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Volunteer cleanup efforts save thousands for DeKalb County

Volunteer cleanup efforts save thousands for DeKalb County

DECATUR, Ga. -- Keep DeKalb Beautiful volunteers helped save over $4,300 in labor costs for DeKalb County by working the Great American Cleanup. 

A DeKalb official said that some 70 volunteer groups helped this spring to clean more than 400 miles of space in DeKalb's neighborhoods. Together, they worked 197 hours and gathered almost 29,000 pounds of trash. 

To get involved, or to request resources in order to help complete community projects, contact Keep DeKalb Beautiful at (404) 371-2654.

11Alive helps Smart Lunch, Smart Kid

11Alive helps Smart Lunch, Smart Kid

ATLANTA -- 11Alive News employees rolled up their sleeves Wednesday morning and assembled 400 bagged lunches for children in need.

This is the second year 11Alive has helped Action Ministries' Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program.

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Smart Lunch, Smart Kid provides nutritious meals in the summertime for children who normally rely on free or reduced-price lunches during the school year.

WellCare and Gas South employees joined the 11Alive team in making sandwiches and putting together lunch bags. Each Smart Lunch, Smart Kid meal consists of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, chips, fruit snacks and a bottle of water.

Action Ministries hopes to feed at least 200,000 children across north Georgia through the 2013 Smart Lunch, Smart Kid outreach.

Random Acts of Kindness: Annette Fluker

Random Acts of Kindness: Annette Fluker

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- We like to end our morning show on a happy note! Today's Random Act of Kindness is for Annette Fluker from Stone Mountain. 

Annette is always busy doing things for others. For the past four years, she's been taking special care of her own mother, who is suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. 

In addition to working full-time, Annette is her mother's caregiver 24/7. Because she's always busy worrying about others, she rarely does anything for herself anymore. 

Thanks to a tip from her daughter Amanda, 11Alive was able to step in and provide a special gift.

Stan Watson hosts DeKalb Community Cabinet Breakfast

Stan Watson hosts DeKalb Community Cabinet Breakfast

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Commissioner Stan Watson's DeKalb Community Cabinet Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday at Chapel Hill Middle School.

The breakfast will run from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. For May, several guests are attending, including MARTA CEO and GM Keith Parker, Chief Cedric Alexander of the DCPD, Delores Crowell, Regional Manager of External Affairs for AT&T, and Debra Moss, Manager and Customer Relations of the Atlanta Gas Light Company. 

The Black Top Circus will also give a special performance. 

Chapel Hill Middle is located at 3535 Dogwood Farms Road in Decatur. 

Commissioner Watson holds the breakfasts to join officials and the community. The breakfast is free to attend and open to the public. 

DeKalb CEO, Board of Commissioners kick off National County Government Month

DECATUR, Ga – DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis announces DeKalb County will join the National Association of Counties (NACo), along with counties across America, in celebrating National County Government Month (NCGM) this April. The month-long celebration aims to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of county government. This year’s theme is “Smart Justice: Creating Safer Communities”.

Since 1991, NACo has encouraged counties across the country to actively promote county government programs and services. To commemorate NCGM, events geared toward citizens and employees will take place at venues around the county.

Stone Mountain resident wins S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award

Stone Mountain resident wins S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award

LITHONIA, Ga. -- A Lithonia Chick-fil-A employee is one of only 25 people nationwide to win the prestigious 2013 S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award.

The $1,000 scholarship is given annually to the top recipients of that year's Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship. The program, which was created by Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy in 1973, awards 1,600 scholarships to Chick-fil-A workers every year.

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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.