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Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

By Megan Nellen, Lower School Principal at The Walker School

1. Community Service: Use the break to plan community service ideas for the coming year. Kids can write flyers and notes asking neighbors to save and donate any holiday décor they plan on tossing out to be used next year for a family without a tree or decorations. Children of all ages can help make and deliver sandwiches for a homeless mission or shelter or make cards and pictures for a local nursing home.

2. Reuse, Recycle, Entertain: Collect leftover boxes, ribbons and paper and have your kids use them to build a robot or make a game. Each year at The Walker School second graders use cardboard to make arcade games.

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Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.

Walmart in Marietta evacuated after bomb threat


MARIETTA, Ga. – Authorities evacuated a Walmart in Marietta after someone phoned a bomb threat in on Wednesday.

City officials said that the threat was made at the store on Cobb Parkway.

Police dogs were sent in, but nothing was found.

The incident is under investigation.

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Walker School student wins 2014 Water Essay Contest

Walker School student wins 2014 Water Essay Contest

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Emma Camp, a 7th grader at The Walker School in Cobb County has been named the District-wide winner in the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District 2014 Water Essay Contest. She received a $500 prize for her essay.

This is the 13th year MNGWPD has sponsored the annual Water Essay Contest. Over the years, the Water Essay Contest has engaged thousands of middle school students and challenged them to think critically about water and our region’s water resources. This year’s contest focused on the importance of water quality and water quantity. Students were asked to address the following statement, “Explain why water quantity (how much water we have) and water quality (how clean the water is) are equally important. Over 1,900 students from across the metropolitan area submitted essays.

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Child struck by vehicle in Cobb Co.


COBB COUNTY, Ga. – A child was struck by a vehicle near a Cobb County middle school on Monday, police said.

According to Cobb County Police Officer Michael Bowman, the incident happened near Simpson Middle School, which is located on Trickum Road Northeast.

The child was taken to a hospital and said to be "alert, conscious and breathing."

Stay with 11Alive.com for more details.


Walker School students to participate in day of giving

MARIETTA, Ga. -- On Dec. 18, some 280 students at The Walker School -- in grades 1 through 5 -- will participate in a “Day of Giving” in support of five local nonprofit organizations (Powers Ferry Elementary School, Books for Africa, The Hope Center, Meals on Wheels, and the AFLAC Cancer Center at CHOA).

As a part of its overall goal of building a well-rounded educational experience, the Cobb independent school encourages and provides opportunities for students to be active student-led in community service projects.     

Representatives from the organizations will gather with the Lower School community at 12:45 p.m. to receive the donations and share the impact that students' work has on their organization and people in need.      

The projects serve other young people, new moms, and others in need:

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.