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Creekview High School Receives $1,000 Donation

CANTON, GA -- Creekview High School in Canton recently received a generous donation through the fundraising efforts of a local salon.

Rhonda Brown, founder of Salon LaFaye (12420 Cumming Highway, Canton, 30115), presented Dr. Bob Eddy, principal of Creekview High, with the $1,000 check. The money was raised in June during the salon's TIGI Rockaholic Tour fundraiser. It will help pay for transportation costs for the Creekview High marching band.

Knox Elementary Students Join Jump Rope for Heart

CANTON, GA -- During the week of Sept. 27, students at Knox Elementary School in Canton participated in Jump Rope for Heart, a nationwide movement that aims to teach jump rope skills to children while educating them about heart health, according to its website.

Knox students spent two weeks perfecting their jump roping before the big event. They celebrated Jump Rope for Heart by joining competitions that raised money for the American Heart Association. These funds will go toward research for heart disease and other heart-related problems.

Avery Elementary Students Go to Work

CANTON, GA -- Avery Elementary School in Canton recently held its annual Career Day Fair, where representatives from all over the community talked about their various jobs.

This year's speakers included:

* Jay Baker, sergeant with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department
* Jessica Barker, equine trainer with Iron Horse Stables
* Emily Coffey, cake designer
* Keith Estock and Paul Helms of Lowe's Home Improvement
* Faren Hart of H&R Block
* Robert High, SCUBA volunteer for the Georgia Aquarium
* Shannon Kimber, sonographer
* Dr. Megan Kraski, equine veterinarian with Horner & Nash
* Wayde Powell, music instructor

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.

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.

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.