John Eaves Delivers Inaugural State of the County Address
Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman John H. Eaves outlined his vision for the future of Fulton Country when he delivered his first State of the County address, an event presented by the Council for Quality Growth. The theme of the event held on April 30 at the Loudermilk Center was “One Fulton” and highlighted the work being done by county employees and leadership on behalf of constituents throughout Fulton County. The event featured Chairman Eaves discussing ways leadership plans to address crime and public safety, economic development, transportation, education, government services delivery and other issues facing Fulton County residents. The event concluded a first quarter highlighted by a unanimous vote on our county budget and additional efforts to ensure greater governmental accountability by the county.
“I believe we, as a county, have a great story to tell about a government that is on the right track,” says Chairman Eaves.
For more information, call 404.612.8238. Chairman Eaves’ office can also be reached via social media on Twitter @JohnEaves and Facebook /JohnHEaves. You can join the conversation on social media and follow and/or post the hashtag #OneFulton. Complied from an article by Sojourner Marable Grimmett at JohnEaves.com.
Karriem Grogan Becomes First Gates Millennium Scholar at Hapeville Charter
High school senior Karriem Grogan is a member of the third class to graduate from Hapeville Charter Career Academy. He is the first student at the school to receive the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship, which covers both undergraduate and graduate tuition. He is a member of the track team and an avid writer. Grogan writes,
“I am eternally grateful to those that have given me these four attributes: training, discipline, inspiration and drive. I cannot place my heap of success solely to natural talent or time spent in a classroom, rather I must stack appreciation onto others. It is my deepest desire to show gratitude to all those that have ventured through life’s obstacle courses with me; they are the ones that have created and sustained my ambition, zealousness and perseverance. One is Jehovah God himself, second is my beautiful mother, coming in third are my grandparents, and in recent events Bill and Melinda Gates. Recently being bestowed the honor of being the first Gates Millennium Scholar at Hapeville Charter Career Academy can be likening to a steam train. The more coal you put in the furnace the better the drive. The scholarship has given me a greater driving force and has me on the fast track, charging towards opportunities that were unimaginable for me. I cannot be anything but eternally grateful.”
Alex’s Lemonade Days Returns
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer, invites volunteers across the country to take a stand against childhood cancer when Alex’s Lemonade Days returns, June 12-14. ALSF’s National Lemonade Days began in 2004 when Alex Scott set her sights on raising $1 million to fight childhood cancer, including hers. Alex invited volunteers to join her in hosting lemonade stands to help achieve her goal one dollar and one lemonade stand at a time. Through the help of these volunteers, Alex would reach her goal before losing her life to cancer in August of that year. Each June, the weekend before Father’s Day, supporters everywhere contribute to a cure. The Foundation was built upon the principle that you are never too young to make a difference in the lives of others. Check out a lemonade stand at participating Flying Biscuits in the Atlanta area, including Peachtree City and Midtown, throughout the month of June. For more information and to sign up to host a lemonade stand, visit: AlexsLemonade.org/LemonadeDays.
Award-winning BioLogue Program Holds STEM Fair for Girls
A recent winner of the Awesome Foundation award and a partner with the Atlanta Science Festival, the BioLogue program offers an experiential learning approach that allows exploration using college level hands on experiments. The mission of the BioLogue Program is to provide learners the opportunity to grasp science via inquiry based methodologies. The program has two arms: one arm is the BioLogue STEM Fair For Girls where girls showcase their research based projects and compete for prizes. This is the only research based STEM Fair for girls in the country. The goal is to encourage girls to pursue careers in STEM.
The second arm is STEM Adventures, a hodgepodge of hands-on activities for boys and girls. Youth delve into a repertoire of immersive career focused activities that stimulate interest in a variety of STEM-related content.
Gladys Delancey-Bolding is the founding director of operations at BioLogue Program. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in therapeutic recreation, Master’s of Science in molecular cell and physiology and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in curriculum development/instruction. On August 14th, she will be a STEM panelist at the Pink Power Conference, a one-day business and career conference for women. Visit the website at PinkPowerConference.com. For more information about the BioLogue program, see BioLogueprogram.com.
Great American Campout Kicks off June 27
Camp for a cause and help wildlife stay wild. National Wildlife Federation’s widely popular nationwide event, the Great American Campout is celebrating its 10th year of connecting people with the great outdoors so that they will form a deeper desire to protect wildlife and wild places. Nick Offerman, star of NBC’s Parks & Recreation series serves as Official Celebrity Spokesman in promotional online and print ads for the cause which kicks off on Saturday, June 27, 2and runs through Labor Day.
“Of course it’s great,” says Offerman. “It’s camping, and it’s American.”
To participate, National Wildlife Federation asks people of all ages to make an online pledge to camp anywhere – from a forest to their own backyards – at least once this summer and provides all the information needed, including a directory of hosted Great American Campout locations, tips on what to bring, lists of campout activities and recipes, and more. Campers are encouraged to take #Campies (Camping Selfies) and submit them to NWF’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to share their experiences and create an extended community of participants year round. Attend the Camp Out planned in Kennesaw or plan one in our neighborhood. For more information, and to register, please go to NWF.org/Campout.
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