And the Bronze goes to DNC. Girl Scouts from Troop 28417 put the environment they love front and center and worked to restore an area of the Dunwoody Nature Center as part of their Bronze Award project.

In five sessions this fall, the troop worked to clear an area in the meadow near the main building, cleared invasive plants, churned dirt, laid amendment soil, created a rock path, and planted flowers and native plants. The improved area looks beautiful and the girls are very proud of their work.

Boy Scouts plan to help continue beautifying the area by building footbridges and a bench. Next month, the troop will place a dedication rock with their troop number and names at the site.

Bear Hugs. Third-graders at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School worked at chores at home to earn money to purchase teddy bears that they have given to underprivileged children. On St. Nicholas Day, Dec. 6, the bears were blessed in a school chapel service by the Rt. Rev. Robert Wright, bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta, and a Holy Innocents’ parent.

“It seems to accomplish a couple of things including the need for the kids to work to make money, and then to spend the money for the benefit of someone else,” explained Head Chaplain Ned Mulligan of the annual service project distributed via the Salvation Army. “The blessing is a nice touch in terms of holy work, producing holy gifts for God’s people.

Family Fun Day. If Dec. 25 isn’t your holiday and you’re looking for something to do, the Marcus Jewish Community Center is inviting the entire community to its

Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free of charge and open to everyone, the family-friendly event will include a concert featuring the Baal Shem Tones, inflatables, table tennis, basketball, swimming in the indoor pool and a 2 p.m. movie.

For information, contact Rabbi Brian Glusman at 678-812-4161 or via email at brian.glusman@ atlantajcc.org.

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