Donate Life American and LifeLink Premiere

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LifeLink hosted a successful premier of Donate Life America’s film, The Wish, at Midtown Arts Cinema. To learn more or become an organ, eye, or tissue donor today, visit DonateLife.Net or call 770.225.5465.

Inaugural Cool Dads Rock Gala and Fundraiser

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The CDR Awards event recognizes exceptional dads from the community. This year’s honorees include Alren “Griff” Griffin, Andre “Ty” Low, Curtis Mast, and Jason “J” Carter.

Michelle’s Picks

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I love adventure, so when I was contacted by Marla Alexander at Sonrise Ranch to come check out her ranch, it was a no-brainer. Let me say first that it doesn’t look like a typical ranch, so if you’re not looking for it, you’ll surely pass it. It’s very quaint. However, all it takes is a closer look to see the horses chomping on grass to know that you’re in the right place. What’s cool about Sonrise Ranch is that it’s not just for awesome birthday parties, summer camp outings, out of the box field trips, or training and boarding, but it’s also a saving place.

Teachers at the head of the class

Teachers at the head of the class

What all good teachers have in common, however, is that they set high standards for their students and do not settle for anything less.
–Marva Collins, Marva Collins’ Way

Theatre Du Reve

Theatre Du Reve

The team at Théâtre du Rêve (Theater of the Dream), the only Francophone theater company in the United States, doesn’t just love French theater: it goes beyond that.

Christiana Oshotse

Christiana Oshotse

Christiana Oshotse is a Math & Science Magnet senior at Westlake High School. Over the course of her four years in high school, she has played volleyball, volunteered at her school and throughout her community, and excelled academically. Her interest in medicine and healthcare is what urged her to participate in the healthcare pathway offered at Westlake with a concentration in emergency medicine, and interest derived from skills she learned as a first responder. She has thoroughly enjoyed learning how to save lives and prevent accidents, and has served as president of HOSA-Future Health Professionals for this past year, which allowed her to reach out to healthcare professionals in her community and challenged her to successfully manage a chapter of 300 students.

South Fulton Schools

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With more than 96,000 students, Fulton County Schools is Georgia’s largest charter system and has been named by Money magazine as “One of the Top 100 School Districts in Places You Can Afford.” It has long been recognized as an exemplary school system, representative of an model community. My personal mission is to make sure that every youth in Fulton County performs to his or her highest potential and has access to all opportunities that sound education can provide – outcomes that should exist whether a child is taught in north or south Fulton County Schools.

August 2015 Around Town

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The Honorable JaDawnya C. Butler is the newest member of the Municipal Court of Atlanta Bench. Judge Butler was sworn in by Mayor Kasim Reed on May 21, 2015, making her the 9th and youngest judge on the Municipal Court of Atlanta’s Bench. Before her appointment, she served in the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office for more than four years. She most recently served as Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Crimes Against Women & Children Unit.

Local Author Exlpores Language and Identity

Local Author Exlpores Language and Identity 1

Language, Identity and Choice: Raising Bilingual Children in a Global Society provides scholarly insight to how foreign language acquisition has influenced an individual’s understanding of identity within the African American family. Scholarship is rooted in sociolinguistic, communication and bilingual theoretical perspectives. This text describes how foreign language acquisition, development and use help to shape how African Americans are able to describe and proscribe their identity and in turn, the identity of the family. It looks specifically at how family language choices, in particular choosing to be bilingual, effects family communication and perception of identity from people outside of the family.

Fishburn Prize Finalist 
Chantrise Sims-Holliman

Fishburn Prize Finalist 
Chantrise Sims-Holliman

Chantrise Sims-Holliman, an 8​th-9th grade English teacher at Westlake High School in South Fulton, is one of only six teachers nationwide who have been named finalists for the 2015 Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice, a $25,000 award recognizing the nation’s most effective teachers working in high-poverty public schools. As a finalist, Ms. Sims-Holliman will receive $1,000 from TNTP, the nonprofit organization that offers the award. Four other teachers were also announced as winners today.



The Foster family has resided in South Fulton for 10 years and, they absolutely love it. The convenience of being close to nature, seeing their neighbors ride horseback ride and the serene, pastoral feel is what brought them to South Fulton. Jamaal and Raushanah are originally from Ohio: he is from Cincinnati and she hails from Cleveland. They met in college at Tuskegee University and are both engineers, working for GE Power & Water. Below Raushanah lists some of their favorite aspects of living the South Fulton lifestyle.

Jameda Owens Is Making Her Mark

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Each spring, every Fulton County school is invited to nominate outstanding educators based on teacher, staff and parent input. These professionals are then evaluated a second time through a classroom visit and interview, and one finalist is announced from each of Fulton’s geographic Learning Communities – Northeast, Northwest, Central and South. From that list of four, the Overall Teacher of the Year is chosen.

Intervene Early

Intervene Early

You never know where you will meet someone in your tribe. Most recently for me, it was at a park in West Philadelphia (Cue Fresh Prince theme song).