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Acworth teen inspires 'Strength in Stilettos'

Acworth teen inspires 'Strength in Stilettos'

ACWORTH - When Nina Brante was about 5years old, her mother learned something interesting about her.

"I think it goes back to her kindergarten teacher," said Sheri Brante, Nina's mom. "She said, 'Nina has one of the highest emotional IQs of anyone in the class.'"

Nina, who is now 17, has proven her kindergarten teacher pegged her right as a kind, goodhearted soul who believes in doing things for others.

Two years ago, she help found Strength in Stilettos, an organization dedicated to empowering teens girls through not only helping them purchase affordable prom dresses, but by providing college scholarships to deserving girls who show academic promise.

Strength in Stilettos collected more than 400 formal dresses and sold them at a huge consignment sale, in which the sellers made money on what they sold.

Smoothie King raising money for Bert's Big Adventure

Smoothie King raising money for Bert's Big Adventure

ATLANTA -- Smoothie King locations across metro Atlanta are spending the entire month of June raising money for Bert's Big Adventure.

PHOTOS | Bert's Big Adventure 2012

Customers who give $1 to the non-profit will receive a $2 "bounce back" coupon from Smoothie King.

The goal is to raise at least $5,000 by the end of the month.

Bert's Big Adventure, which was founded by Bert Weiss of Q100's "The Bert Show," sends children with chronic and terminal illnesses on an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World.

Metro Atlanta has a number of Smoothie King shops:

* 12280 Houze Road
* 5530 Windward Parkway, Suite 320

* 1591 South Lumpkin Street
* 2361 West Broad Street

Johnston Elementary Teacher Wins Monthly Pizza Party

Johnston Elementary Teacher Wins Monthly Pizza Party

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Ms. Polly Hines, a kindergarten teacher at Johnston Elementary School, is retiring on a natural pizza high.  Ms. Hines's kindergarten class didn't win a free pizza party just once or twice, but every single month during the school year!  Ms. Hines retired at the end of this school year after many years of service to the students in Cherokee County. Stevi B's presented Ms. Hines with a card for Free Pizza for a Year as a special thank you and retirement gift. 

Copeland's Hosts Bells Ferry Elementary Teacher/Staff Appreciation

Copeland's Hosts Bells Ferry Elementary Teacher/Staff Appreciation

In honor of the recent Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, Copeland's Restaurants of New Orleans-Atlanta, provided a catered lunch for the beloved teachers and staff memebers at Bells Ferry Elementary School in Marietta. 

This is luncheon was part of an ongoing effort by Copeland's to help support it's community in any way possible. The sponsorship also includes gift certificates for children who make good grades, PTA luncheons and gift certificates and constant teacher support for Bells Ferry Elementary. 

Copeland's is open for lunch and dinner everyday, as well as a Live Jazz Brunch Buffett every Sunday from 10am-3pm. They will also have a special Father's Day Brunch and Dinner Buffett on June 17th starting at 9am! 

For more information please visit www.CopelandsAtlanta.com


Stevi B's Ultimate Pizza Buffet Nominated for Partner in Education Award

Stevi B's Ultimate Pizza Buffet Nominated for Partner in Education Award

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Stevi B's Ultimate Pizza Buffet was recognized by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce at their annual Partners in Education Breakfast on May 3rd.  The Partners in Education program pairs local businesses in the community with local Cherokee County schools.  Stevi B's has two Cherokee County locations and both were nominated as Partner of the Year for all the support they give their partner schools.

2012 Free Summer Activities for Kids in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Here is a list of free summer activities for kids and families throughout the Atlanta area. There are plenty of free activities to keep your little ones busy: VBS, movies in the park, educational events, crafts, splash parks and more.

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Many churches around Atlanta offer VBS free of charge. Some even include a free meal each day. Sign up fast because spots go quickly. The children will enjoy fun, games, and crafts while learning about Jesus. If any of these churches are charging for VBS, please let us know.

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'Give Burns the Boot' fundraiser returns

'Give Burns the Boot' fundraiser returns

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County firefighters will soon be out in the community, boots in hand.

The annual Give Burns the Boot fundraising drive begins Friday and continues for the first three Fridays in May.

Money donated goes to the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, which works to educate the public in burn awareness and prevention, and supports two burn centers in Georgia.

Some of the funds will also support Camp Oo-U-La, Georgia's only camp held exclusively for burn-injured children. In 2011, 94 children attended the camp, which is funded entirely by the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.

Be sure to look around the community for your friendly local firefighters on May 4, 11 and 18.