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Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

By Megan Nellen, Lower School Principal at The Walker School

1. Community Service: Use the break to plan community service ideas for the coming year. Kids can write flyers and notes asking neighbors to save and donate any holiday décor they plan on tossing out to be used next year for a family without a tree or decorations. Children of all ages can help make and deliver sandwiches for a homeless mission or shelter or make cards and pictures for a local nursing home.

2. Reuse, Recycle, Entertain: Collect leftover boxes, ribbons and paper and have your kids use them to build a robot or make a game. Each year at The Walker School second graders use cardboard to make arcade games.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

PROBE College Fair coming to Carrollton

PROBE College Fair coming to Carrollton

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The popular PROBE College Fair will stop in Carrollton next week, giving high school students an opportunity to speak directly to representatives from their favorite colleges and universities.

The fair will be Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the University of West Georgia's Coliseum.

A number of schools in several states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and the Carolinas, will be represented. See a complete list of participating colleges.

Learn more and register to attend the fair at gaprobe.org.

The Coliseum is located at 1601 Maple Street.

VeggieTales Live! ‘Silly Song Sing-Along' Tour coming to Mill Town

VeggieTales Live! ‘Silly Song Sing-Along' Tour coming to Mill Town

BREMEN, Ga. -- Back by popular demand, the children’s live musical extravaganza VeggieTales Live! returns for two shows on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. The ‘Silly Song Sing-Along’ tour stars everyone’s favorite veggies and appeals to the whole family. Parents and kids will be dancing and singing along with the larger-than life VeggieTales’ characters.

This year’s show is full of silly songs as the Veggies gather to decide their favorite silly song. Things get crazy when no one can choose the silliest song. A new machine is introduced that can disclose the silliest of all the silly songs. Suddenly, the machine breakdowns and Jimmy goes missing.

Nizzear's grandmother can forgive, but can never forget

Nizzear's grandmother can forgive, but can never forget

CARROLLTON, Ga. (WXIA) – Thirteen-year-old Nizzear Rodriguez picked out the color of his room -- and then he painted it himself.

The mattress on the bed where he was killed is now gone, but his things remain -- like the agonizing memories.

His mother is inconsolable with grief, his grandmother is distraught, that a killer could climb the 16 stairs, right past her bedroom and shoot the boy she raised without hearing a shot.

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Laughter is God’s best medicine for Ultimate Date Night with Kenn Kington

BREMEN, Ga. -- Motivational speaker and professional comedian Kenn Kington will host “The Ultimate Date Night” at Mill Town Music Hall on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 7:30 p,m. The evening will include Kington’s clean, family-friendly comedy.

Kington has appeared on Comedy Central and is one of the most played comedians on satellite radio channels Laugh USA and Blue Collar. Once a top salesman for a Fortune 500 company, he jokes about a variety of topics. As an author, Kington has written several best-selling relationship books. During the past two decades, his comedy projects have been featured on multiple cable networks. His latest award-winning DVD is a compilation of comedy and content that is inspiring, entertaining and unforgettable.

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

(WXIA) -- More than 80,000 Georgia children are enrolled in the state's Pre-K Program for the 2014-15 school year.

Pre-K is open to all 4 year olds, regardless of household income. Assistant commissioner Susan Adams said that it is the first school experience for many children.

"For this reason, we take our roles very seriously, and we work really hard to provide Georgia's children with positive and meaningful experiences," Adams said in a release.

In Pre-K, students study language, literacy and math while making new friends and building foundations for lifelong learning. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends parents visit their children's classrooms in advance to familiarize them with their new surroundings, and dress them in comfortable clothes and shoes every day. If students have a tendency to feel lonely, parents can send them to school with family photos to cheer them up, and blankets or stuffed animals to snuggle at naptime.