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Shop with a Cop returns Dec. 11

Shop with a Cop returns Dec. 11

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The Alpharetta Police Athletic League (PAL) will host its 14th annual Shop with a Cop event on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Shop with a Cop pairs disadvantaged children with Alpharetta police officers for a holiday shopping spree at Walmart. PAL hopes to help at least 100 kids this year.

"Throughout the year, representatives of the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety come across families who, for whatever reason, face financial challenges," Alpharetta Officer Phil Ritchey said in a statement. "These financial challenges often carry into the holiday season and impact their ability to buy gifts for their children."

Children who participate in Shop with a Cop are given $100 to spend at the Walmart on Windward Parkway. Ritchey said that, although the money is for the children, many of them choose to spend some of it on their parents and siblings.

FMSA family and community enjoy fall activities

FMSA family and community enjoy fall activities

Families, students, and the community recently enjoyed a fun-filled fall day at First Montessori School of Atlanta's 18th Annual Montessori Mile. In addition to road races, the Saturday activities included gardening, a Family Festival, a Chili Cook-off and a Soles4Souls shoe collection drive. Participants also contributed to Middle School student Sarah Tolchin's ongoing effort to collect funds for Pennies for Peace and purchased homemade nut-free basil pesto made by Livia Osorio’s Upper Elementary class.

Parents and students competed in the first-ever FMSA Chili Cook-Off. Marcell Lubsey earned bragging rights and a Golden Ladle for the best-tasting chili.

Winning runners in the children's events were (1st) Matt Fumo and Amy Soba; (2nd) River Ross and Annie Ingham; and (3rd) Jack Friedline and Alexandra Lubsey.

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

ATLANTA -- Georgia children in Pre-K through 5th grade can now color their way to a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

In honor of College Savings Month, the statewide college savings program is hosting a coloring contest with a $1,529 scholarship at stake.

To win the money, children must color a picture of Hootie the Wise Old Owl and complete a sentence: When I graduate, I'm going to be a ________.

Download the picture of Hootie here.

Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30 and must be received no later than Oct. 5. More information about the contest can be found at path2college529.com.

A winner will be randomly chosen in mid-October.

River Eves ES kindergartners come together for movie night

River Eves ES kindergartners come together for movie night

ROSWELL, Ga. -- More than 110 River Eves Elementary School kindergarten students and their parents attended the second annual River Eves Education Foundation (REEF) Kindergarten Morning at the Movies on Aug. 25.

The fun family event was held at Studio Movie Grill in Alpharetta.

"Our second annual Studio Movie Grill event was a tremendous success," REEF president Jennifer Walley said in a statement. "We are proud to host a fun event for our newet Eagles, as well as meet our new parents and gather their feedback on the areas they feel are important at the school."

During Morning at the Movies, parents got to hear all about the school and its many recent advancements in technology and science.

Tips for Kindergarten Parents

Tips for Kindergarten Parents

Where did the time go? Wasn't it yesterday that you brought the baby home from the hospital? It's back to school time again and for those sending a child to kindergarten, it can be quite emotional... for parents anyway. Kindergarten is a special time and you'll begin seeing pay off on your hard work over the past 5 years. For most this will be the first full school day, the first year to ride the school bus, the first year to have homework, and the first year when peer influences begin to play a role.

National Night Out to be held Tuesday

National Night Out to be held Tuesday

MILTON, Ga. -- Milton's Police and Fire departments will co-host the city's National Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Activities include a bounce house, an interactive fire safety house demonstration, SWAT demonstrations and other police- and fire-related things for the whole family to enjoy.

Police officers and firefighters from Milton and Alpharetta will serve hot dogs, hamburgers, sodas and ice cream sandwiches. Vinny's New York Pizza & Italian Grill and Chick-fil-A will also provide refreshments.

The fun will be held at the Wills Park Equestrian Center, which is located at 11915 Wills Road in Alpharetta.

Now in its 29th year, National Night Out is a series of community events aimed at preventing drug use and crime.

Tools 4 School

Tools 4 School

ATLANTA -- Can you believe it’s just a few short weeks before the school bus will be rounding the block again?

Act Together Ministries needs your help to collect school supplies for children in need in five north metro counties: Forsyth, N Fulton, Cobb, Cherokee, and Gwinnett. With your help, we will set up our 4th annual school supply “store” that allows children the opportunity to shop for their own school supplies. The children love picking out their favorite color backpack, selecting pencils with a preferred cartoon character, and getting the exact items listed on their school supply list. Parents in our program contribute $5 toward the event so that they have the honor of taking ownership. No one wants to wait in a hand out line and be labeled “Needy.” In addition to receiving school supplies, the children get haircuts, medical/dental screening, lunch, and enjoy crafts, games and other fun activities.