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Hiram Christmas tree to be lit Friday

Hiram Christmas tree to be lit Friday

HIRAM, Ga. -- Come out to Olde Town Hiram on Friday, Nov. 30 for the 7th annual lighting of the Christmas tree.

The fun begins at 6 p.m. with live music from Contagious, the Nebo Elementary School Chorus and the New Unity Christian Fellowship Praise Group.

Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive at 6:15 p.m.; children are more than welcome to take pictures with him in his workshop.

Downtown businesses will be open during the festivities, giving attendees an opportunity to complete their holiday shopping while they celebrate.

For more information about the Christmas tree lighting, visit cityofhiramga.gov.

50 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up' to promote tolerance

50 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up' to promote tolerance

ATLANTA -- Fifty schools in Georgia were represented at this year's Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

The event, which is part of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project, encourages children to step outside their comfort zones and sit with someone new at lunch.

"When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common," Teaching Tolerance director Maureen Costello said in a statement. "Mix It Up is a positive step that can help create schools where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group."

Nearly 3,000 schools across the country took part in Mix It Up at Lunch Day on Oct. 30.

Participating Georgia schools include:

Atlanta
Galloway School
North Atlanta HS
School of Health Sciences and Research at Carver

Bibb County
Stratford Academy

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

ATLANTA -- Georgia students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The awards program began searching for its next batch of honorees this week. Recipients of the award are young people who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

"We have been recognizing youth volunteers since 1995 and still, every year, we're amazed by the stories of exemplary community service," Prudential chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said in a statement. "We look forward to honoring the top youth volunteers of 2013 for their selflessness, their initiative and their dedication to changing communities for the better."

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

ATLANTA -- Enjoy a cool treat and help kids in need at the same time on Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat Day.

On Thursday, June 26, the fast food chain will donate one dollar from every Blizzard Treat sold to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which provides funding for 170 children's hospitals in North America.

Learn more at miracletreatday.com.

Children of Conservation Offers Dinner & A Cause Cards Starting June 1

Children of Conservation Offers Dinner & A Cause Cards Starting June 1

Children of Conservation is once again giving Atlanta residents the opportunity to save at some of the city’s top restaurants while also supporting an important cause. The non-profit organization known for providing an otherwise unavailable education to children of wildlife sanctuary workers in Africa is teaming up with over 85 local restaurants in all areas of Atlanta for its second annual Dinner & A Cause Card fundraiser.

W.C. Abney ES wins $1,000 from 11Alive

DALLAS, Ga. -- 11Alive presented its fifth and final $1,000 check to W.C. Abney Elementary School in Dallas Friday morning.

The school won the grant by being among the five schools to receive the most votes from the public in the Education Nation Facebook contest.

"Love that bus!" students chanted as the NBC Education Nation bus rolled up to the school.

Principal Jason Gregaydis and the school's eagle mascot were on hand to receive the oversize check from 11Alive's Donna Lowry.

The NBC News Education Nation teacher town hall will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. It will be televised on 11Alive.

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

ATLANTA -- All of the Chick-fil-A restaurants in metro Atlanta will host a special mother-son Date Knight on Saturday, Apr. 28.

The Date Knight format will be similar to that of the franchise's massively popular Daddy-Daughter Date Nights. It will give mothers and sons a special chance to enjoy some quality time together.

The event will have a medieval theme, hence the "Knight" part of its title.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with," Robin Lomax, Chick-fil-A area marketing director, said in a statement. "We understand the importance of mother-son relationships and want to encourage local moms to come to Chick-fil-A, enjoy their sons' company over a meal and have fun."