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Students at Holy Innocents’ have made penpal friends with children from Ghana. Their letters and pictures are traveling more than 5,000 miles.

The Dunwoody High School robotics team 1264A allied with teams from Tucker and Clarkston high schools to place first at Chamblee Charter High School’s Vex Robotics Tournament.

The win secures a berth in next spring’s Georgia Vex State Championship to be held March 3 and 4 at Ola High School in Mcdonough. Team captain Edward O’Connor said, “We began work last spring when this season’s rules were announced. We embraced the concept of ‘fail fast’ and designed a bot to work synergistically with certain other designs. This bot was our fifth iteration.”

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Sandy Springs police officers have lots of soft and fuzzy passengers in their patrol cars thanks to St. Jude the Apostle School’s annual Teddy Bear Drive.

Each year, the first graders, together with their eighth grade buddies, collect dozens of bears for the police to give to children who suffer traumatic events. When asked about the service project, the children report that it makes them feel good to “help other kids.”

Police meet children daily who are victims of crime or who witness difficult situations, and studies show that the gift of a teddy bear can help calm and soothe a child who is distraught. Since the drive at the Sandy Springs school began, it is estimated that over 2600 teddy bears have been donated to this worthy cause.

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Letters from Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School fourth-graders made their way to Ghana this fall through the nonprofit Children Inspiring Hope. Students drew pictures of places that have special meaning to them, and nonprofit founder Amy Gaylor Nedriga delivered them to students 5,000 miles away. It’s all part of Nedriga’s mission to connect children through creative projects. 

For more information visit childreninspiringhope.org.

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Each year, the second graders of St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School collect diapers and pull ups, new children’s underwear, formula, wipes, baby bottles, and baby food for Our House, an organization that helps homeless families and children achieve stability and independence. 

The highly rated, accredited programs at Our House are designed to enrich the lives of metro Atlanta’s most vulnerable families – homeless families with newborns and young children - with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to break the cycles of homelessness and poverty. Our House hopes that by helping the generation experiencing homelessness today and tackling homelessness at its source, they can break the cycle for those most likely to experience it tomorrow.

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