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Lifestyle Letter

Happy August!

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hat was your summer job as a teen? I bet you remember those paydays and the purchases, big (college tuition) and small (that sweater) you paid for with your hard-earned bucks. I was a lifeguard and taught swim lessons every summer, staying at the club after closing hours for...more swimming. We salute all the hard-working teens who are back to school this month and asked a few of our advertisers and friends about their memorable summer gigs.  Have a great month and why not employ a teen the next time you have the chance?

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Jim Newman | Jnewman@LifestylePubs.com EDITOR

Sue Collins | Scollins@LifestylePubs.com SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER

Karyn Slovin | Karyn.Slovin@LifestylePubs.com ACCOUNT MANAGER

Jenny Kepano | Jenny.Kepano@LifestylePubs.com EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

Kendra Mathewson CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Jordana Klein, Valerie Shepherd,

Sue G. Collins, Editor

Maria Smith, Mary Beth Spence

SCollins@ LifestylePubs.com

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

MY MEMORABLE SUMMER JOB...

Christy Lee, Aubry Canales,

At 16, after being a waiter in a breakfast

“Beauty and the Beast” and “Guys and Dolls”

restaurant (I was pretty terrible), I realized I

as well as youth performances of “Carmen”

needed to work my own gig. I made flyers for

and “Down In The Valley.” This along with

my "pressure washing business" and did that

winning national talent competitions helped

for three summers. That gave me my entre-

me to acquire over $50,000 in scholarships!

preneurial "bug" and intro to running my own

Jenna L. Ellis

business like I do today.

Owner. The Goddard Schools

Oana Hogrefe, Nicole Stephenson

CORPORATE TEAM | Steven Schowengerdt

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

CHIEF SALES OFFICER

| Matthew Perry

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DIRECTOR OF MARKETING ART DIRECTOR

Peter D. Boulden, DMD The summer after my first year of college, I was I had a couple paper routes when I was 13-14

a dishwasher, prep and line cook, bartender,

years old. It was a great experience  teaching

and server for a restaurant in my hometown.

me about customer service. I had about 50

To earn as much money for college as possi-

very particular--and older--customers that

ble, I took whatever jobs they would give me.

each had specific requirements where they

The long hours and different roles gave me

wanted their paper. Under a basket, behind a

the opportunity to learn the value of hard work

door, in mailbox, etc. If I wanted to earn tips,

and that kindness makes all the difference in

I better be punctual and give them exactly

the world. Also, I learned enough Spanish to

what they wanted!

add a Spanish major to my degree and be-

Chris Sears, PLA LEED AP

came a pretty good cook that summer. I still

Sears Smith & Associates, Inc

use those skills nearly 20 years later!

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

| Brad Broockerd

| Sara Minor | Janeane Thompson

EDITORIAL MANAGER EDITORIAL

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| Nicolette Martin

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Nicole Fash When I was a teen I was able to perform in

Director of Marketing and Communications,

both musical theater and opera productions.

Trinity School

I was a paid performer in productions like

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tos are by some of our favorite photographers here at Lifestyle Publications. Credit goes to, left to right, top row: Jo Reeves, Christy Lee. Middle row: all by Jo Reeves. Bottom row: Oana Hogrefe, Jo Reeves, Oana Hogrefe. 4

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Around Town

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City Scene

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Giving Back

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Driver’s Notebook

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Page Turners

14 School's Out, Now What?

The MJCCA offers options for kids after school.

28 The Inspiring Sullivan Sisters

Polo in the Pines to benefit CHOA and local warriors.

34 Local Twisty Thriller

Sandy Springs novelist draws on academic life for new book.

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Around Town

AROUND TOWN

NEW FACE Creative Medspa welcomes a new esthetician, Bessy Teague. Bessy has extensive knowledge and experience in various modalities of the skincare industry including microneedling, microcurrent, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, anti-aging treatments, body treatments, lymphatic drainage, and more. Aesthetics is her passion. Because of this passion along with dedication and enthusiasm, she earned the world’s most prestigious diplomas for Aesthetics and Beauty Therapy: CIDESCO and ITEC.  CIDESCO is an international beauty therapy association based in

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Zurich, Switzerland, and is recognized worldwide. CIDESCO holds the

The year 2017 is an exciting one for Ian’s Friends Foundation. The

highest standards of excellence in aesthetic practices. ITEC is a leading

Sandy Springs-based organization will celebrate its 10th annual Evening

international specialist examination board based in the United Kingdom

of Inspiration on November 18 at the Intercontinental Buckhead. This

which ensures qualifications in beauty and spa therapy. Bessy is con-

marks 10 years of the foundation raising funds for groundbreaking

stantly seeking to learn and advance her knowledge and career with an

research towards better treatments and a cure for pediatric brain tumors.

ultimate goal of helping clients achieve and maintain healthy, beautiful

This cocktail attire gala has become on the largest fundraisers in Atlanta

skin with products and services that deliver results. Bessy’s unsurpassed

and always guarantees a great time for a great cause. Also this year,

knowledge alongside her excellent level of customer service gives clients a

Ian’s Friends Foundation is hosting the inaugural WhatIFF Symposium

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for pediatric brain tumor research. This September, researchers and clinicians from around the world will pitch their latest and greatest ideas for a chance for funding from IFF. The event is designed to foster collaboration, which is critical to advance research and find a cure.

OCTOBER 5 HOME TOUR Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC) and a committee of committed volunteers and neighbors within the Historic Brookhaven

Purchase tickets to the Evening of Inspiration, and learn

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Tour of Homes on October 5. The Committee hopes to raise more than

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Around Town

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by Beacham & Company Realtors and The Skogstad-Sodemann Team. Five of Historic Brookhaven’s most impressive and beautifully decorated homes will be featured on the Tour.  For sponsorships and tickets, please visit Armhc.org/Brookhaven-Tour-of-Homes. ARMHC is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to nurturing the health and well-being of children and families. The two Atlanta Houses have provided a “home-away-from-home" to more than 48,000 families since the first Atlanta Ronald McDonald House opened in 1979.

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BRAVES BABIES Every baby born at Northside Hospital is being welcomed with an “Atlanta Braves” beanie and Braves Country birth certificate. The Born a Brave program is part of the Atlanta Braves and Northside Hospital partnership at SunTrust Park. The Braves will supply 24,000 of the caps monogrammed with the Braves script “A.” Northside Hospital, which delivered more than 20,000 babies in 2016, will distribute the beanies at their three locations, in Sandy Springs, Cumming and Canton. “This is going to make all our newest and cutest future Atlanta Braves fans feel special, cozy and ready to do the Braves chop,” says Bessie Smith, operations manager of Family Centered Care at Northside Hospital. “A new baby is rewarding, and this will elevate that joy for families of all Northside babies.” For more information about Northside Hospital, including maternity tours, visit Northside.com/maternity.

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS AT THE CAC BOUTIQUE The Community Assistance Center (CAC) has immediate needs for volunteers at the CAC Boutique (thrift shop) to serve as sorters, pricers

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City Scene

Pony Up!

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ith a passion for polo and a desire to give back to the community, Randy and Heather Pullen hosted the first Pony Up

For A Cause fundraiser in 2016. They decided to take a leap of faith and use their love for polo in Atlanta to partner with Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities to host the inaugural event held at the Atlanta Polo Club last fall. This task seemed daunting at the time, but with a huge fleet of volunteers, Bill Kaelin Events, The Atlanta Regional Polo Center, and the staff from Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Pullen’s inaugural event raised more than $10,000 for the ARMHC mission to nurture the health and well-being of children and families. With this success, the second annual Pony Up For A Cause, presented by Northside Hospital, will be held on September 17 at the Atlanta Polo Club set in the heart of Vinings. The event will feature a sanctioned United States Polo Association  (USPA) tournament, along with cuisine provided by Fogo De Chao Atlanta and Dunwoody, drinks and specialty cocktails, family activities, entertainment and both a live and silent auction. The proceeds from Pony Up For A Cause 2017 will again benefit Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. “We are equally proud and excited to extend this invitation to the Atlanta community and host this wonderful event to benefit such a tremendous cause. We look forward to another successful event and to have fun, enjoy a great polo match and to give back,” says Randy Pullen.  For more information, please visit

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or working parents, managing their kids’ after-school activities, solving transportation needs, and ensuring a safe and fun environment is a juggling act. Monday through Friday can feel more like a three-ring circus.

What if there was a way to be at the office, knowing your child will be safely transported to a program with a campus of excit-

ing indoor/outdoor fun, provided healthy food options, and given supervised homework time? Sound like a dream? For families in North Atlanta, there’s a team who makes this dream work, providing all this and more. It’s called Club J, an afterschool program dedicated to making life more convenient for working moms and dads, and life more enriching for kids between the hours of 2:30–6 p.m.  Whether it’s getting a head start on homework in a supervised setting, or having your child served dinner one night a week, convenience for working parents is seriously considered. Club J is a one-of-a-kind, after-school experience for rising  pre-K through 5th graders, located at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s (MJCCA) Zaban Park campus in Dunwoody (5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody).  Flexible three-, four- and five-day options offer working parents in Atlanta just the right plan to meet their family’s needs. Private, supervised buses pick up students from 15 area schools and safely transport them to the MJCCA, where kids are greeted and escorted inside.  “I searched for an after-school program where I didn’t have to worry about how my kids would get there, and where there were activities other than just playing on a playground, or sitting for hours in yet another classroom,” says Megan Usow. “The options were either inconvenient, or uninspired, but Club J at Zaban Park takes the concept of after-school programming to another level.” Usow is now Club J Director, and dedicated to providing parents with a level of convenience and care-giving that is vitally important to herself, and many other employed moms and dads.    Kids are offered a wide variety of counselor-led programs, including swimming, sports, science discovery, dance, cooking, rock wall, and many other indoor and outdoor activities. Counselors accompany kids from one activity to another, ensuring a safe and fun-filled experience.  For parents with part-time or flexible-hour jobs, Transportation Only plan is also available that will enable kids to be picked up at their school, in supervised buses, and dropped off at the MJCCA.  Busy parents need to be able to focus on work, and rest assured that their kids are being well taken care of. Homework started, and dinner served before you pick your kids up? Now that’s a dream come true!  To register for the 2017-2018 school year, visit AtlantaJCC. org/afterschool. For more information, or to schedule a tour, contact Club J Director Megan Usow, at 678.812.3761 or megan.usow@atlantajcc.org.  August 2017 | PerimeterNorthLifestyle.com

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Aubry Canales

Aubry Canales

Oana Hogrefe

Oana Hogrefe

Christy Lee

Christy Lee

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SYOU'RE MAI SENIOR LE, Experts Tips for the Best Senior Photos Ever ARTICLE MARIA SMITH | PHOTOGRAPHY AUDRY CANALES, OANA HOGREFE, CHRISTY LEE, JO REEVES

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one are the days when a high school senior had to rely on a five-minute photo shoot by the photographer the school chose for high school photos. Now, seniors want unique photos. They want

to showcase their personality. They want to be different and distinctive. And they want to look GOOD. The Class of 2018 in Atlanta is in luck! There are fantastic photographers throughout the metro area. We polled some of our favorites to get their secret tips for getting the best senior portraits ever. 

JO REEVES

AU B R Y C A N A L E S

JO REEVES PHOTOGRAPHY

AUBRY CANALES PHOTOGRAPHY

JoReevesPhotography.com, Buckhead

AubryCanales.com, John’s Creek

Hire a professional photographer. This is a special time in your life. Treat yourself to professional images you will enjoy for years to come.

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Plan your outfits carefully and remember jewelry and Get plenty of sleep the night before the shoot. You don’t want

Don't stress out if you have a blemish. Most photographers can easily edit them out.

Work your personality into the photos. Talk to your photographer about your talents, likes and hobbies and include them

shoes for each. •

Think about bringing music into the shoot. It might help you relax and have more fun. 

Be vigilant about protecting your skin from the sun before your photo shoot. Sun burned and peeling skin is very hard to retouch.

shooter, it will translate into great photos.

Drink lots of water in the days before your shoot. It will keep your skin and lips moist and supple, just like you want it!

Choose a photographer you like! If you get along with your

in the shoot. •

to have to worry about dark circles or bags under your eyes!

Consider the lighting. Ask your photographer about using dramatic lighting to make the shots seem more editorial.

CHRIST Y LEE

OANA HOGREFE

CHRISTY LEE PHOTOGRAPHY

OANA HOGREFE PHOTOGRAPHY

ChristyLee-Photography.com/Seniors, Alpharetta

Shutterview.com, Atlanta

Outdoor portraits work best. Think about scheduling them 1-2 hours after sunrise or before sunset for the best, softest lighting.

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up with a place that hasn’t been used by everyone.

Relax! Go ahead and laugh. Be enthusiastic. Get as comfort-

Choose clothes and props that hold significance to you personally.

able during the shoot as you can.

Consider including special friends in your shoot. Family

You can use props. Think about including things that show-

members (especially the elderly) or even pets can make the

case your interests like books or sports equipment.

images extra significant.

Don't try to copy looks you see online. This is your shoot. The

goal is to capture your best looks and poses, not someone else's. •

Go for fresh locations. Work with your photographer to come

No waxing right before a session. Try to schedule that at least 2-3 days ahead of time. Guys should be careful when shaving

Don't copy your friends or the latest trend. Look at what makes you…you. You will treasure these images for years to come.  

Say no to a new haircut the day before the portrait session. Now is not the time for big, dramatic changes!

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eet Raneet and Amit Khurana, proud franchise owners of Primrose School of Sandy Springs South. "We first heard of

Primrose Schools in 2008, but our Primrose story got its start in 1999 when we migrated from India to the Atlanta area," says Amit.  A few years after their move, they enrolled their daughter, Aarya, in preschool, but were not completely satisfied with the quality of care she received. "We found ourselves in the same situation when our younger daughter Aanya started preschool." Moved by their struggle to find quality care for their children, Amit and Reneet began searching for a way to ensure that other families would not face the same problem. "When a friend pointed us to Primrose, we knew we had found the solution," says Amit. We asked them to tell us what is important for preschoolers and what tools parents should look for in a new school. 18

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ARTICLE SUE COLLINS | PHOTOGRAPHY NICOLE STEPHENSON

MAKING play count


1) THUMBS UP PROGRAM

Children at Primrose School engage in physical activity each day through the Thumbs Up!® program. Through Thumbs Up!, children practice proper techniques for movement, balance and motor skills through fun exercises like running, hopping, throwing, catching, bouncing and more. Thumbs Up! balances structured, teacher-guided games and

4) STEAM

skill development with free play, which helps children develop physi-

Primrose education places great importance on incorporat-

cally and psychologically. Studies show that children exert themselves

ing STEAM as part of education early on. We know the future is all

more during free play and learn essential life skills like decision-mak-

about STEAM so we expose our children to STEAM right from child-

ing, problem-solving, creativity and self-control as they exercise their

hood. There are many reasons to teach STEAM in preschool. STEAM

curiosity and explore their environment. Even infants develop physical

skills are transferable across other subjects. Process skills, which

coordination and build early motor skills through group play, games

include making observations, hypothesizing and critical thinking, are

and exercise.Thumbs Up! activities are brought to life by the Primrose

key components of STEAM. These skills help young children grasp

School teaching staff, who participate in all activities and encourage

math and science concepts early in life, but can also be applied to

children throughout the lessons. The Primrose approach to physical

other subjects and more complex concepts later on. It’s also essen-

development also follows the highest professional standards and

tial to engage children in STEAM subjects early on since they are

guidelines for developmentally appropriate practice developed by the

becoming increasingly important in today’s world. Incorporating

National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and

STEAM learning into daily classroom activities, rather than using a

the Council for Physical Education for Children (COPEC).

kit or focusing on it during certain times of day, allows children to better connect with these concepts. The Primrose Balanced Learning

2) CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

approach is integrated, meaning every skill and concept taught is

Primrose has puppets called Primrose friends. Each puppet sig-

reinforced through a variety of different activities and guidance from

nifies a character development trait. Percy the rooster is our leader.

teachers. For example, plants may be explored through free play,

Thirteen puppets define 13 different traits. We celebrate birthdays of

books, art, discussion and more, while Primrose teachers ask probing

each puppet and set curriculum around that puppet's character trait

questions and share information along the way to guide and extend

and teach that particular trait in a playful way.

children’s thinking. This ensures each child has many opportunities to connect with the subject matter regardless of how he or she learns.

3) READING

Special emphasis is placed on reading as part of our program. Children are exposed to different types of books right from infancy all the way to kindergarten for reading development.

5) ART

Art is taught as part of steam. Children are encouraged to be creative in a wide variety of arts: fine arts to develop motor skills, singing, dancing and movement are all used for exposure to art. In our weekly lessons of Primrose's proprietary art program, children study techniques of famous artists and explore various art media and processes. Children also learn to properly use and care for art materials. 6) SIGN LANGUAGE

We start this at Infant age. To encourage language development in babies of all ages, our Primrose teachers talk to them about what is happening around them and what they see and do. They also use specific signs to accompany many of the activities throughout the day (ex. diaper changing, meal times, Og’s Story Time, etc.). Research shows that babies understand words and signs well before they can produce either. Using words along with signs promotes and strengthens early language development because it gives children a tool to express themselves. As children learn to sign, they are also likely to be developing oral language—from babbling, to cooing, and on to saying words on their own. 

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AR TI CL E L VA ER IE SH EP HE RD

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s summer tapers to a close, all attention shifts to school fever. New backpacks...sup-

plies...new clothes occupy the minds of both parents and children in the weeks leading up to the monumental first day. In the spirit of the season, we asked  students, teachers, head masters, and counselors in our community for their  tips to ensure a successful school year. Their words of wisdom ring true whether your precious little one is entering their first day of kindergarten (my advice - wait to cry until you’re out  of the building!), or you’re going back to college to pursue your dream career.  Here’s to a truly incredible school year!

BEST ADVICE FROM SOME OF THE BEST IN OUR COMMUNITY

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Henry Boswell Age 7 – Rising 2nd Grader Austin Elementary “You need to be prepared with a new backpack, water bottle, lunch box, good tennis shoes, the right school uniform or clothes. You also need supplies like glue, pencils, scissors, crayons and markers.  Also, it’s a good idea to practice your reading, writing and math.”

Campbell Wiseman Age 8 – Rising 3rd Grader Cornerstone Christian Acadamy “My advice is to always work your hardest. Always pay attention to the teacher and do not bring toys into school

Henry Bosw

ell

unless you need them. Do not talk while the teacher is talking either.”

Maisie Worley Age 13 – Rising 8th Grader Peachtree Middle School Activities: Volleyball “You need to be confident, find a good group of friends, and be yourself.  You always need to study hard and work to be the best.  It’s good to join clubs and/or sports teams to be well rounded and make friends.  The most important

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Caroline Boatwright Age 15 – Rising Sophomore Dunwoody High School Activities: Volleyball Team “In the beginning of the school year, get organized and stay that way throughout the year.  Use the planner to write down each class’s assignments and homework.  Also plan your week according to your scheduled activities like sports, clubs, etc. so you can get all of your school work in as well.”

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Brian Boatwright Age 17 – Rising Senior Dunwoody High School Activities: Varsity Baseball Team “I’d give the advice to use the teacher's website to understand what will be happening in class that week.  Then use your extra time to read ahead and take notes so you’re prepared and get the most out of class.  Be sure to also take advantage of tutorial times your teacher offers.  It’s a great time to clarify any items you need help with.” CONTINUED >

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COOL CLUBS ARTICLE JORDANA KLEIN AND SUE G. COLLINS

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ake your seat...class is about to begin! English, math, science and even PE--there’s time in the week for any subject in the book. But, what about the extracurriculars--those outside-the-classroom experiences that could

set students apart from the rest and allow them to explore their passions outside of the textbook? Local schools around our communities are offering courses and clubs for students looking to involve themselves in a well-rounded experience. From crafting to traveling to entrepreneurship, these extracurriculars are so important to the overall development of your student. By creating opportunities for kids to express their interests early with the support of classmates and teachers, these clubs and teams allow the most fulfilling enrichment without grading scale and testing pressures. Whether it’s for one semester or for four years, joining clubs and activities can lead to the best possible experience and ensure that students express themselves both in school, and in life. Here are a few of our local schools and the clubs that make them special.

THE LOVETT SCHOOL 4075 Paces Ferry Road, N.W Lovett.org Amigos Para Siempre Verde was led this past school year by alumna Camryn Bragg ('17) and rising senior Avery Newton. Both girls became interested in leading the club after they participated in a study abroad trip to Siempre Verde, Lovett's 825-acre cloudforest property in Ecuador. Though the club was created to honor the study abroad program, any 9th-12th grade student was welcome to join the club, whether they had traveled to Ecuador or not. The club’s mission was to bring the experiences students had at Siempre Verde back to campus to encourage an interest in learning more about a culture different than our own. Amigos Para Siempre Verde is also responsible for many donations such as books, uniforms, and play materials for the local school children in Ecuador. Students who choose to participate in the study abroad program often work with these same school children and even have helped install new, safer playground equipment for them. Amigos Para Siempre Verde is one of many clubs to host a Parents’ Night Out fundraising event each year in which parents give money for student volunteers to plan a night of activities for their kids while they are kid-free for the night. All proceeds go to the clubs that offered volunteers for the night. Lovett's Amigos Para Siempre Verde Wesleyan School Passport Club

WESLEYAN SCHOOL 5405 Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners  WesleyanSchool.org  The Passport Club is an interactive way for 1st - 4th graders to self-study geography and cultures. Wesleyan is the only school in the state participating in the program. Students choose their own pace, studying the location of five, 10, 15 or 25 countries each month and picking one country to study in-depth.  Students are then quizzed about the countries and earn exciting rewards, including stamps for their “passport,” country flag pins for their lanyard, and special bucks for an end-of-the-year world market. “Passport Club introduces our lower school students to the vast diversity of people and cultures around the world,” says Jason Scheer, Dean of Diversity.  “This unique program is designed to spark a lifelong interest and appreciation for all of the world’s diverse cultures and prepares our students to thrive and grow in a wonderfully diverse world.” 24

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MILL SPRINGS ACADEMY 13660 New Providence Road, Alpharetta MillSprings.org "CQ. This is WA4MSA calling CQ." Since 2013, Mill Springs has had 30 7th and 8th grade students study for and pass the FCC’s Amateur Radio Operator’s license exam to become licensed operators as a part of the Mill Springs Amateur Radio Club (MSARC). “CQ” is ham radio speak meaning, "I am ‘seeking you’ to chat on the radio." The purpose of the MSARC is to foster a passion in the practical applications of science, technology, engineering, and math while having fun. This group provides opportunities to students to further their enjoyment of ham radios and any associated field. Students have presented projects, spoken about digital radio communications, and participated in many related events. Students are mentored by members of the North Fulton Amateur Radio League and have been invited to join them in community events all over metro Atlanta to demonstrate the amateur radio. Most notably, they were instrumental in helping the school contact Commander Chris Cassidy on board the International Space Station via amateur radio.

Mill Springs Amateur Radio Club

MOUNT VERNON PRESBYTERIAN SCHOOL 510 Mt. Vernon Hwy, Sandy Springs MountVernonSchool.org Mount Vernon's Upper School students say they love the Business & Entrepreneurship Club. It is the most popular club at MVPS, and of the biggest reasons has to do with STORY. Not only do students meet important men and women from the Atlanta business community, but they also get to hear their personal stories about what it takes to achieve professional and personal success. Monthly meetings include A-list speakers allowing club members to rub elbows with the city's movers and shakers including CEOs, NFL football agents, angel investors, a Zac Brown Band founder, an olympic swimmer, television sports reporters, and a chocolate company investor. In addition to hearing from many influential people in business, Mount Vernon's Upper School Business & Entrepreneurship Club takes trips to Atlanta's thriving corporations, where they learn stories of successes and challenges of starting and maintaining a business. The club was founded in 2010 by Miles Mallory (Class of 2012) and his father Tom Mallory. Mt. Vernon's Business & Entrepreneurship Club

Trinity School Every Lap Counts

TRINITY SCHOOL 4301 Northside Parkway, NW TrinityAtl.org With the addition of the Trinity Track in 2013, Every Lap Counts was initiated by P.E. teacher Justin Cahill to encourage students to gather together before school for some physical activity. Trinity School students in grades 1-6 are encouraged to run or walk as many laps as they want or can, with the ultimate goals to build confidence as their laps increase and to increase movement that positively impacts focus for learning. Parents, faculty, and staff are welcome to join students, who can track their progress over time. The club has also extended its focus to include healthy eating, goal setting, and movement challenges at home.

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COOL CLUBS (CON TI N U ED)

PINECREST ACADEMY 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming PinecrestAcademy.org Pinecrest Academy’s Crafters for a Cause Club was established as a service-oriented club, open to all high school students. The crafters have begun a tradition of creating "Senbazuru" or “1000 Paper Cranes for Peace” each school year. Each crane is made from a 3-inch square of origami paper. On the inside of each, Club members write a prayer for peace for each member nation of the United Nations, in their own languages and alphabets. These prayers are folded into cranes and strung on strings. The cranes are sent to Hiroshima, Japan, to join millions of other Senbazuru at the Children's Peace Monument at the Peace Memorial Park. In response to the tragedies that occurred in Paris and Beirut in November 2016, the Club also created another "spiritual bouquet" of 1,000 Cranes for Peace to send to Paris and Beirut.  This tradition of “1,000 Paper Cranes” evolves from a Japanese legend which states that folding 1,000 origami cranes grants a wish. These cranes have become a symbol of peace through the story of World War II survivor Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who folded a thousand paper cranes to be granted the wish to live. The Crafters for a Cause Club also participates in other service projects, including crocheting and knitting hats and scarves for the Atlanta homeless.

Pace Academy Women Mentoring Women

PACE ACADEMY 966 W. Paces Ferry Road, NW PaceAcademy.org When Pace Academy teacher Keith Newman noticed that more boys than girls enrolled in AP economics, he joined forces with the school’s Isdell Center for Global Leadership and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey to launch Women Mentoring Women. The club, open to all young women in the Upper School, connects Pace students with young professional mentors at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. Regular meetings focus on personal development, college/ interview prep, technical and analytical skills and financial responsibility. The goal is to create an environment in which women can cultivate confidence and develop talents needed to succeed in high school, college and beyond.

THE GODDARD SCHOOL (WINDWARD) 4875 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta GoddardSchool.com The Goddard School on Windward offers a chess program beginning in their preschool program. Chess enriches students through literacy-based STEAM learning to extend problem solving and critical thinking skills in a fun and interactive environment. Goddard also offers Yogaroo, a Yoga program, which encompasses all classrooms from infants through kindergartners.

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ALPHARETTA HIGH SCHOOL 3595 Webb Bridge Rd, Alpharetta School.FultonSchools.org/hs/Alpharetta Meet Unified Sports! Unified Sports will be kicking off the season with a flag football game with mixed teams of AHS football players and Special Olympic Athletes.  Unified Raiders will offer opportunities for athletes to be a part of the AHS cross country team as well as the basketball cheerleading squad.  There will also be Unified Special Olympic teams for volleyball and basketball, made up of athletes (CBI students) and Unified Partners (general education students).  The teams will be coached by Peer Coaches (gen ed students) under the supervision of Amy Landi.  Lunch events are back this year, with a pen pal activity once a month for students to write students at other schools. Additional activities include fall and spring dances, and special events for Exceptional Children’s Week.

Springmont’s Creek Kids

SPRINGMONT 5750 Long Island Dr., NW Springmont.com Springmont’s Creek Kids, offered to 1st-3rd graders, occurs during the school day. Students may elect to use their daily mid-day recess time to care for the campus and the Long Island Watershed by testing the water in the creek and cleaning the debris that filters down from the expressway adjacent to Springmont's woods.  This club is part of Springmont’s Outdoor Education program, designed to promote Stewardship of the Environment, one of the school’s Core Values.

Woodward's Robotics Club

WOODWARD ACADEMY 1662 Rugby Avenue, College Park 6565 Boles Road, Johns Creek Woodward.edu Woodward Academy offers robotics clubs at every level, from Pre-k through 12th grade, as a cocurricular activity. The robust robotics programming provides a fundamental understanding of the systems that make up robotics and the development of workplace competencies. Students learn to apply techniques, skills, and technology to solve robotic engineering programs.  This past spring, Upper School Robotics Team qualified for the fourth consecutive year to advance to the Georgia State Championship, and then on to the VEX Robotics World Championship. Woodward was the only private school to have three of its robots qualify to compete at the World Championship.

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Giving Back

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the inspiring SULLIVAN SISTERS ARTICLE MARGARET SULLIVAN

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t’s said the bond between sisters is unbreakable. That holds true for the

Sullivan sisters who are three years apart, have strikingly different yet beautiful personalities and, most importantly, share a deep love for one another. In the last several months, however, Saville,

20, and Lilia, 17, have embarked upon an unexpected and challenging journey--but they face it together. In 2016, Saville and Lilia were both diagnosed with brain cancer within three weeks of one another. As incomprehensible as it is, it also puzzles the medical community. Their tumors are different types, in different locations of their brains and appear to have no genetic link. These truly unbelievable circumstances triggered Saville and Lilia’s fighting spirits as they have faced challenges and triumphs side-by-side. Need an inspiration for courage? Look no further than Saville and Lilia Sullivan’s story of strength, hope and love. Lilia is a typical 17 year old...almost. She is driven scholastically, athletically and socially. From leading her tennis team to the state championship to serving as quarterback during a high school powder puff football game, she thrives on competition. Equally as adventurous as she is competitive, Lilia returned in August of 2016 from a community service trip to South Africa followed by weeks working at Camp High Harbour. Her parents noticed she was tired, but who wouldn’t be with such an active summer? When she awakened them one night with nausea complaints, Lilia began to suffer from a full-blown seizure. It was then that her journey began with a diagnosis of a brain tumor identified as astrocytoma. Initially deemed inoperable, the talented team at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite knew the risk was one worth taking. In the last 10 months, Lilia has undergone a successful brain surgery, radiation treatments and currently takes oral chemotherapy. Would you believe this girl was on homecoming court, captain of the tennis team and headed back to Camp High Harbour this summer? She and her family coined the term, “You’ve got this.” And that she does. As Saville was visiting her sister at Scottish Rite, she mentioned having a lingering headache. If you know Saville, you know that even if she were in pain, others would still be the focus. Her loving personality is evident at the University of Alabama where, in September of 2016, she was stepping into her sophomore year, a member of Kappa Delta sorority and leading a vibrant social and academic life. Just weeks after Lilia’s surgery, a tumor in Saville’s cerebellum was discovered to be the root of her increasingly painful headache. The level of devastation that the family and all connected to the girls felt is impossible to put into words--but prayer and support for the family spread like wildfire. Like her sister with the competitive spirit, Saville has a deeply courageous spirit. Now nine months following her diagnosis, Saville was treated by the same medical team that treated Lilia and has undergone a successful surgery, proton therapy radiation and completed six months of chemotherapy at Scottish Rite’s Aflac Cancer Center in June. This August, Saville will return to Tuscaloosa to pick up where she left off...but with a new major. She will start studying to be Child Life Specialist, inspired by the those that impacted her and Lilia during some of the hardest days of their lives. The University of Alabama’s tagline is “Where Legends are Made.” Saville, you are a legend and an inspiration to everyone you meet. As it did for the Sullivan family, life can change quickly and unexpectedly. Their courage through adversity inspired Atlanta-based nonprofit Polo in the Pines to name Saville and Lilia as its 2017 honorees. Polo in the Pines, a two-day charity event full of polo matches, food, beverages and philanthropy, will donate all proceeds to brain tumor research at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Save the date for October 7-8. Join Polo in the Pines at the Atlanta Polo Club to fight against brain cancers in honor of Saville and Lilia. Lifestyle Publications is proud to be the media sponsor for this super-charged event.  For tickets and more information, visit PoloinThePines.com.

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floor with cooler capabilities; heated seats throughout the cabin for

covers all the bases. With three different engines to choose from,

five adults; remote keyless entry; and ParkView rear backup camera

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Lifestyle Calendar

August

AUGUST 7 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL DEKALB SCHOOLS Watch for small human pedestrians, school buses and frantic parents dropping anxious kids at schools around the neighborhoods. Good luck kids!

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Sandy Springs Novelist Draws on Academic Life in Twisty Thriller Debut SHADOW OF THE LIONS BY CHRISTOPHER SWANN ARTICLE RHIANNON JOHNSON

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wo massive concrete lions have guarded the front entrance to Virginia’s Blackburne School for more than a century. Respected and revered, they symbolize the school’s fiercely-held traditions, especially

its honor code. After Matthias Glass confesses his honor code violation to his best friend, Fritz Davenport, they briefly argue before Fritz runs into the woods—and vanishes without a trace. In the decade following Matthias’ graduation from Blackburne, he attends college, grad school, and writes a successful first novel. When he finds himself abandoned by his writing inspiration (and his model girlfriend), he accepts a position at Blackburne teaching English. Upon his return to his alma mater, he becomes consumed with finding out what really happened to his friend all those years ago. While looking for answers, a student death on campus opens his eyes to the dark underbelly of the prestigious boys’ boarding school. Partnering with a local ex-cop to solve the mysteries, Matthias begins to suspect a campus figure may have connections to both the recent student death and Fritz’s disappearance. As he digs deeper, his search turns up much more than he bargained for, including links to the FBI, cyber surveillance, exorbitant bribes, and issues of national security. He also uncovers various Blackburne secrets as well as the dark realities of a powerful Washington D.C. family.  Sandy Springs author, Christopher Swann, creates a complex protagonist and conjures an alluring and ominous prep school setting from his firsthand academic experiences. As the English department chair of Atlanta’s Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, Swann’s 21 years of teaching English are evident in Matthias Glass, a novelist turned English teacher turned amateur detective. Swann also draws on his own four years of high school at Woodberry Forest School, an all male boarding school in Virginia, to transport his readers to the insular community of Blackburne. In true Southern style, Swann also weaves the underlying theme of football into his debut novel. While the unofficial religion of the South offers many metaphors on life, Swann perfectly exemplifies the painfully tenuous transition between adolescence and adulthood with his powerfully detailed descriptions of grueling practices and an intense annual football game against their rival school.  Alternating between Matthias’ student and teacher periods and filled with literary references, Swann’s Bildungsroman draws comparisons to beloved boarding school novels The Catcher in the Rye, Dead Poets

Society, and A Separate Peace. Like these classics, Shadow of the Lions explores love, loyalty, loss, duty, and betrayal. It exposes burdens of privilege, the desperation to belong, the layered creation of one’s character, and the fact that intense adolescent friendships shape all of our adult lives, for better or worse. 34

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