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AKA holding peace rally for middle school students

AKA holding peace rally for middle school students

ATLANTA -- Members of metro Atlanta's chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will hold a peace rally and workshop for middle school students over the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Ivy Community Center in southwest Atlanta. It is part of the 40 Days of Peace project, which aims to spread service and kindness through the country.

The peace rally and workshop will aim to teach young people about Dr. King's mission, and to raise awareness of crime and crime prevention strategies. Law enforcement members will also give an interactive presentation to encourage children to stamp out gangs and bullying.

Middle school students from several metro Atlanta counties -- Cobb, Cherokee, Clayton, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale -- are expected to participate.

Harlem Globetrotters coming to Gwinnett Center

Harlem Globetrotters coming to Gwinnett Center

DULUTH, Ga. -- Smiles and laughter are sure to abound when the Harlem Globetrotters drop into the Gwinnett Center in 2013.

The world famous exhibition basketball team will bring its You Write the Rules tour to metro Atlanta on Saturday, Mar. 16.

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The show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Attending families will also have the opportunity to participate in a special pre-show, where they can shoot, try out tricks and take pictures with the Globetrotters.

Visit harlemglobetrotters.com for more information about the group.

Rick Case Bikes for Kids program enters 31st year

Rick Case Bikes for Kids program enters 31st year

DULUTH, Ga. -- The Rick Case Automotive Group is once again collecting bicycles for needy children this holiday season.

Now in its 31st year, the Rick Case Bikes for Kids program has collected more than 100,000 bikes in three states.

"This program is a way to put smiles on thousands of children's faces," Rick Case said in a statement. "Our community really comes together to make sure the children in the area can have the best holiday season possible."

Atlanta-area residents can drop off bicycles in good condition at five car dealerships. The bikes will be distributed through local Boys & Girls Clubs.

Drop-off locations include:

Belk santafest to spread holiday cheer

Belk santafest to spread holiday cheer

ATLANTA -- Belk department stores will host their first-ever santafest holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 1.

All santafests will be held from noon to 3 p.m.

Highlights include crafts, family-friend activities, Christmas treats and, of course, the chance to meet Santa Claus. Participants can enter a drawing to win a $50 kids wardrobe; three winners will be chosen from each Belk store.

Visit belk.com for more information and to find your nearest store.

Swimming class to host tribute to veterans

Swimming class to host tribute to veterans

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The young synchronized swimmers at Collins Hill Park Aquatic Center are getting ready to host their fourth annual performance for veterans and military families.

The patriotic show will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.

The synchronized swimming group is made up of girls ages 8-14 who love to swim and are interested in honing their water skills in a creative way. Their Nov. 3 show is free and will be followed by a short reception.

For more information, visit gwinnettparks.com. Collins Hill Park is located at 2200 Collins Hill Road in Lawrenceville.

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment tops 2,000

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment tops 2,000

ATLANTA -- More than 2,000 students across Georgia are enrolled in Georgia Connections Academy, the state's first-ever free online public school.

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About 700 parents, students and educators kicked off the school year in Duluth in September, while another 400 Georgia Connections Academy families met with their teachers at gatherings across the state.

The school organizes monthly get-togethers and field trips for its students throughout the school year.

Learn more about this online schooling option, which is open to all Georgia students in grades K-12, at georgiaconnectionsacademy.com.

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.