Our network

Community Spirit

Campbell, Wheeler High Students "Pay It Forward" to CHOA Nurses

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Two Cobb County high school juniors recently did some good for the nurses at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Sophie Polakowski, a student at Campbell High School in Smyrna, and Kevin Enners of Wheeler High School in Marietta are Teen Ambassadors for the Fragile Kids Foundation. Inspired by 11Alive's "Random Act of Kindness" campaign, they paid a visit to the Intensive Care Unit to thank the nurses for their work caring for medically fragile children.

The students handed out "pass it on" cards, T-shirts and $100 gift cards to Ray's on the River.

Read more on the CCSD CobbCast.

Atlanta Opera Receives Anonymous $112,000 Donation

ATLANTA -- Dennis Hanthorn, Zurich General Director of the Atlanta Opera, announced on Monday, Oct. 25 that the Atlanta Opera has received $112,000 from an anonymous donor.

The generous gift will be used to launch the "Heart of the Opera" campaign, a fundraising effort with a goal to raise $112,000 in 12 days.

"We have found in the past that the best way to encourage donations is to provide an incentive to match these contributions," said Mary K. Roarabaugh, director of development for the Atlanta Opera. "We decided to launch the 'Heart of the Opera' campaign to fill a need, and out of our profound appreciation for this anonymous donor, who personifies the heart of the opera."

"Heart of the Opera" will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Campbell High School Cares

SMYRNA, GA -- On Saturday, Oct. 30, Campbell High School will host a community-wide service event, Campbell Cares.

Students, parents, clubs, organizations and community volunteers will do a variety of service projects within the City of Smyrna, including painting, landscaping and renovation. Project sites include elementary schools, parks and retirement homes.

Campbell students who complete 20 or more hours of service will be honored at school award ceremonies and graduation, receiving the same recognition as participants in athletic and academic events.

Donations for the first Campbell Cares event are greatly appreciated. Donor recognition will be based on levels of contribution ($250, $500 and $1,000 increments).

A Taste of Canada

The World Trade Center of Atlanta in association with The Consulate General of Canada and the Quebec Delegation in Atlanta is hosting “A Taste of Canada” on Tuesday, October 26th from 5:30 pm until 8:00 pm.  Enjoy an evening focusing on Canada – our “Neighbour to the North” and the US friend, ally and most important trading partner.  Discover the “World Next Door”: guest speaker Ambassador David Wilkins, former US Ambassador to Canada, taste wines, beers, hors d’oeuvres, music by Canadian jazz singer Jennifer Hanson & her trio, and enter to win tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s OVO and other prizes. Tickets $25 call Lilia Postolachi 404-813-6672 lilia@wtcatlanta.com or http://www.globalatlanta.com/cal/event/2266/.

We Run So That Others May See

SMYRNA, GA -- Vision Rehabilitation Services (VRS), a Smryna-based non-profit, is dedicated to assisting persons who are blind or visually impaired so they may function independently in their homes, schools, workplaces, houses of worship and so on.

Charyn Darby, a former VRS board chair, dedicated her life to this mission. After she passed away in 2009, her fellow members decided to honor her legacy by making her the title sponsor of the annual 5K/1K race benefiting the programs created by VRS.

The 2010 Charyn Darby Race to See will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23. It is a certified qualifying run for the Peachtree Road Race and takes participants through downtown Smyrna, beginning and ending near Cobb Park, across from Campbell High School (5265 Ward Street SE, Smyrna, 30080).

"Charyn Darby served as board chair for VRS for seven years and was an active member of the VRS board for more than 20 years," said Joan M.

Cartoon Network, Boys & Girls Club Join Forces to Stop Bullying

ATLANTA -- Cartoon Network, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., has revealed the full scope of components for its multi-platform Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign, aimed at empowering youth to take action and reduce bullying.

The on-air and online campaign picks up momentum with new partners and additional resources from Time Warner and officially launched on Monday, Oct. 4 in conjunction with the 5th annual National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Center for Bullying Prevention and leading up to Bullying Prevention Awareness Day, Wednesday, Oct. 20.

With the help of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Stop Bullying campaign hopes to reach the roughly 4.2 million kids served by BGCA through the distribution of bullying prevention kits. More than 4,000 kits will be distributed to BGCA clubs nationwide on Bullying Prevention Awareness Day.

Holiday Help for Cobb County Families in Need

MARIETTA, GA -- Hundreds of Cobb County families live near, at or below the poverty line. They could use a boost, especially during the holidays.

This year, the Center for Family Resources, in partnership with the Department of Family and Children Services, will register 1,500 Cobb families for the 2010 Thanks for Giving campaign. It is estimated that this year will mark the largest Thanksgiving food distribution in the organization's history; it will take nearly 70,000 food items to ensure that every family in need receives the essentials for Thanksgiving.

Registration for Thanks for Giving 2010 will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 6 and Thursday, Oct. 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cobb County Civic Center (548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, 30060). At this time, families can also sign up for the Cobb Christmas program.

Distribution of food boxes to registered families will be on Friday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 20 at Jim R.