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The Golden Soldiers' Big Day Out

You may have seen on Atlanta & Company, the interview with Lindsey Turner about Golden Soldiers. Join Conn as he goes out to find out more about THE BIG DAY OUT. Ever hear of the golden rule? Check out this clip about a man who turned the golden rule into a way to truly help the community. Watch how much fun it is! The Golden Soldiers non-profit organization honors children and families with special needs. See what Atlanta's own, Lindsey Turner, the founder has created. It certainly will touch your heart.

Cissy Houston to pen book about daughter Whitney

Cissy Houston to pen book about daughter Whitney

NEW YORK -- Whitney Houston's triumphant, heartbreaking life is being remembered in a book by her mother.

Singer Cissy Houston has a deal with HarperCollins for a memoir it says will reveal the "unabridged and unbelievable story" of her Grammy Award-winning daughter, who died in a Beverly Hills, Calif., hotel bathtub in February at age 48.

HarperCollins announced Monday the currently untitled book is scheduled to come out next February.

Financial terms haven't been disclosed. But a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., where Whitney Houston sang as a child.

HarperCollins says Cissy Houston will write about her daughter's drug problems and her marriage to Bobby Brown and will reflect on her own grief.

Fulton County Schools celebrates Professionals of the Year

Fulton County Schools celebrates Professionals of the Year

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County School System has recognized two behind-the-scenes professionals who make every school day run smoothly.

The 2012-2013 Professional and Support Professional of the Year include a technology specialist and a bus driver, both of whom brighten students' school days with their kindness and expertise.

Fulton County's two winners will be celebrated with their fellow honorees at a special luncheon in the fall.

James Stewart
School Professional of the Year

Stewart has been with Fulton County Schools for 23 years and became a technology specialist when the position was first introduced. He has filled several roles since then, but never forgot his original love, and returned to the job of technology specialist in 2011.

At Roswell's Esther Jackson Elementary, Stewart keeps classroom technology working and accessible for students -- and spreads a little magic on a daily basis.

Chesley McNeil visits Barnwell ES

Chesley McNeil visits Barnwell ES

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- The fourth grade students at Barnwell Elementary School in Johns Creek found out that, rain or shine, the topic of weather is always interesting.

In conjunction with the students' study of meteorology, weather stations, predictions and forecasts, 11Alive morning meteorologist Chesley McNeil visited the school on Tuesday, where he presented a Web-based program about the weather.

MORE | Read Chesley's weather musings on the 11Alive weather blog

Then, Chesley and the students moved outside for a live broadcast of the noon news in the beautiful Barnwell courtyard.

The gorgeous weather was only matched by the bright smiles from the Barnwell Elementary fourth graders.

(Thanks to Debra Leeson for the story and picture!)

School board announces May community meetings

School board announces May community meetings

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each member of the Fulton County Board of Education sponsors a monthly meeting open to all members of the community.

The sessions provide an opportunity for direct contact with community members and give board members a chance to listen to local issues and concerns.

Board members have set the following meeting dates for May:

District 1 (Linda Schultz)
Monday, May 14 at 9:30 a.m.
Crabapple Middle (10700 Crabapple Road, Roswell)

District 2 (Katie Reeves)
Friday, May 11 at 9:30 a.m.
Summit Hill Elementary (13855 Providence Road, Milton)

District 3 (Gail Dean)
Thursday, May 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Heards Ferry Elementary (1050 Heards Ferry Road, Sandy Springs)

District 4 (Linda Bryant)
Monday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Campbell Elementary (91 Elder Street, Fairburn)

9 more Fulton students named National Merit Scholars

9 more Fulton students named National Merit Scholars

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nine more North Fulton County high school seniors have been named 2012 National Merit Scholars, joining 12 of their peers in earning one of the nation's most prestigious titles for high school students.

The National Merit Scholarship comes with $2,500 for college-bound students to use at the schools of their choice.

To qualify for the honor, a student must earn an exceptionally high score on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. They must also be endorsed by their principals, perform well in the classroom and confirm their PSAT scores by earning similar high scores on the SAT.

The nine most recent winners from Fulton County include:

Alpharetta High School
Nathan S. Corbin
Alexandra Edquist
Ananth Punyala

Tri-Cities HS principal named Fulton 'Principal of the Year'

Tri-Cities HS principal named Fulton 'Principal of the Year'

EAST POINT, Ga. -- The first-ever Fulton County Principal of the Year honor has been bestowed upon Dan Sims of Tri-Cities High School.

Sims was chosen from nearly 100 principals for the title and says he is humbled by it.

"We do it for the kids," he said during the school system's latest meeting of principals and central office administrators, upon learning he'd won. "At the end of the day, it's all about the children and what we can do to help them achieve and create a better world. This is an award not only for me, but also for Tri-Cities High School."

An East Point native, Sims began his academic career as a math teacher. He has worked at Tri-Cities High and Paul D. West Middle School as both a teacher and an administrator. He holds B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from Georgia State University and is currently working on his doctoral degree. Sims is also a proud cancer survivor.