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YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

ATLANTA -- The YMCA of Metro Atlanta kicked off a campaign on Tuesday that will connect families in need with scholarships, allowing them to participate in YMCA programs. 

The campaign, Why It Matters takes place once a year. For 2013, board members Charlie Yates, Jr. and Carol Cookerly will co-chair the campaign as it works towards raising $2.7 million. 

"The Y has always had an annual campaign that helped meet the need for financial assistance," Cookerly said. "But, this marks the first year we are pulling together our 23 local Ys and launching a system-wide brand and effort to secure the funds we need to continue to play a pivotal role in Atlanta by helping individuals, especially children, reach their greatest potential."

Gas South, community partners give gift of circus fun to 425 children

Gas South, community partners give gift of circus fun to 425 children

ATLANTA -- Gas South, along with some other community partners will take 425 kids with special needs and their families to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Circus.

As reported by a spokeswoman for Gas South, the company is teaming with the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association, the Georgia Municipal Association and Feld Entertainment to make the night of circus fun happen. The 425 children and families will get free admission to the circus, the DRAGONS and Magical Journey, as well as a private pre-show where the children can interact with the circus animals and performers on the arena floor. 

The shows are set for February 15 at Philips Arena and February 22 at the Gwinnett Center. There will be special access for wheelchairs, along with other mobility devices as needed. 

Quest College Fair coming to west Cobb

Quest College Fair coming to west Cobb

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A college fair created especially for students in west Cobb County will be held later this month.

Nearly 100 colleges and universities are scheduled to participate in this year's Quest College Fair, which will be Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at North Cobb High School.

Several workshop sessions will also be held during the fair, including one for students who are interested in pursuing athletic scholarships, one for those who want to attend military academies and one that teaches students how to obtain financial aid.

North Cobb High School is located at 3400 Old U.S. Highway 41 in Kennesaw.

The Quest College Fair is for students at Allatoona, Harrison, Hillgrove, Kennesaw Mountain, McEachern and North Cobb high schools.

Book Blast at Town Center at Cobb with celebrity readers

Book Blast at Town Center at Cobb with celebrity readers

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The Simon Kidgits Club at Town Center at Cobb is bringing children’s literacy to the forefront during a fun and engaging adventure perfect for the whole family. Local celebrities—including Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews and a member of the Cobb County Police Department—will be on hand to read some of our favorite children’s books.

Town Center at Cobb is located at 400 Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw. Book Blast will take place from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, February 2 on the upper level of the mall near jcpenney. For more information, visit www.towncenteratcobb.com

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

ATLANTA -- Chick-fil-A's wildly popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night will return in February.

More than 100 Atlanta- and Athens-area Chick-fil-A restaurants will host the event on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Every couple in attendance will receive an activity sheet with conversation topics and a booklet called "Continuing the Conversation," which gives the dads and daughters suggestions for getting to know each other better.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we serve," Chick-fil-A area marketing director Robin Lomax said in a statement. "We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage dads to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their daughters' company over a meal and have fun."

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

ATLANTA -- More than 200 metro Atlanta middle school students attended a peace rally and workshop hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. over the weekend.

The rally was a kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, which begins Monday. 40 Days of Peace is a commitment to kindness and service that encourages young people to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Saturday's rally, speakers encouraged attendees to stop bullying and stay out of gangs. Police officers gave a presentation on how to interact with law enforcement.

A concurrent workshop for the parents in attendance focused on implementing strategies to keep children safe and on the right track in life.

Former NFL star to hold football clinic

Former NFL star to hold football clinic

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A former NFL running back will hold a football clinic in Kennesaw this summer.

LaDainian Tomlinson, president of the LT Preparatory Academy, will bring his Elite Football Performance Clinic to Kennesaw Mountain High School in July.

The clinic is open to boys and girls in grades 1-11. Elementary school students will focus on teaching, technique, speed and agility, while budding athletes in middle and high school will work on drills and will receive information on playing sports in college and beyond.