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CONTENTS

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Holiday Gift Guide

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Inside Gwinnett Schools

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Family Law: Family Law Attorney and Family Law

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Health: Sudden Cardiac Arrest versus Heart Attack

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Party Planning: Get Your Gifts Home for the Holidays

Food & Recipes: Handmade

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Holidays

Family Pet: Your Guide to Kitten Care

Online Bookmarks

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Local Parent Editor Terrie Carter Photography JOHN AINSWORTH Bella portraits

Circulation CURTIS THURMAN JOHN HABOWSKI

Advertising ANDREW CARTER JENNIFER MARTINEZ

Intern KAYCI ALBRITTON

Writers/Contributors Ethel Carter, Gwinnett Public Schools, THAIS CUFFY, Vivian Glyck, Bruce mills, TAMMY PETERSON, Aurelia Williams, Irene Zoppi, Carol Copeland, Debra Dawkins Contact Information Local Parent Magazine of Gwinnett County 3651 Peachtree Pkwy. #325 Suwanee, GA 30024 editor@localparentmagazine.com ____________________ All contents of this magazine are copywritten by Local Parent and it’s licensees. No part may be reprinted, copied, reproduced, or used without written permission of the publisher. Each edition independently owned and operated. For franchise information visit: www.localparentguide.com

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[ GWINNETT SCHOOLS ] Gwinnett Receives AT&T Grant to Fund High School Success Initiatives Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) students will have additional support to help them successfully complete high school and prepare for college, thanks to a generous contribution from the AT&T Foundation to the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund, Inc. This grant for $100,000 will help continue funding the school system’s high school success initiatives. The Grant will focus on early intervention for 9th and 10th grade students to improve the graduation rate in Gwinnett County Public Schools. Currently housed at Phoenix High, with plans to expand the program to all GCPS high schools, Operation Graduation Credit Recovery is a teacher-guided, self-paced computerized performance-based project to help students get back on track for graduation. The program increases the number of Carnegie unit academic credits accumulated by students as required by the state, increases the rate of on-time promotion to the next grade level, encourages regular attendance, and helps students complete high school in a timely manner. Teachers serve as mentors and counselors work to eliminate the need for the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) by ensuring students are positioned to graduate on time and with the academic basis for success. “Support of graduation success addresses a critical milestone that is imperative to the future of a young person and to the overall success of our communities.” says Delores Crowell, external affairs, AT&T Corporation.

“We are pleased to support this worthy and necessary project in Gwinnett schools.” This is not the first time AT&T has partnered with Gwinnett County Public Schools to enrich the education of Gwinnett children. Most recently, the organization donated $20,000 to fund a science lab at Freeman’s Mill Elementary. In 2008, AT&T contributed $169 million nationwide through corporate, employee and AT&T Foundation giving programs. For more information about the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund, Inc., contact Kelly Herndon, the Foundation’s executive director, at 678-301-6077 or visit www. gcps-foundation.org.

HONORS

The Siemens Foundation selected four GCPS students as semifinalists in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. Phillip Cheng, Anisha Hegde, and Arjun Meka, all from Brookwood High; and Emily Summerbell of Collins Hill High placed as semifinalists in the competition. The Siemens Competition is a signature program of the Siemens Foundation, the national leader in supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education with contributions surpassing $7 million each year. Vanessa Gallegos of Central Gwinnett High is one of only 53 students from around the state selected to serve on the state superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. These students will meet three times throughout the school year to advise Superintendent Cox on how state policies are having an impact in the classroom. The Student Advisory Council also will discuss other education-related issues and will serve as the

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Superintendent’s ambassadors for their schools.

• Interact with business volunteers and business leaders • Gain experience for college applications and internships • Develop leadership, communication, networking, and success skills • Collaborate with students in Europe and Africa on joint business ventures

Six Shiloh High Entrepreneurial Ventures students have been selected to participate in the Junior Achievement Fellows Program, a 20-week “learning-by-doing” after-school program for self-motivated teens. Julius Bryant, Ashley Hendrix, Robert Ousley, Robert Quarterman, Justin Wofford, and Jamile Yesuf will meet at Cisco/ Scientific Atlanta one evening a week for the remainder of their high school careers and benefit from participating in the following programs: • Scholarship, award, and travel opportunities • Make contacts with students from the metro-Atlanta area • Start their own business and manage a company, while earning a salary

Lawrenceville Elementary received a plaque from the Department of Defense and an American flag from the spouse of an employee at the school who was deployed to Afghanistan. The flag was flown in Afghanistan during operation “Enduring Freedom.” The school was honored with this gift for the support received by the soldier and his family during his deployment.

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[ FAMILY LAW ]

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affects the adults but also the children. Everyone’s welfare is at stake. Overview Of Family Law: Divorce There are several categories under divorce like contested divorce, uncontested divorce, fault divorce, no fault divorce, simplified divorce and limited divorce. Each one of them is treated differently and has different implications. For instance, no fault divorce is a system wherein neither

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Parents.’ In the former case, the child treats a person as a parent since he has developed a bonding and an emotional relationship with the elderly. In the latter, the parents are the biological parents of the child. Family law deals with sensitive issues and therefore it is imperative to hire a lawyer who is compassionate and understands the situation. A lawyer who offers an easy and peaceful solution should be preferred over a hotheaded one. Aggressiveness and boldness are not desirous to have in a family law attorney. Apart from that, a family law attorney should be a good listener. He or she should understand the situation and should study the case thoroughly. A good lawyer is one who makes a client feel comfortable. Specialization in the area of concern is another must.

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[ HEALTH ]

Sudden Cardiac Arrest versus Heart Attack Knowing the difference can save lives

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ccording to research from the Heart Rhythm Society, more than 70 percent of Americans believe sudden cardiac arrest, SCA, is a type of heart attack. It’s like comparing apples and oranges. The common misunderstanding between SCA and a heart attack can lead people to overlook important risk factors that contribute to SCA. So what is the difference? In basic terms, SCA is an electrical malfunction of the heart, while a heart attack is a blockage in the blood vessels interrupting the flow of blood to the heart – essentially an “electrical vs. plumbing” problem. Knowing the difference could help save thousands of lives each year. Unfortunately, not only is SCA misunderstood, it’s severely underestimated. SCA is a leading cause of death in the United States, taking more than 250,000 lives each year. Unknown by many, SCA claims more lives annually than breast cancer, lung cancer or AIDS. In an effort to raise awareness about SCA and promote better heart health, the Heart Rhythm Society, an organization representing specialized clinicians

trained to treat heart rhythm disorders, has launched a multi-year campaign aimed at helping individuals identify risk factors, understand how to properly respond and how to effectively prevent and treat SCA. Chief among its priorities, the Heart Rhythm Society hopes to help people better understand SCA, and is working to eliminate the confusion between SCA and a heart attack. “Sudden cardiac arrest is a serious health issue. Unfortunately, the public knows little about SCA, such as whom it affects and what can be done to prevent it,” says Richard L. Page, MD, FHRS, president of the Heart Rhythm Society. “The Heart Rhythm Society would like to encourage all Americans to learn more about SCA by becoming aware of preventative and responsive techniques that will ultimately save lives.” The Heart Rhythm Society offers the following tips and advice. Who is at risk of SCA? The following risk factors may indicate an increased risk of SCA: • Previous heart attack • Family history of sudden death, heart failure or heart attack

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• Abnormal heart rate or rhythm • Unusually rapid heart rate that comes and goes • Episodes of fainting • Low Ejection Fraction (less than 35 percent) – a measurement of how much blood is pumped by the ventricles with each heart beat How to respond to SCA. Time is critical. The Heart Rhythm Society advises the following swift actions in response to SCA: • Know the signs of SCA – victims will fall to the ground, become unresponsive and will not breathe normally, if at all • Call 911 • Administer CPR – handsonly CPR is proven to be just as effective • Use an automated external defibrillator (AED) if one is available How to prevent SCA. The Heart Rhythm Society offers the following advice to decrease the likelihood of SCA: • Live a healthy lifestyle • Know your family history • Know your risk of heart failure • Treat and monitor health conditions that can contribute to heart problems, including high blood pressure, cholesterol, and smoking • Seek professional guidance to control or stop an abnormal heart rhythm For more information please visit www.HRSonline.org.

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[ PARTY PLANNING ]

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an assist from helpers like Bill Yelle, a UPS driver for more than 16 years. “I might not have a long white beard and wear a bright red suit,” says Yelle, “but it’s always fun to see the smile on a customer’s face when I arrive with packages during the holidays. And I don’t want to brag, but I think the children like the big brown truck as much as Santa’s sleigh.” To help your special gifts arrive intact and on time, there are a few simple things you can do.

Use the Right Packing Materials. Use what the professionals use — sturdy, corrugated boxes, foam packaging peanuts and bubble pack — to protect your gifts. Leave enough space between items in the box, and wrap individual items with double cushioning if necessary. Allow at least two inches on all sides of the items being packed, including the bottom and the top. Place the item in the center of the box and fill the remaining space with additional packaging material.

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If you have fragile or unusually shaped items to ship, or you just don’t have the time to get your packing and shipping done, it can pay to turn to the pros. “I love this time of year,” says The UPS Store owner Mary Hart. “We put so much effort into helping our customers ship their holiday gifts that we share their sense of excitement. We firmly believe the same care should go into shipping gifts as into selecting them.” For the do-it-yourselfers, Hart offers these simple tips:

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Holiday Shipping DOs and DON’Ts

Print Up Holiday Cheer For extra help printing your holiday newsletters, visit www. theupsstore.com/print. Upload your file, proof it, select paper and/or binding options and you’re ready to print up holiday cheer for everyone on your list.

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Most ground packages require five days or less to reach their destina­tion, but if you’re shipping coast-to-coast, it may take longer. n Monday, December 21 — Ship 3 Day Select® for delivery Thursday, December 24.

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If you are shipping internationally or to military personnel overseas, contact The UPS Store location nearest you to determine the best date to ensure on-time delivery.

DO ship wrapped presents ahead to your destination, especially if traveling by air.

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paper or tie with string. DON’T use materials like newspaper or real popcorn to cushion items. DON’T use old boxes or gift boxes for shipping items. DON’T use duct tape, masking tape or cellophane tape to seal your boxes for shipping. DON’T ship perfume or cologne since they are con­sidered hazardous materials. Hart has had to perform a package intervention or two during her 25 years in the business. “People should never be embarrassed to ask for help,” she says. “We’re specially trained and certified packing professionals. We can handle any shipping job.” One other essential thing to do — be an early bird. Waiting too long to ship packages can jeopardize their timely arrival and cost you a lot more money. Having to ship items via air takes a lot more out of your wallet, so plan ahead.

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[ FOOD & RECIPES ]

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There is no better time than the holidays to give back to your community, and food plays a role there, too. n Deliver a batch of cookies or a tin of spiced popcorn and nuts to the local fire station on Christmas Eve. n Volunteer your time to help serve a holiday meal at a local shelter or food pantry. n Join with some neighbors and hold a bake sale to raise money for a local charity. 20 Local Parent Magazine of Gwinnett County

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oliday giving does not have to be elaborate or expensive. More and more, people are find­ing that not only are handmade gifts easy on the wallet, they tend to have more meaning, too. This year, take a little time to put together some hand­made gifts. Let these ideas serve as inspiration for you to get creative about gift giving this holiday season.

container and no one will know you did not make them yourself! For more delicious ideas, Diamond Foods offers a variety of free downloadable recipes to feed your fingers this holiday season at feedyourfingers.com. You will find recipes for the whole family, like Emerald Deluxe Mixed Nuts and Pop Secret Popcorn Sour Cherry Brittle, and recipes that are sure to impress a crowd, like Diamond Shelled Walnuts With Brie and Pears Crostini.

Gifts Made Simple Food can play an important role in holiday gift giving. “The warmth of sharing good food with family and friends contributes to some of the best memories around the holidays,” said chef and cookbook author Tina Salter, who develops recipes for Diamond Foods. “Favorite holiday foods help keep the festivity in holiday traditions.” Homemade cookies and snacks — packaged with the recipe in decorative tins, tucked into a coffee mug wrapped with cellophane or displayed on holiday plates — make an ideal gift for colleagues, a favorite babysitter or delivery person. Consider hosting a cookie and snack exchange with friends, where everyone brings enough of one recipe to serve several dozen, and the group exchanges so all leave with a delicious assortment of treats that can be gifted, or kept and enjoyed! As your calendar fills up with holiday get-togethers, consider thanking a hostess by offering to help with appetizers or a side dish for the meal. You will find savory recipes like Emerald Sea Salt and Pepper Cashews, White Beans, and Spinach Bruschetta or Diamond Pecans and Citrus on Sweet Potato Rounds at feedyourfingers. com. Or, if you do not have time to make anything yourself, take advantage of savory mixes such as Original Glazed Walnuts or Pecan Pie Glazed Pecans from Emerald Nuts. Put them in a fun

Mixed Nuts and Popcorn Sour Cherry Brittle Makes about 8 cups 1 10-ounce container Emerald Deluxe Mixed Nuts 4 to 5 cups Pop Secret Homestyle Popcorn, popped 8 ounces dried sour cherries 4 cups sugar 1 cup light corn syrup 1/2 cup water 3/4 cup unsalted butter 1/2 teaspoon large sea salt crystals, for sprinkling Lightly oil a large baking sheet; set aside. In a large bowl, combine nuts, popcorn and sour cherries; mix well. In a large (4-quart) saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and water; bring to a boil, stirring, over mediumhigh heat. Add butter; cook, without stirring, until caramel reaches a temperature of 300°F, about 8 minutes. Carefully remove from heat; immediately pour over popcorn mixture. Wearing an oven mitt, and using a wooden spoon, stir well to make sure that each nut and popcorn kernel is coated. Quickly pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet; press, with back of wooden spoon, to make it as even as possible; sprinkle with sea salt. Let cool slightly. Using a heavy sharp knife, score brittle into squares, or let brittle sit and use a small hammer to break into pieces.

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[ FAMILY PET ] the life you share. Web sites, like kittenchow. com, make the preparation period easier by offering an informative kitten care video series called the “The Kitten Connection™.” Hosted by Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist Dr. Karen Sueda, the 13 videos cover a wide range of topics from socializing your new kitten to understanding your kitten’s transition to adulthood. The series is full of easy steps to help you enrich your relationship with your kitten and create a foundation of

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dopting a kitten is especially exciting and can be a very enjoyable experience for the whole family. When choosing to bring a kitten into the family, explore all avenues to adoption, including humane shelters, breeders and rescue organizations. • Look for kittens that are friendly, outgoing and do not struggle when gently handled. • Be sure the coat looks shiny and the eyes are clear. • If you can gather information about the kitten’s parents, it will aid in understanding any long term health or behavioral concerns.

well-being for many years to come. Choosing to adopt a kitten is a lifelong decision, so here are some tips to get you and your kitten started down the right path:

Seek expert advice from veterinarians, animal welfare organizations, breeders and/or online kitten care resources like kittenchow.com.

A quick trip to the local pet supply store can help you find everything you need to keep your kitten happy, healthy and safe. • A pet carrier for transporting your kitten in the car. • Litter and a litter box. • Food and water bowls. • A supply of kitten food such as Purina Kitten Chow. • Grooming tools, toys and a scratching post are also important to your kitten’s socialization and routine development.

By preparing ahead of time, you can welcome your new kitten into your life with confidence and get the most out of

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