her future. Jordan was a 2012 Whitewater Graduate who went to the University of Kentucky on a full football scholarship.

Jordan Watson (top center) took time from his schedule to share with students of Sara Harp Minter Elementary his story and what motivated him as student.

FMS Robotics Club Super-Regional Bound, BMMS Wins Best Strategy and Innovation Award

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The Robotics Club at Fayette Middle placed in the top 30 percent at the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Qualifying Tournament at Carver Middle School in Griffin and is now headed to the Super-Regional in January. Fayette Middle was among the 16 teams at the tournament that were vying for a spot in the regional competition. As the third-place finisher, the team heads to the Super-Regional at Marietta Middle School on January 12. The top 40 percent will advance to the Georgia State FLL Championship at Georgia Tech on January 28. FLL competitors are required to build LEGO-based robots to complete specific tasks. In addition, teams are also presented with a challenge that involves developing a product or service to solve a problem. The challenge is a research project that is presented by all team members at the competition. The theme for the 2012 FLL Challenge is Senior Solutions. Teams are required to find a senior partner (someone 60 years old or older), identify and learn about a problem faced by seniors, create an innovative solution to the problem, and share the problem and solution

with others. After interviewing their senior partner, the Fayette Middle FLL team found he had a problem remembering to take his medication on schedule. To aid him, they developed a Bluetooth watch that displays the name of the medication, dosage, and pill counter, along with the date and time. The patient’s pharmacist or doctor updates the watch to minimize fear and frustration some seniors have with new technology. In preparation for the upcoming SuperRegional tournament, the students are currently researching to see if such a device would be covered by insurance companies, and are creating a pricing sheet for resale. Rob Bell, technology specialist at Fayette Middle, is the team’s coach. Bennett’s Mill Middle also competed at the qualifying tournament in Griffin. The team won a trophy for “Best Strategy and Innovation,” an award that recognizes the use of solid engineering practices and a welldeveloped strategy to design and build an innovative, high performing robot. Technology Specialist Paul Handley is their coach.

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Fulton County News

Go To College EXPO

You are invited to attend the GO TO COLLEGE EXPO which is especially for helping all Adults, Veterans of the United States Military, and Juniors and Seniors in High School to earn the types of college degrees that can help them get jobs that are in high-demand now and many years to come. There will be College Recruiters in attendance from many accredited colleges and universities that provide financial aid and tuition assistance. You can attend these colleges in the Atlanta metro area, Online or

throughout the United States. The GO TO COLLEGE EXPO will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Country Inn and Suites Hotel in Fairburn, Georgia (Atlanta metro area) located at 7815 Senoia Road (Highway 74) from 9:00 am - 2:00 p.m. If you have any questions or need more information, visit website at www. gotocollegeexpo.com or please contact Kim Wilson by phone at 678-491-8583 or e-mail at kimwilson125@att.net. Registration is optional.

Child Only Policies To Be Offered In January Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has signed an order finalizing new rules that will require all insurance companies who sell individual health policies in Georgia to also offer “Child-Only” individual health coverage beginning January 1, 2013. “Georgia consumers who want to provide healthcare coverage for their children can begin the process during the open enrollment period of January 1-31,” Commissioners Hudgens said. “To guarantee that children get the quality medical care they need, I encourage parents and guardians with uninsured children to consider purchasing this coverage. “ A “Child-Only” plan is a type of policy that can be purchased by parents that are uninsured, whose employers do not offer health coverage to dependents, or who have had a qualifying event such as loss of coverage due to job change. A legal guardian can also purchase this type of policy if they are insured by Medicare. House Bill 1166, which established “Child-Only” policies, was an effort by the Georgia Legislature to assist parents with children under age 19 who are not currently covered, and who do not have access to creditable health insurance coverage. The

bill was sponsored by Representative Alex Atwood. “This was a common sense, free-market initiative that received overwhelming bipartisan support,” said Rep. Alex Atwood. “I am honored to have authored legislation that will provide hard-working Georgians with an additional insurance option for their children.” Coverage for this healthcare plan will begin on March 1, for persons applying during the January open enrollment period. Insurers are required to offer guaranteed issue during this period even if a child has a pre-existing condition. Children with loss of coverage due to qualifying events after January 2013 may also be eligible for special enrollment. Commissioner Hudgens recommends parents and guardians to contact their local health insurance agent directly to inquire about enrollment during the month of January. Anyone with questions about the open enrollment process may also contact the Department toll-free at 800-656-2298. Calls are taken Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The open enrollment period for the “Child Only” policy is January 1-31, 2013.

11th Annual South Metro Development Outlook (SMDO) Conference

The 11th annual South Metro Development Outlook Conference will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Georgia International Convention Center located at 2000 Convention Center Concourse in College Park, Georgia. This year’s theme is Collaborate to Compete. Recognized as the largest event of its kind in south metropolitan Atlanta, SMDO will focus on critical topics of interest that impact growth in South Metro including Economic Forecasting, “Aerotropolis,” Economic Development, the film Industry and more! The Conference highlights the City of Atlanta and the following counties: Clayton, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Henry, Spalding and South Fulton. Admission is $40 early registration, $50 registration and $55 on-site registration. For more information visit www.smdoconference.com or call 404-684-7031.

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Fulton County Health Services Offers Six Locations for Residents to Get Vaccinated Against the Flu Influenza activity continues to increase in the United States and most of the country is now experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness (ILI), according to CDC’s latest Flu View report. Fulton County Health Services continues to recommend influenza vaccination for people who have not yet been vaccinated this season and antiviral treatment as early as possible for people who get sick and are at high risk of flu complications. Fulton County has six locations where residents can receive the flu vaccination. Citizens can visit one of these six health centers for the flu vaccine: • Adamsville Regional Health Center - 3700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. SW, Atlanta, 404-613-4215 • College Park Regional Health Center-1920 John E. Wesley Ave., College Park, 404-765-4155 • Lakewood Health Center - 1853 Jonesboro Rd., S E, Atlanta, 404-624-0626 • Neighborhood Union Health Center 186 Sunset Ave., Atlanta, 404-612-4665 • Center for Health and Rehabilitation - 265 Boulevard, NE, Atlanta, 404-612-5835

• North Fulton Regional Health Center - 3155 Royal Drive, Alpharetta, 404-3321834 Vaccines are available from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. through the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness. Residents can get the flu shot or the nasal mist (age 2 to 49 years) for $25. Visa and MasterCard (credit and debit), Medicaid, Cigna, United Health Care and cash are accepted forms of payment. Fulton officials are warning citizens that people who do not get a flu vaccine are taking two significant risks - one, they are placing themselves at risk for influenza, including a potentially long and serious illness; and two, placing others, especially children ages 6 months and older, adults ages 50 and older and persons with chronic medical conditions at risk to develop serious complications. Fulton County Health Services encourages every healthy individual over the age of 6 months to get the flu vaccine. For additional information about the flu and prevention, please log-on to www. fultoncountygahealth.org or www.flu.gov.

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Fulton County Housing and Human Services Announces Release of Grant Applications The Fulton County Housing and Human Services Department, Office of Grants and Community Partnerships announces the release of the 2013 – 2014 Human Services Grant and F.R.E.S.H. Grant applications. Non-profit organizations that provide services in Fulton County are eligible to apply. The application deadline is February 22, 2013, by 3:00pm. Applications will not be accepted after 3 p.m.. Each year, non-profit service providers from across Fulton County are selected

for funding in six key areas: Aging Services, Disability Services, Employment, Homelessness and Housing Services, HIV/ AIDS Services and Youth and Family Services. More than 100 non-profit organizations are selected for grant funding each year. Last year, 117 programs were granted a total of $4 million dollars. The official process for completing a Housing and Human Services Department Grant Application is through the use of an online application. An application instruction

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manual is also available and is to be used only as a reference guide when completing the online application. To access the 2013 – 2014 HSG and F.R.E.S.H. Grant Application Instruction Manual and other pertinent grant application information, please visit http:// www.fultoncountyga.gov/fchhs-divisionsand-programs/grants-and-communitypartnerships/5650-2013-2014-fresh-andhuman-services-grant-information Citizens can access the 2013 – 2014 HSG and F.R.E.S.H. Grant online application,

by visiting http://fultoncountyga.gov/ WebGrants, “Log In” and select “Funding Opportunities” and for information regarding the Technical Assistance Workshops, please e-mail hsd.applications@fultoncountyga. gov or call the Fulton County Housing & Human Services Department, Office of Grants & Community Partnerships at 404613-7944. The Fulton County Housing and Human Services Department is located at 137 Peachtree Street, SW, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30303.

East Point NORC Presents “Let’s Move!” Line Dancing Class Fulton County seniors can participate in a fun and healthy form of exercise to start the New Year off right. Fulton County’s East Point NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) will sponsor a “Let’s Move!” Line Dancing Class beginning Thursday January 10, 2013, in collaboration with East Point First Mallalieu United Methodist Church. The class is scheduled from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at East Point First Mallalieu each Thursday through June 27, 2013. Seniors

55 years old and older can learn all of the latest line dances while following a healthier lifestyle. East Point First Mallalieu United Methodist Church is located at 2651 Church Street in East Point and is located on the MARTA bus/rail line. The class is free and open to older adults 55 years of age and older. Persons interested in attending can register on site or by calling 404-762-2094. Please check with your physician before starting any exercise classes.

American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study The American Cancer Society wants you to help change the world by becoming part of its Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). By volunteering in the study you can help the American Cancer Society better understand how to prevent cancer. The Cancer Prevention Study-3 is open to men and women who are between 30 and 65 years old, have never been diagnosed with cancer (not including basal or squamous cell skin cancer) and are willing to make a longterm commitment to the CPS-3 study, which involves completing periodic follow-up surveys at home. Enrollment in CPS-3 will be held at Piedmont Henry Hospital on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hospital’s Foundation Education Center.

Anyone interested in learning more about the study and/or wants to help the American Cancer Society recruit individuals to become a part of the Cancer Prevention Study is encouraged to attend a Champion Class at Piedmont Henry Hospital. Two 30-minute classes will be held on January 23, 2013 in the hospital’s Foundation Board Room located in the Foundation Education Center. The classes are at 8:30 a.m. and Noon. You may visit cancer.org/cps3 for more information on the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study prior to the January 23 Champion Classes. For more information on Piedmont Henry Hospital, visit piedmonthenry.org.

Private Social Network Enables Residents The City of Stockbridge has teamed up with Nextdoor.com to foster neighbor-to-neighbor and citywide communication. Nextdoor.com is the first private social network for neighborhoods and is free exclusively to Stockbridge residents with internet access. Starting today, residents can create private websites for their neighborhoods on the site. “Getting to know your neighbor can be as easy as logging onto a computer,” said Stockbridge Mayor Mark Alarcon. “The free Nextdoor.com service provides a forum for neighbors to organize events, exchange advice, talk about safety concerns, or even sell stuff they may no longer need.” The city plans to keep residents informed

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about Stockbridge using the site. Members of Nextdoor.com will also be able to better communicate with city officials through the locally-moderated site. Nextdoor.com was created specifically to make neighbors feel comfortable sharing information with one another. Go to Nextdoor. com today to register for access to the site. All residents must first verify their address within a given neighborhood before they will be granted access to the site. Information shared on Nextdoor.com is password-protected and cannot be accessed by those outside of the neighborhood site. In addition, Nextdoor.com never shares personal information with any third parties.

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RoboTigers Win continued from Front page robotics team. Team coaches secured a $500 grant to purchase specialized Legos - not those sold as small toy pieces - to create robots that are programmed through laptop instructions to perform specific tasks. Their robot was built to accomplish a solution for assisting the elderly with preventing dehydration. After each competition, the team had had to make adjustments on the prototype to accomplish

another set of competition skills. The RoboTigers will advance to the next round of competition that will be held at Georgia Tech on January 26. Coaching the team were Nezetta Johnson, Mark Smith, and Stacy Nelson. Principal Shakira Brown, Zenobia Johnson, Sandra Caughman, and Marshall Troup of Morehouse College, served as student mentors and supporters.

Gateway Center continued from Front page rail stop connects the airport with the consolidated car rental facility. “The GICC is the only convention center in the US connected to a major airport by light rail,” Longino added. “It is a fantastic project and development model. It demonstrates how entities working together create sustainability through responsible land use which strengthens our communities.” The Atlanta Regional Commission

recognized College Park’s Gateway Center as one of the recipients of the 2012 Developments of Excellence awards. The Gateway Center was selected for the Exceptional Merit for Public-Private Partnership award. “This confirms our city’s mission of working together to achieve a collective goal that benefits the larger portion of our population,” said Longino.

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