Dear Summer

It is almost time to go back to school and I just wanted to share some thoughts with you. Thank you for two whole months of remembering what it was like to be a kid. For us here in the south, summer’s kick off begins with the Memorial Day holiday.

Just Keep 

Y'all know the old adage that you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Sometimes you're too busy "adulting" to try something new. I was fortunate enough to hang out with about twenty other military widows at a retreat here in our beautiful city of Atlanta. A staycation of sorts. It was a pleasure to play hostess and take the…

Around Town

Union City Mayor Vince Williams and City Council has given final approval to renaming the street leading to Atlanta Metro Studios as Studio Way. The unanimous decision during their Regular Session meeting in June officially changed the name of Shannon Way to Studio Way. The City has welcomed the development with open arms and is looking forward to hosting large-scale…

United Way of Greater Atlanta Young Professional Leaders Hosts Second Annual signature event, 
“Night for a Brighter Tomorrow” at Ventanas

South Fulton’s own Juanda Roberts led the 2015-2016 YPL Board, raising $70K for UWGA Kid’s Home Initiative, tackling childhood homelessness. The event featured The Cartel Band and an OMG Booth. YPL is proud that the Kid’s Home Initiative will serve 30 additional families for a year, helping over 50 children.

Pearls of Purpose Foundation, Inc. Hosts 29th Annual Mother-Daughter Luncheon “First in Service Honoring Military Women Launching New Dimensions of Service”

The Pearls of Purpose Foundation, Inc., established by the Nu Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc®, hosted the annual event, chaired by Dr. Jessalyn Askew. Over $30,000 in scholarships were awarded to twelve Atlanta High School Seniors to assist with their undergraduate studies. Photography by Darnell Williams.

Kia-Symone Surrell’s Success Story

Kia-Symone Surrell was born in Oakland, California to Keiyauna and Alton Surrell. In her early adolescent years, her future was not foreshadowed to be as bright as it is today. While living in California, Kia was besieged by an environment that was unfit for a growing child. She lived in both her father’s and mother’s homes simultaneously after they separated…

Kim Bearden

Kim Bearden is co-founder, executive director, and language arts teacher at the highly acclaimed Ron Clark Academy, an innovative middle school and educator training facility in South Atlanta. Kim was recently honored at the White House for being named to the National Teachers Hall of Fame. She was selected from over 70,000 nominations to be honored as the Disney American…

Dr. Dan Sims Named Associate Superintendent of Schools

During the May Board meeting with the Atlanta Board of Education, Dr. Dan A. Sims was approved as an Associate Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Sims officially began his new role on July 1. Here he will directly support and lead all high school principals and associated leaders as they push for excellence in student achievement. This will include leading a…

The 4 ‘S’s of Kid’s Eyeglasses

Summer vacation is coming to an end. Back-to-school to-do lists are beginning. An eye exam for every school-aged child should be on the list.

What to Expect

Young children starting new care or learning experiences often struggle during the start of a new school year. Below are a few tips to best support your family, the community of educators and your child during the transition to a new school.

Kamil Uncovered

Kamil McFadden is not your average 19 year 
 old. While other guys around his age are just beginning to figure out what they want to do in life, Kamil is already successfully working in his career and is planning his next one. Kamil McFadden stars as Ernie Cooper in the Disney Channel hit show, K.C. Undercover, currently airing its…

How to Master Back to School Cool

They’ve already group chatted about the new school year. They are excited about making new friends and seeing old ones. You want to make sure they feel confident in their skin when they finally look up from their devices to make eye contact with you or anyone else. Summer is closing and it’s time to refocus all energy on education,…

Wolf Creek Elementary From the Ground Up

Dionne Glass is a visionary school leader devoted to creating a positive school culture and climate that embodies high expectations, rigor, and active engagement for students. Glass is a highly skilled, student-focused instructional leader committed to creating success for all school stakeholders. She is a responsible professional with exceptional communication skills and a proven history of intentional efforts to build…