Healthy 
Lunch 
Packing Tips for School

Healthy 
Lunch 
Packing Tips for School

Believe it or not, it’s already time for the kids to head back to school. If you have young children in school and you’re anything like me, you’re excited, anxious and struggling to get back into the school year routine, all at the same time! It seems like the summer flies right by. I’m sure many of you go back and forth between packing lunch for your kid(s) to take to school and allowing your kid(s) to eat the lunch that their school provides.

August 2017 Around Town

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Across WellStar Health System, nurses are at the center of the not-for-profit’s mission to deliver world-class healthcare to patients. WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South’s nurses and physicians who work to elevate the field of nursing were recently recognized at WellStar’s annual Excellence in Nursing award ceremony.

OUR CONTRIBUTORS

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GABRIELLE is a rising sophomore at Spelman College from Atlanta, Georgia. She is an English major planning to have a career in the media and entertainment industry. Her career interests include video production and screenwriting. She enjoys writing, graphic design, video editing, and traveling in her spare time. She has launched a YouTube Channel with her best friend with hopes to reach an audience of future college students to give them advice. She also enjoys volunteering at local community service organizations and is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and continues to serve with her younger sisters. She lives by the adage, “the bitterness of poor quality lingers longer than the sweetness of low price.”

Ready or Not!

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Y’all, School bells? Already? It seems like we just celebrated graduations and last day of school parties together. There are not enough lazy summer days anymore. Look outside! It’s blazing and the mercury is not dropping anytime soon. The water temperature at the beach is probably perfect. What happened to my plans to find a porch swing, a glass of lemonade, and a spare moment to relax? I’m scrambling like a remix of the Grinch, who simply must keep the first day of school from coming; but how?

First Day Fresh Fashions from Fab’rik

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How can it be time to head back to school already? The weather outside continues to scream summer, summer summertime, but busy schedules, rapidly filling calendars and conversations about teachers, books, and homework say otherwise. It’s time to start thinking about what you will wear to head back to school. The first day of school is always an opportunity to make a “new” first impression. The stylist at Fab’rik at the Avenue Peachtree City provided some wonderful back to school looks for the upcoming school year. The fun and playful looks seen here are created with denim, overalls, jumpsuits and cute sundresses. Asymmetrical hemlines, retro accents and chunky and metallic bold accesories are all simple ways to incorporate trends into your personal style while keeping your look fresh.

Dr. Booker Poe

Dr. Booker Poe

For nearly five decades, Dr. Booker Poe has provided quality pediatric services to many who were raised in what is now known as South Fulton. Hailing from Eustis, Florida, Dr. Poe settled in Atlanta in 1969 to fulfill a lifelong dream of helping children live healthy lives. He has done so in a manner that is unprecedented. In fact, it was so unprecedented that he is the recipient of countless awards from the Georgia State Medical Association as well as the Atlanta Medical Association.

ARCHIE 
BOUIE

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“I am a man of faith. Everything I have done has been guided by my faith,” were the first words that Archie Bouie II spoke when asked the question, “Who are you?”
Bouie owes his successes to a few key principles, and faith is one that stands strong at the forefront of his daily journey. It’s not often that a man so accomplished would be quick to speak of his faith or admit to mistakes made along that journey, but it was no problem for him.

Chef David Rose

Chef David Rose

“I’ve always been around food,” says this cheery New Jersey transplant. “Both of my parents were cooks; I would go where they were working and watch them.” By the time he was a teenager, David Rose says he was allowed to be sous chef on occasion, the title making him second in authority to the head chef. Adolescence, in fact, found him soaking up culinary skills that would “prep” him for his future career in the kitchen and beyond, like the “Food Network Star.”

IT’S NOT TOO LATE!

My daughter is a senior in high school, and she hasn’t done anything to prepare for college. I told her that it’s too late for her to get into most colleges or universities. Although there is nothing wrong with it, she may have to attend a junior college or a local state college, but I really want her to get accepted into colleges she wants to attend. Unfortunately, I’m afraid it’s too late!

Enjoy the Ride!

Enjoy the Ride!

The beginning of the school year is upon us. We look forward to the new experiences our children will have during the school year. So, here are a list of do’s and don’ts when preparing for the first day of school.

Just a Touch….A Touch of Inspiration, That Is

Just a Touch….A Touch of Inspiration, That Is

As I open my eyes and realize I am in the eighth month of the year (with eight being the number that symbolizes new beginnings), what a beginning I am about to embark upon! What I am alluding to is that this month is also the month of my milestone 50th birthday. Yes, I know….they say a real lady never tells her age; I beg to differ. I am fully persuaded that every year I’m alive is also a year to count as a blessing. And though I will, in a heartbeat, jokingly tell anyone that I am only 25, please know that I am truly grateful for every year that God has allowed me to be here.

Inspired By Kemery’s Kreations

Inspired By Kemery's Kreations

At 8 years old, Kemery Oparah is already a community-minded trailblazer who enjoys church and thinking of how she can give back to her community. The self-proclaimed president of the Nature Club she started at school, Kemery has a natural interest in gardening, animals and outdoor exploration. She occasionally volunteers by sorting vegetables for neighbors through a co-op program.

Justin Clay

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Born in Daytona Beach and raised in Atlanta, Justin Clay discovered his musical talents early on in church and school.
As a six-year-old, Justin started playing music in church with his father. Later, an elementary school teacher, Janice Love, asked him to write and compose the fifth grade promotion song. Justin composed his first original composition and performed it solo on the piano. A similar opportunity presented itself in high school when Justin composed and performed the Redan High School 1997 Class Song, “It’s Been a Long Time Coming.” It is safe to say that Justin’s passion and musical talent have always been quite noticeable.

FUSION: Presented by Arlington Christian School and Operation YES

FUSION: Presented by Arlington Christian School and Operation YES 6

FUSION was a multimedia explosion of talent and entertainment at the beautiful Southwest Arts Center, a perfect backdrop. From the ATLFunk Lords breakdancing crew to a small but mighty drumline, the event was nothing short of a celebration! There was acting, dancing, live painting, an art auction, instrumental selections and vocal selections, all illustrating the freedom of creative expression afforded the young people enrolled at Arlington. It was a moment that was set aside to exalt the arts along with academics and athletics, both of which are of the highest quality as demonstrated by the Boys Basketball Team’s recent State Championship. The highlights of the show were the fashion show and the rap performance of Common and John Legend’s “Glory.” The night ended in the crowd becoming choir, joining with the students in singing a gospel song, stressing the spiritual foundation that the nondenominational school was built upon. Parents, community members, and faculty and staff were on their feet yelling, “Encore!” and “Bravo!”

August 2017 Hometown Hero

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Paw Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” is taking the stage for the first-ever live tour with four performances at the Fox Theatre on Sat., July 8 at 10 a.m., Sat., July 8 at 2 p.m., Sun., July 9 at 10 a.m. and Sun., July 9 at 2 p.m. SFL had the opportunity to chat with Olivia Sarafina Washington, who is playing the role of Mayor Goodway in the show, and learn more about her role and her acting experience.