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Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

By Megan Nellen, Lower School Principal at The Walker School

1. Community Service: Use the break to plan community service ideas for the coming year. Kids can write flyers and notes asking neighbors to save and donate any holiday décor they plan on tossing out to be used next year for a family without a tree or decorations. Children of all ages can help make and deliver sandwiches for a homeless mission or shelter or make cards and pictures for a local nursing home.

2. Reuse, Recycle, Entertain: Collect leftover boxes, ribbons and paper and have your kids use them to build a robot or make a game. Each year at The Walker School second graders use cardboard to make arcade games.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Piedmont Newnan to hold final Walk With a Doc of 2014

Piedmont Newnan to hold final Walk With a Doc of 2014

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Piedmont Newnan Hospital’s final Walk With a Doc of 2014 will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22 at Carl Miller park, 70 Sewell Road in Newnan. Any member of the Coweta County community is invited to join up with other walkers for an hour of fun and fitness.   

Andrew Darlington, D.O., a cardiologist, will lead the walk. Dr. Darlington is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine and Nuclear Cardiology. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation and Cardiomyopathy. Dr. Darlington has a special interest in Congestive Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy.

Walkers are encouraged to gather at the main pavilion in Carl Miller Park by 8:15 a.m. as the walk begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. Dr. Darlington will take about five minutes to talk about heart health before leading all on a walk through the park while answering questions from participants.

Tickets on sale for 27th Candlelight Tour of Homes

Tickets on sale for 27th Candlelight Tour of Homes

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Piedmont Newnan Hospital Auxiliary’s 27th Candlelight Tour of Homes will feature a walking tour and a scavenger hunt to give participants a more interactive role as they take in some of Newnan’s most interesting, turn-of-the-century and early 1900s dwellings.  

The Tour of Homes will be held Friday, Dec. 5 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature six homes along a one-mile loop, allowing participants to walk the tour if they desire. The scavenger hunt will challenge visitors who match the house address to the correct architectural detail of the home to enter into a drawing for a gift basket from local vendors.

The featured homes will be the:

·         Salbide-Kestler-Pate Home at 32 Wesley Street

·         Salbide-Odom-Lee Home at 30 Wesley Street

Walk With a Doc program extended in Newnan

Walk With a Doc program extended in Newnan

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Due to its growing popularity, Piedmont Newnan’s Walk With a Doc program will be extended through November. The hospital had planned to hold their last walk of the year on Aug. 23 but, after back-to-back record turnouts, Piedmont made the decision to continue the program.

"This is a huge benefit for our community here in Newnan," said Piedmont Newnan CEO Mike Robertson. "The fact that we had another record turnout during our July walk is just phenomenal and shows that our Coweta County community is serious about healthy living."

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

(WXIA) -- More than 80,000 Georgia children are enrolled in the state's Pre-K Program for the 2014-15 school year.

Pre-K is open to all 4 year olds, regardless of household income. Assistant commissioner Susan Adams said that it is the first school experience for many children.

"For this reason, we take our roles very seriously, and we work really hard to provide Georgia's children with positive and meaningful experiences," Adams said in a release.

In Pre-K, students study language, literacy and math while making new friends and building foundations for lifelong learning. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends parents visit their children's classrooms in advance to familiarize them with their new surroundings, and dress them in comfortable clothes and shoes every day. If students have a tendency to feel lonely, parents can send them to school with family photos to cheer them up, and blankets or stuffed animals to snuggle at naptime.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."