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Team DeKalb Returns to “March for Babies”

Team DeKalb Returns to “March for Babies”

DECATUR – (DeKalb County) DeKalb County Government will join metro-Atlanta citizens and businesses to support the March of Dimes March for Babies on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at the Georgia World Congress Center.  Additionally, Team DeKalb is hosting its first ever “Employee Only” basketball tournament in support of fundraising efforts on Saturday, March 12, 2011, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., at Redan Recreation Center, located at 1839 Phillips Road in Lithonia. 

DeKalb County has been a supporter of March for Babies for nine years, raising more than $89,033.31.  Final numbers from last year’s efforts showed that Team DeKalb raised $26,616.61.  Additional efforts from our partners, DeKalb County School System and the DeKalb Medical Center, helped increase our final 2010 results.  According to the Atlanta March of Dimes Office, DeKalb County was ranked 10th for the top team raising money. 

County Commissioner Gives "The State of Black Dekalb" Speech

County Commissioner Gives "The State of Black Dekalb" Speech

Dekalb County, GA--  (submitted by Dekalb Communications)

In recognition of Black History Month, DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson is pleased to present to the citizens of DeKalb County the “State of Black DeKalb” - How Far Have We Come?  The event will feature a series of panel guests in a discussion to share insight on issues that impact critical quality of life issues.

Topics covered in the “State of Black DeKalb” include:

  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Community Partnerships and Resources
  • Political Aspects
  • Faith-Based Community
  • Future of DeKalb

Interim Superintendant to hold DeKalb County's State of the System

Interim Superintendant to hold DeKalb County's State of the System

DECATUR – (DeKalb County School System) DeKalb County School System’s Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson will present the annual DeKalb Schools’ State of the System Address on Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Holiday Inn – Atlanta Perimeter, 4386 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30341.

Mrs. Tyson will be discussing the state of DeKalb County School System as well as future plans for the School District.

Refreshments will be available at 7:30 a.m. The annual program and Mrs. Tyson’s address will begin at 8:00 a.m. The event is free but registration and an RSVP is mandatory. For more information and to register please visit: http://dekalbsos.eventbrite.com/.

For more information and updates about the DeKalb County School System, please visit www.dekalb.k12.ga.us

Ousley United Methodist Church of Lithonia Shares the Gift of Survival during Black History Month

Ousley United Methodist Church of Lithonia Shares the Gift of Survival during Black History Month

Lithonia, GA--  (submitted by Ousley UMC)

Black History Month 2011 takes on special meaning this year, as Ousley United Methodist Church honors the notable achievements of Black people and their contributions to every sphere of life from science and the arts to politics and religion. The theme for this year’s celebration is “How We Got Over: Educating, Encouraging and Empowering for Change”

Committee Chair, Mrs. Loydia Webber, explains, “In spite of the oppression we have experienced historically, Black people have not only survived, but thrived. Our faith in God gave us the gift of survival and the strength for living that has not only sustained us through it all, but equipped us to get over, in good times, but especially in bad.”

It is this gift of survival and the strength for living that is the focus of Ousley’s commemoration of Black History Month 2011.

Parents Speak Up About Bullying in Dekalb's Schools

Parents Speak Up About Bullying in Dekalb's Schools

Dekalb County, GA--  (submitted by Latasha Walker)

Parents, Students and Community Activists will unite not only to commemorate  the death of Jaheem Herrera but to also come together on the last day of Bullying Awareness Month in DeKalb County Schools. The press conference will convene at the site where Jaheem Herrera was bullied within the DeKalb County School System at 1:00 PM, MONDAY, JANUARY 31st AT DUNAIRE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 651 SOUTH  INDIAN CREEK DRIVE, STONE MOUNTAIN, GEORGIA.

DeKalb County Commission to Vote on Recreation Center Closures

DeKalb County Commission to Vote on Recreation Center Closures

In an effort to balance the county’s budget, the DeKalb County Parks and Recreation Department has proposed that the Board of Commission close five of the counties recreation centers. The centers proposed for closure are:

  • The Tobie Grant Recreation Center located at 644 Parkdale Drive in Scottdale.
  • The Briarwood Recreation Center located at 2235 Briarwood Way in East Atlanta.
  • The NH Scott Recreation Center located at 2230 Tilson Road in Decatur.
  • The Mason Mill Recreation Center located at 1340 Mcconnell Drive in Decatur.
  • The Lucious Sanders Recreation Center located at 2484 Bruce Street in Lithonia.

However, until the commission actually votes on these proposed closures, the centers will continue to operate, as usual. These closings were proposed along with a tax increase of $2.32 million.

KIDDS Dance Project Celebrates Pepsi Refresh Project Grant & Grand Opening

KIDDS Dance Project Celebrates Pepsi Refresh Project Grant & Grand Opening

Lithonia, GA--  The Pepsi Refresh Project is pleased to announce a new event in the Atlanta area.  On Saturday, the KIDDS Center for Youth Development and Performing Arts is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by an Open House where attendees can tour the new facility.

Through the use of its $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Project Grant, which they won back in April, the KIDDS Dance Project was able to fund a new place where local and underserved youth could participate in recreational and cultural activities and learn character building skills through the performing arts. 

The new facility will also offer an after school program for elementary and middle school children to receive academic tutoring and access to computers.