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Newtown Park registering for spring youth sports

Newtown Park registering for spring youth sports

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Newtown Recreation will hold registration for its spring youth sports through Jan. 31.

Featured programs include soccer, baseball, lacrosse, tennis and girls running. Children ages 3 and 4 can also take part in T-ball and soccer instructionals.

Learn more, including how to sign up, at newtownrec.com. Fees may apply for non-Johns Creek residents.

Donate to Toys for Tots

Donate to Toys for Tots

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- The city of Johns Creek is making it easy for residents to donate to Toys for Tots.

Five drop-off locations throughout the city are accepting donations through Friday, Dec. 14.

"With the economy still struggling, many families are cutting back on their gifts," Johns Creek Fire Marshal Chad McGiboney said in a statement. "Johns Creek residents are generous, big-hearted people. We're hoping that people will step up and we'll see more happy kids on Christmas Day. Just a single toy might help a child feel he or she isn't forgotten."

Toys for Tots collection locations include:

* City Hall
* Fire Station No. 61, 10265 Medlock Bridge Parkway
* Fire Station No. 62, 10925 Rogers Circle
* Fire Station No. 63, 3165 Old Alabama Road
* Park Place, 3150 Old Alabama Road

Dolvin ES parent volunteers encourage reading

Dolvin ES parent volunteers encourage reading

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- The wonderful parent volunteers at Dolvin Elementary School in Johns Creek are doing their part to make books more accessible to students.

An army of volunteers has descended on the school to place special labels on all the books in the Dolvin media center. Stickers include Lexile Reading labels, which help match young readers with books that are appropriate for their age levels.

The parents hope their hard work in the media center will help their children understand the importance of reading.

radKIDS classes return in 2013

radKIDS classes return in 2013

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- radKIDS, a popular safety empowerment class designed for children, will return to Johns Creek in January.

The classes are sponsored by the Johns Creek Police Department Community Services Division and are open to children ages 5-7.

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Interested families are encouraged to sign up soon, as classes are limited to 10 students. The cost is $25 per child.

radKIDS applications are available at the police department's headquarters.

Classes will be held Jan. 14-18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. To learn more, call 678-464-1587.

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

ATLANTA -- Georgia children in Pre-K through 5th grade can now color their way to a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

In honor of College Savings Month, the statewide college savings program is hosting a coloring contest with a $1,529 scholarship at stake.

To win the money, children must color a picture of Hootie the Wise Old Owl and complete a sentence: When I graduate, I'm going to be a ________.

Download the picture of Hootie here.

Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30 and must be received no later than Oct. 5. More information about the contest can be found at path2college529.com.

A winner will be randomly chosen in mid-October.

Tips for Kindergarten Parents

Tips for Kindergarten Parents

Where did the time go? Wasn't it yesterday that you brought the baby home from the hospital? It's back to school time again and for those sending a child to kindergarten, it can be quite emotional... for parents anyway. Kindergarten is a special time and you'll begin seeing pay off on your hard work over the past 5 years. For most this will be the first full school day, the first year to ride the school bus, the first year to have homework, and the first year when peer influences begin to play a role.

Tools 4 School

Tools 4 School

ATLANTA -- Can you believe it’s just a few short weeks before the school bus will be rounding the block again?

Act Together Ministries needs your help to collect school supplies for children in need in five north metro counties: Forsyth, N Fulton, Cobb, Cherokee, and Gwinnett. With your help, we will set up our 4th annual school supply “store” that allows children the opportunity to shop for their own school supplies. The children love picking out their favorite color backpack, selecting pencils with a preferred cartoon character, and getting the exact items listed on their school supply list. Parents in our program contribute $5 toward the event so that they have the honor of taking ownership. No one wants to wait in a hand out line and be labeled “Needy.” In addition to receiving school supplies, the children get haircuts, medical/dental screening, lunch, and enjoy crafts, games and other fun activities.