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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Hosea Feed the Hungry & Homeless Thanksgiving Dinner Event #HoseaFeeds

Today we helped feed thousands of people at the annual Hosea Feed the Hungry & Homeless (HFTH) Thanksgiving Dinner Event – the nation’s largest sit-down dinner for the homeless and hungry. Nothing heals the soul more than being of service to those who need it most.

Lear more about this HFTH: 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving From Our Village To Yours!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Healthy Doses of Challenge: How Summer Camp Develops Essential Lifelong Antibodies @camprockmont

Guest Blog Post by Shawn at Camp Rockmont

I must share with you that I have been exposed to a number of illnesses and diseases in my lifetime. Chickenpox, Diphtheria, Hepatitis, the Flu, Measles, and Mumps, to name some of the big ones. Then there’s Tetanus, over and over again. These have all been in my body. And they have very likely been in yours, too!

After all, that’s exactly what you receive in a vaccination. Your body is introduced to a very small dose of the disease-causing antigen. This is good because it is small enough for your immune system to develop antibodies to overcome that small dose and continue to develop more antibodies for the day that you might encounter a larger amount of antigens. This process builds your immune system.

If you are like me, receiving shots – no matter how good they are for you – is nowhere on my list of things that I enjoy. They do hurt, after all!

And yet, many parents find it worthwhile to vaccinate their children. They even take their babies back to the doctor for a variety of immunizations until the child is 6 years old. The infant or preschooler cries out as the shot is delivered, but the parent allows it. Many believe the vaccination is good for the child. Even more, they are convinced it is necessary.

Summer camp is also a type of vaccination, according to American Camp Association Board member Steve Baskin. Mr. Baskin explains that campers receive one developmental shot after another when they are camp. This is good and necessary. Homesickness is the perfect example. When a camper wrestles with homesickness in the camp setting, our staff view this as an opportunity rather than some devastating condition. They move right toward the camper, not to eliminate the homesickness, but to help him learn to cope with the very real things that he is feeling. The camper is developing antibodies, so to speak.

For more information about Camp Rockmont, please visit:

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Disney in Atlanta: On The Road To Disney Parks #OnTheRoadToDisneyParks

Last weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Disney Sports “On The Road To Disney Parks” in Atlanta! I was thrilled to attend a dinner reception and learn more from youth sports experts and sports celebrities, including Warrick Dunn about youth sports travel. I also had the opportunity to learn more about the running-related vacations and growing popularity of the runDisney race series.  

Learn more about runDisney here:

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Peter Pan & Wendy

Join us for some holiday magic!

Peter Pan & Wendy
by Alyn Cardarelli and Steve Goers
based on the classic Peter Pan story
December 6-29, 2013 at 14th Street Playhouse

In this musical, Peter Pan's not the only one who won't grow up. Wendy's having trouble coming to terms with moving out of her childhood room and putting on adult clothes. She wants to play! Wendy's life gets sprinkled with a little pixie dust when the daring Peter Pan comes along to whisk her away to the magical island of Neverland where children never grow up. With the help of Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily, mermaids, and a rather dedicated crocodile, Peter and Wendy battle the dreaded, but extremely funny pirate, Captain Hook! In this swashbuckling adventure, which includes opportunities for audience participation, our heroes must decide if growing up is really all that bad after all. Best for ages 4+.

More information at

Visit the show's Pinterest page to see some of our designers' and director's inspirations for the production:

Directed by Justin Anderson
Musical Direction by Ann-Carol Pence
Choreography by Becca Potter

Friday, November 15, 2013

SCAD Buzz Bus to surprise KIPP Strive Primary School this Friday!

ATLANTA, Georgia — The SCAD Buzz Bus will bring a large donation of new and gently used art supplies to students at KIPP Strive Primary School at 2 p.m., Friday. Nov. 15.

SCAD staff, students and Art the Bee will surprise the school’s art teacher, Eric Mack, with new supplies provided by Follett and gently used art supplies from SCAD’s summer program ranging from paint brushes and craft supplies to construction paper and colored pencils. The donation will take place in honor of America Recycles Day, a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S.

SCAD student ambassadors will visit each classroom to hand-deliver appreciation gifts to each teacher for being a great leader in the classroom. Students will also discuss the importance of showing love for the community through recycling, classroom leadership and creative careers. Each classroom will also contribute to a collaborative artwork inspired by reusing scrap paper, newspapers and print materials to create a coiled collage showcasing the theme of “love and lead.”

The Buzz Bus program, which SCAD President Paula Wallace established in 2010, has positively impacted nearly 6,000 children since its inception. The SCAD Buzz Bus makes surprise visits to local elementary and middle schools and other youth-centered organizations to promote art education through one-on-one student workshops, book readings, musical performances and art-supply donations.

SCAD: The University for Creative Careers
The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor's and master's degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors. Visit 

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Free Live Webinar Today: Educating African American Mothers on the Importance of Newborn Screening

Educating African American Mothers on the Importance of Newborn Screening

Wed, Nov 13, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

According to the 2011 Commonwealth Fund’s Child Health Scorecard, Georgia is ranked 43rd for child health among the states and the District of Columbia. Regarding genetic disorders, birth defects, and developmental disabilities, many disparities exist and infant mortality is high. The combination of education and resources to families and promoting clinical linkages, particularly for African American communities, is of critical importance to ensure that babies and toddlers have the best start at life.

On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, the Table for Two Foundation will share insights learned from the development of culturally appropriate educational materials on newborn screening (NBS) for African American mothers and families. Presenters will share lessons learned, key findings, barriers to engagement, and recommendations for dissemination and educational opportunities for minority audiences.


Monica L. Ponder, MS, MSPH
Health Communicator/Community Advocate
Co-Founder, Table for Two Foundation

Sojourner Marable Grimmett, MA
Mommy Blogger/Community Advocate
Co-Founder, Table for Two Foundation

Karla Scipio, RN, BSN
Clinical Nurse Educator/Program Manager
Table for Two Foundation

To register, visit:

Monday, November 11, 2013

KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools Opportunity Fair! #KIPP


KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools is actively searching for teachers to join their team and family in the 2014-15 school year.   

There are currently seven KIPP schools in Metro Atlanta including four middle schools, one high school, and two elementary schools.  KIPP will be opening their third elementary school in July 2014.  KIPP has positions available in every content area and grade level for the 2014-15 school year.  This month KIPP staff are hosting their very first K-12 Opportunity Fair and would love for you to attend.  

K-12 Opportunity Fair
Saturday, November 23

KIPP Atlanta Collegiate from 10:00-2:00 p.m

Interested teachers with at least two years of lead teaching experience will have the opportunity to learn more about KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools and interview to teach in the 2014-15 school year.  
Those interested in learning more about KIPP's Teacher Fellows program may attend an information session with the Director of Teacher Fellows, Dr. Kelly Gunn.  

To participate, RSVP by November 18th by submitting your name and resume.   

To RSVP, click here.    

Please forward this post to other teachers who may be interested in learning more about KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools.   

Saturday, November 09, 2013

McCafé “Winter Wonderland” Contest @McDonaldsATL #McCafe

Baby, it's getting cold outside! This fall, McDonald’s  introduced the new McCafé Pumpkin Spice Latte, which is a blend of freshly brewed 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified espresso and creamy steamed milk combined with aromatic warm spices and flavors of pumpkin pie. If that description doesn't sound delicious, then I don't know what else does. McCafé Pumpkin Spice Latte joins the McCafé existing line of premium and affordable Lattes including Caramel, French Vanilla, Sugar-Free French Vanilla and Hazelnut. 

Beginning Nov. 11 through Nov.  22, @McCafe followers will have the opportunity to vote for one of ten cities they think deserves a “winter wonderland.” Along with the McCafé Pumpkin Spice Latte the McCafé White Chocolate Mocha will be joining the menu this holiday season. McCafé will offer residents of the winning city a “winter wonderland” experience they’ve never had, complete with snowflakes, comforting McCafé White Chocolate Mochas and more – offering a magical moment of escape during the busy holiday season. 

Fans can vote for San Diego, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Austin, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Tampa, Miami or Atlanta on Twitter using #MomentsOfWonder to give these warm weather cities the chance to cool down and experience the joys of winter. The winning city will be selected based on the number of votes from fans and followers using the hashtag #MomentsOfWonder. The city that receives the most votes will receive the winter wonderland experience courtesy of McCafé and White Chocolate Mocha.  

The winning city will be announced on @McCafe on December 2.


Thursday, November 07, 2013

Junior League of Atlanta Community Organizing Training Session with Monica Lindsey Ponder and Sojourner Marable Grimmett

Last week, Monica Lindsey Ponder and I had the opportunity to speak to Junior League of Atlanta members about Community Organizing. 

Check out some pictures below from the event. Photos courtesy of Chanda M. Scott.