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A Lady Named PEARL presents the Fifth Annual Pearl’s Holiday Haiti Benefit

Pearl from A Lady Named Pearl Modeling & Leadership Academy would like to thank the Atlanta and South Fulton community for joining her in support of providing education for girls in Haiti. All proceeds from the benefit will go to Ecole Shalom, the sister school of A Lady Named Pearl Modeling & Leadership Academy. They raised $1200 from the benefit concert held on December 10, 2015! The closing date for donations was January 12th, 2016, the 6th anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake.

The featured artists included Mausiki Scales & the Common Ground Collective, Rahbi, Donnie, Jhelisa, DJ Daz-I-Kue, India Shawn, Floyd Grant, Black, Ernest Fabre, and Atlanta Dance Connection. In addition, there was a fashion presentation. According to Pearl, “In our years of having this concert we have raised several thousands of dollars for Carma Foundation, The Haitian Alliance, Educate Haiti Now, Samara’s Angels and Dreams of God. Our focus this year is to raise money for Ecole Shalom. Funds raised will go towards Ecole Shalom’s “Let Girls Learn” initiative, in which we will be providing scholarship for girls in Haiti to receive an education.”

Special thanks to their sponsors: Charlotte’s Web Solutions,  MHR International, 800 East Studios, The Usual Suspects Photography, Betties Curls, and Derrick’s Cake Delights! For more information and for upcoming events, please visit ALadyNamedPearl.com.

Westlake Baseball Players 
Sign with GA State and EKU

Terrell Frazier and Ramon Nicholas Laster signed early commitments with colleges, earning baseball scholarships. Frazier has committed locally with Georgia State University. Ramon Nicholas Laster has signed on with Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY. Both young men are products of Westlake High’s stellar baseball program. Congrats from South Fulton Lifestyle as you continue your education and baseball careers on the next level.

Open Enrollment and Upcoming Lottery at Liberty Tech Charter School

Liberty Tech Charter School has opened its online application for students anywhere in the state of Georgia. The school will be located in South Fayette County and will open with grades 3-8. Applications must be submitted by February 15. 2016 to be considered for enrollment. For more information see LibertyTechCharter.org.

Ever think about the fact that our education system was created in the 1800s to mold a labor force that is no longer relevant? Ever wonder why it is so hard to get a job with a high school diploma or even with some college degrees? Educators, parents, employers, and all citizens interested in education reform, don’t miss the viewing of this critically acclaimed documentary, “Most Likely to Succeed.” The Sundance film, brought to the southside by Liberty Tech Charter School, asks the hard questions about why schools  are attempting to teach and test skills, that when mastered, still leave graduates woefully unprepared for the 21st Century. The film will be shown at the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, January 23, at 7 pm. A panel discussion will follow. Please visit the events page at LibertyTechCharter.org for more information.

Liberty Tech open application: December 15-February 15

Liberty Tech Lottery: February 20, Brooks UMC, 10 am

Join the Southside Kickers 
Kickball Team!

Can you think of anything that brings back happy memories of growing up more than kickball?

Let me introduce you to the South Side Kickers! A division of 25AndOlder Inc., South Side Kickers (SSK) is an adult women’s kickball league founded and based in South Fulton County, GA. Our organization promotes adult health, fitness, friendly competition and community service. No matter your skill level or athletic ability, you’ll enjoy kickball and the opportunities to socialize and make lasting friendships.

“Kickball has allowed me to become a part of Kick Astros. We are a family,” shared Jovonia “JoJo” Bellamy.

Over 200 women, predominantly from South Fulton County, participated on Sunday afternoons during the spring, summer, and fall at Langston Hughes High School and Clarence Duncan Memorial Park in Fairburn, GA.

Missey “Foxx” Fox Part of click 9, mentioned “I wasn’t doing anything. I don’t club. Don’t hang out. Nothing. Kickball got me out of the house. Now I hang out, meet people, go clubbing, have fun and enjoy myself.”

Although playing kickball was important, we found time to hold a $1000 shopping spree raffle, donated over 100 pairs of shoes to Shoes for Haiti, donated book bags for a back-to-school drive, and donated over 100 canned goods to Hosea Feed the Homeless.

25AndOlder Inc. is all about having fun together – being competitive, active and interactive. With 2015 being our inaugural year, our goal in 2016 is to continue providing the best sports and social experience possible!

“Kickball has shown me that a group of ladies in all space and sizes from all walks of life can come out fellowship and enjoy wins, losses, and still walk away looking forward to the next game/practice” stated Chanteria “TnT” with the A Team.  Look for additional recreational activities in the future.

“Aside from the commitment, motivation, stress relief, time management and health benefits, the game is sociable and is a great leveler. You play alongside people from completely different walks of life, who are interesting, entertaining and on your side,” shared Tracy “Pinot Noir“ Culpepper Sharpe with Kick Star Divas.

If you are interested in getting physically fit, playing a fun, competitive sport, and traveling, please join 25AndOlder Inc. and SSK.

We are currently registering for Spring Kickball, Coaches, Players, Teams and Volunteers are welcomed to join us.

Please contact Arnold Jiggetts, founder and operator at 770.629.7750 or 25andolderkickball@gmail.com. Visit our website at 25AndOlder.com.

Editor’s Note: In our December Best of South Fulton issue, LaKisha Johnson of Infiniti was mistakenly identified as LaKisha Anderson.