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Clayton Elementary Shows Team Pride

CANTON, GA -- On Friday, Sept. 17, Clayton Elementary School in Canton held a pep rally to celebrate its Fuel Up to Play 60 Kick-Off, organized by the school's health and wellness committee.

Fuel Up to Play is part of Back to Football Friday, a nationwide event sponsored by the NFL. The 34 schools across the country that show the most NFL team pride and demonstrate a commitment to health and wellness will be chosen as NFL Play 60 Super Schools. The winning schools will receive a visit from an NFL player and a $10,000 NFL Play 60 health and wellness grant.

Former NFL player Fulton Kuykendall, who played for the Falcons and the 49ers from 1975 to 1985, made a guest appearance and spoke to Clayton students about the importance of healthy eating and daily exercise. Kuykendall is a native of Cherokee County.

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Massey Matchups Predicts Week Four's Scores

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- The Game of the Week voting came down to the wire this week as Collins Hill-North Gwinnett and Creekview-Chattahoochee jockeyed for position as the poll closed. When all was said and done, Creekview at Chattahoochee edged out the Region 7-5A  battle to win by five-tenths of a percentage point.

Will any of this week's game's be that close? Massey Matchups lets us know.

In the Game of the Week, Chattahoochee is projected to win 30-21. Though Creekview's defense has looked good in their earlier games, the predictor tool thinks Chattahoochee's offense will be too much for the Grizzlies to slow down. The Cougars are 2-0 and host the 2-1 Creekview team at The Hooch.

Leaders are LAUNCHed at Avery Elementary

CANTON, GA -- Avery Elementary School's PTA recently held its annual Boosterthon Fun Run Campaign.

The Boosterthon encourages students to collect pledges from their family and friends for each lap they complete in the fun run. Proceeds from the fundraiser go toward Avery Elementary's instructional programs.

This year's theme was "Leader LAUNCH: Leaders, Active, Uplifting, Not bullies, Courageous and Helpers." The Boosterthon promotes positive skills and traits to the students, including team building, character and physical fitness.

Week Four's Game of the Week Nominees

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week will be tough to predict no matter which match-up fans pick.

The first nominee for Game of the Week is Creekview at Chattahoochee. While some teams have not played a single region game, these two teams have done nothing but battle teams within their region.

2-1 Creekview beat Region 7-4A opponents Sequoyah and Northwest Whitfield in a couple of low-scoring games, then, most recently, lost to Lambert by 10 points. Chattahoochee, a 2-0 team, beat Lambert 31-7 in their season opener and topped Forsyth Central 35-14 in their home opener.

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Sequoyah High School Students Take the Stage

CANTON, GA -- Two Sequoyah High School students are about to find themselves in the spotlight.

Senior Julia Flowerree and junior Ben Fierke were selected from more than 200 Georgia students who auditioned to be in the opening number of the 2011 Georgia State Thespian Conference, which will be held in Columbus, Georgia in February.

Flowerree and Fierke will spend the next five months rehearsing for their big performance. They are the only students from Cherokee County to be cast in the opening number, which is an ensemble show for featured actors, singers and dancers.

Meet the Manning Oaks Elementary Green Team

ALPHARETTA, GA -- Over 50 students from Manning Oaks Elementary School in Alpharetta are doing their part to save the earth through the new Manning Oaks Elementary Green Team.

Under the direction of fifth grade teacher Melissa Decker and special education instructor Kristen Waychowsky, MOE students are learning about the benefits of recycling, both at school and at home. They practice sorting recyclables and converting certain items into new creations, such as turning a used milk jug into a birdfeeder.

Manning Oaks parents are encouraged to bring their recyclable items, such as Capri Sun pouches and ink cartridges, to the school for recycling.

The Green Team is part of an ongoing effort to educate and encourage families to improve the planet by going green.

Many Kids Need 2 Doses of Flu Vaccine

ATLANTA -- While most people will need only one flu shot or spray to guard against H1N1 and the seasonal flu, this year, many children will need two, according to the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of 2010-11 flu vaccine for children 6 months through 8 years of age unless they received at least one dose of 2009 H1N1 vaccine last flu season and at least one dose of seasonal vaccine prior to the 2009-2010 flu season or two doses of seasonal flu vaccine last flu season.

The first dose "primes" the immune system, while the second dose provides immune protection, according to the CDC. The second dose should be given 28 or more days after the first dose.

North Atlanta Pediatrics explains it this way on its website: