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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.

AKA holding peace rally for middle school students

AKA holding peace rally for middle school students

ATLANTA -- Members of metro Atlanta's chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will hold a peace rally and workshop for middle school students over the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Ivy Community Center in southwest Atlanta. It is part of the 40 Days of Peace project, which aims to spread service and kindness through the country.

The peace rally and workshop will aim to teach young people about Dr. King's mission, and to raise awareness of crime and crime prevention strategies. Law enforcement members will also give an interactive presentation to encourage children to stamp out gangs and bullying.

Middle school students from several metro Atlanta counties -- Cobb, Cherokee, Clayton, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale -- are expected to participate.

'Elf on the Shelf' dinner coming to Gwinnett

'Elf on the Shelf' dinner coming to Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The popular "The Elf on the Shelf" franchise is the inspiration for an upcoming family event in Lawrenceville.

An "Elf on the Shelf" dinner and dance will be held at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse at 6 p.m. on Dec. 7.

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Kids can eat dinner, dance and enjoy a visit from the Big Elf. Admission is $9, which includes dinner and dessert, music, a child-friendly craft and a souvenir photo with Santa.

This event is appropriate for children ages 3 and up. All kids must be accompanied by adults.

For more information, visit visitlawrenceville.com.

Children's holiday productions come to Aurora Theatre

Children's holiday productions come to Aurora Theatre

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Every December, Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville assembles some of the best children's performers in the area for series of family Christmas shows.

This year's Aurora Children's Playhouse productions will be held at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on the three Saturdays before Christmas.

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On Dec. 8, Wendy Bennett and her big green puppet will delight young audiences with songs and stories about the holiday spirit. There will be plenty of opportunities for audience participation during Sing Along with Santa, so children are encouraged to come ready to be part of the show.

Belk santafest to spread holiday cheer

Belk santafest to spread holiday cheer

ATLANTA -- Belk department stores will host their first-ever santafest holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 1.

All santafests will be held from noon to 3 p.m.

Highlights include crafts, family-friend activities, Christmas treats and, of course, the chance to meet Santa Claus. Participants can enter a drawing to win a $50 kids wardrobe; three winners will be chosen from each Belk store.

Visit belk.com for more information and to find your nearest store.

Britt ES wins first Family-Friendly Partnership School Award

Britt ES wins first Family-Friendly Partnership School Award

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Three Georgia schools have been selected as the first-ever recipients of the Georgia Department of Education's Family-Friendly Partnership School Award.

W.C. Britt Elementary School in Snellville is the only metro Atlanta school to win the honor. The other two schools -- Morningside Elementary and Miller Elementary -- are in Houston County, south of Macon.

The Family-Friendly Partnership School Award is awarded to schools that offer exceptional customer service for Georgia families. They have easy-to-navigate websites, welcoming staff members, comfortable waiting areas, clear signage and engaging student work throughout their buildings.

Swimming class to host tribute to veterans

Swimming class to host tribute to veterans

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The young synchronized swimmers at Collins Hill Park Aquatic Center are getting ready to host their fourth annual performance for veterans and military families.

The patriotic show will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.

The synchronized swimming group is made up of girls ages 8-14 who love to swim and are interested in honing their water skills in a creative way. Their Nov. 3 show is free and will be followed by a short reception.

For more information, visit gwinnettparks.com. Collins Hill Park is located at 2200 Collins Hill Road in Lawrenceville.