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Golf tournament raises $16K for Special Olympics

Golf tournament raises $16K for Special Olympics

CANTON, Ga. -- More than 120 golfers participated in a Nov. 3 tournament to raise money for the Cherokee County Special Olympics.

The tournament was sponsored by the BridgeMill Athletic Club Men's Golf Association. Participants raise $16,400 for the worthwhile cause.

Cherokee County Special Olympics coordinators Amy Aenchbacher and David Martinez said the money will be used to buy equipment and uniforms, and pay registration fees and travel expenses for the children who participate in Special Olympics.

Volunteer this Thanksgiving

Volunteer this Thanksgiving

CUMMING, Ga. -- Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, and we need your help to provide a Thanksgiving feast for children in need and their families. Act Together will host our 3rd Community Thanksgiving dinner. This year, our Thanksgiving dinner will be in the gymnasium at Covenant Christian Academy in Cumming. There is a lot of work that goes into serving Thanksgiving dinner to hundreds of people and we need lots of help to make this happen.

Volunteers are needed to cook turkeys (we will provide the turkey) and bring to our Thanksgiving dinner ready to serve. You do not have to stay but must drop off between 12-2PM on Thanksgiving Day to the Covenant Christian Academy Gymnasium located at 6905 Post Road in Cumming. Contact Us to Sign Up.

Second grader makes blankets for nursing center

Second grader makes blankets for nursing center

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Carmel Elementary School student Emmalee Nichols, was challenged in Mrs. Jill Noojin's second-grade class to do a community service project.

Emmalee, age 8, made ten fleece no-sew lap blankets for the Canton Nursing Center.  Emmalee said, "I care about this project because people need our help, especially older people." The challenge was made in the spirit of Community Service Day, also known as Make a Difference Day (10/22/12).

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Emmalee’s parents, Wyatt and Michele Nichols, were very proud of her hard work and desire to help others. Carmel Elementary is nationally known for their character education program; they currently are the State School of Character for Georgia and have also received national acclaim.

Knox ES students raise money for Milton HS coach

Knox ES students raise money for Milton HS coach

CANTON, Ga. -- Students at Knox Elementary School in Canton are pitching in to help a local family.

Mike Scott, an assistant football coach at Milton High School, has Stage IV pancreatic cancer. Scott and his family live in Cherokee County; his daughter attends Canton's Liberty Elementary School.

When the students at Knox learned of Coach Scott's diagnosis, they wanted to raise money for his family. So the school hosted a special Hat Day that netted $600 for the Scotts.

"This was a Cherokee Zone initiative, and we were so happy to be a part of it," Knox Elementary principal Kelly Page said in a statement.

Belk donates $100K to Sandy relief

Belk donates $100K to Sandy relief

ATLANTA -- Belk Inc., operator of Belk department stores, has committed $100,000 to the American Red Cross to help the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

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"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who suffered and continue to struggle as a result of this devastating storm," Belk Inc. chairman and CEO Tim Belk said in a statement. "The American Red Cross is at the forefront of disaster relief efforts, providing much-needed resources and support to those who lives have been impacted by the storm."

Belk's contribution will support efforts both in New York and throughout the company's footprint.

There are several Belk locations throughout metro Atlanta. Visit belk.com to find your closest store.

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

More than 2,000 JROTC cadets from 30 metro Atlanta high schools
to participate in historic fundraising effort

On Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th, visitors to metro Atlanta Kroger stores are likely to be met by a smiling, uniformed JROTC cadet with an Empty Stocking Fund logo, as more than 2,000 cadets representing 30 metro Atlanta high schools’ JROTC programs will be working outside metro Kroger stores to raise awareness of and contributions for The Empty Stocking Fund, an Atlanta-based, Atlanta-serving non-profit organization that has been providing holiday gifts to Atlanta’s neediest children since 1926. 

Memorial bench dedicated to R.M. Moore ES student

Memorial bench dedicated to R.M. Moore ES student

WALESKA, Ga. -- Local masons helped raise money to install a bench at R.M. Moore Elementary School in honor of a student who went to the school before passing away.

Collins Dixon attended the Waleska elementary school from pre-K through 6th grade. He died of brain cancer on Jan. 14, 2012.

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Members of Dixon's family attended a dedication ceremony for the bench on Oct. 21. Several people spoke at the event, including Nathan Rich, one of Dixon's best friends, and former R.M. Moore Elementary principal Ken Johnson.