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Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

ATLANTA -- Chick-fil-A's wildly popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night will return in February.

More than 100 Atlanta- and Athens-area Chick-fil-A restaurants will host the event on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Every couple in attendance will receive an activity sheet with conversation topics and a booklet called "Continuing the Conversation," which gives the dads and daughters suggestions for getting to know each other better.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we serve," Chick-fil-A area marketing director Robin Lomax said in a statement. "We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage dads to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their daughters' company over a meal and have fun."

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.

Super Bowl champ donates to Hiram kids charity

Super Bowl champ donates to Hiram kids charity

HIRAM, Ga. -- Former Green Bay Packers wide receiver and Super Bowl champion Eric Matthews has donated toys and clothing to the Paulding County Sheriff's Office Cops for Kids program.

Sheriff's officials announced Matthews, founder and CEO of E-Matt Athletics, worked with police in Hiram who helped to coordinate his donation effort with the Paulding County charity program. E-Matt Athletics is a 37,000-square foot indoor sports complex in Hiram.

The sheriff's office began the Cops for Kids program in 1998 to donate goods to 25 needy children. Sheriff's officials say 380 children will be served by the program this year.

Paulding County Sheriff's officials say this year's Cops for Kids event is being hosted at a Walmart in Dallas on Marietta Highway Dec. 22 at 7 a.m.

Paulding Chamber supports Backpack Food Program

Paulding Chamber supports Backpack Food Program

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- The Paulding County Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with United Health Care to feed hungry local kids this holiday season.

Together, the two organizations pledged their support to the Paulding County Schools' Backpack Food Program, which provides nutritious food to children who need it most.

The chamber is collecting donations from the community. Recommended items include fruit and applesauce cups, individually-packaged macaroni and cheese, fruit snacks, granola bars, peanut butter and juice boxes.

Donations can be dropped off at the chamber, which is located at 455 Jimmy Campbell Parkway in Dallas. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

Learn more at pauldingchamber.org.

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.

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.