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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.

Broadway in Atlanta raises $18K for Bert’s Big Adventure

Broadway in Atlanta raises $18K for Bert’s Big Adventure

ATLANTA -- Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta kicked off its 2014/2015 series in Atlanta this past Tuesday with the city’s debut of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, featuring a special check presentation prior to the start of the show. The donation from the presenters of the first-class touring musicals was given to Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Disney World for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families.

The contribution was a result of previous ticket sales for the Atlanta debut of the series’ musical The Little Mermaid, which ran at the Fox Theatre until July 13. For every ticket sold during pre-season, $5 was donated to benefit the Atlanta-based nonprofit organization.

Fulton County Fire Rescue advises residents to maintain smoke alarms

Fulton County Fire Rescue advises residents to maintain smoke alarms

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the first thing in a home that can alert families to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Whether you're awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke,” says Fire Chief Larry Few of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “As firefighters, we continually remind residents to check their smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly.”

The NFPA offers the following tips to help residents safeguard their homes from home fires:

Where do I put smoke alarms in my home?

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."

Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center to open June 19

Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center to open June 19

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, District 5, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and Fulton County Arts and Culture, will celebrate the Grand Opening of the Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center (ACCC) on Thursday, June 19 at 10 a.m.

The grand opening celebration will kick off three days of activities organized to introduce the new facility to the community and increase awareness of the center, its programming and activities. 

The center is located at 3900 Aviation Circle, Atlanta on the grounds of Fulton County Airport – Brown Field.  It is designed as a community gathering place and will focus on the following types of programming:

Local restaurants make 5 Make-a-Wish dreams come true

Local restaurants make 5 Make-a-Wish dreams come true

(WXIA) -- Diners at two metro Atlanta-based restaurant chains had a hand in making wishes come true for five very special children.

Throughout March and April, J. Christopher's and Reveille Café customers donated more than $47,000 to the Make-a-Wish organizations in Georgia and Middle Tennessee. Make-a-Wish grants surprises to children living with life-threatening medical conditions.

Thanks to the diners' generosity, Make-a-Wish was able to send five kids on trips of a lifetime:

Andrea, age 3
Hematologic (blood) disorder
Andrea got to go to Disney World and meet her idols -- Mickey and Minnie; Peter Pan and Tinkerbell; Pluto and Goofy.

Bryce, age 4
Wilms' tumor (kidney cancer)
Bryce got to fly on a plane to Disney World, ride the rides and meet Mickey Mouse.

Elijah, age 8
Respiratory condition
Elijah took an "absolutely awesome" trip to Disney World.

Fulton County kicks off Older Americans Month with Community Days

Fulton County kicks off Older Americans Month with Community Days

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Senior Multipurpose Facilities will host Community Days in May in observance of Older Americans Month 2014.

Community Days are designed for adults and children of all ages and feature games, entertainment, refreshments and information regarding services available for seniors through the Fulton County Office of Aging. Event dates include the following:

H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility
Saturday, May 3
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
2885 Church Street
East Point, 30344
404-762-4821

Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility
Saturday, May 10, 2014. 
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
677 Fairburn Road NW
Atlanta, 30331
4040-613-8580

Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex
Saturday, May 17, 2014
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
6500 Vernon Woods Drive
Sandy Springs, 30328
404-613-4900