| The Achievers were awarded tickets to see the Atlanta Hawks take on the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, December 22, 2012 thanks to the Kyle Korver Foundation. The Achievers were very pleased to know their hard work is being noticed and were equally as excited to find out they would hear rapper and actor TI perform live at halftime. Kyle Korver, wearing number 26, plays shooting guard for the Atlanta Hawks and he helped the Hawks defeat the Bulls 92-75. Thank you again to the Kyle Korver Foundation, we had a blast!|
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With a special invitation from Georgia State Univeristy, the Acworth Achievers enjoyed an aspect of college life by supporting the GSU men's basketball teams as they took on the University of Southern Mississippi. Through the Hoops for Holiday Program, each participant received free game entry and even vouchers for the concession stand!
The few graduating seniors enjoyed their unofficial college visit to downtown Atlanta. Though the Acworth Achievers are informed and advised on the scholarly advantages of college, participants took pleasure in one of colleges other joyful experiences.
Special thank you to the Georgia State University Athletic Department. Go Panthers!
Acworth Achievers wind down at the GSU basketball game after a week of final exams.
|Everyone loves the holiday season, especially the Acworth Achievers! Participants throughout the month of December worked on numerous arts and crafts activities including rice filled snowmen, gingerbread houses, and even decorating their very own Acworth Achievers Christmas tree!|
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Also, in this season of giving, participans began to brainstorm on their 2013 community service activities. Events on the radar are the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service, a clothing drive for homeless teens, and a day volunteering with Mostly Mutts, an animal rescue and adoption organization.
The Achievers took it a step further with personal improvement and attended an etiquette class at Fish Thyme restaurant. The class was taught by The Etiquette Company. The Achievers learned the proper dining skills and everyday manners were reinforced over a three-course meal of a salad, chicken and vegetables, and chocolate a la mode. It was a fun time and everyone was happy to say there were no spilled drinks!!! Everyone left feeling confident about their dining skills and it was just in time for the holidays!
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|A group of college students from Kennesaw State University recently spoke to the Acworth Achievers on the topic of bullying. Achievers learned about the different forms of bullying, such as physical and cyber bullying, and helpful ways to prevent it. They also participated in several activities to show their support against what is now becoming a national problem including designing anti-bullying signs and brainstorming positive words to uplift someone who might be the victim of bullying.|
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Success for All Students (SFAS), a federally supported initiative through the Cobb County Public School District will provide additional funding to the Acworth Achievers Mentoring and After School through June of 2013. The monetary support will help the Acworth Achievers expand their transportation services, increase hours of operation, fund service learning opportunities, and allow the program to support more participants!
Along with an anonymous donor, SFAS was the first local partner that helped to establish Acworth Achievers program.In addition to monetary support, SFAS helped with the implementation of Too Good for Drugs and Violence curriculum and assistance during the City of Acworth's All-America City designation which highlighted the Acworth Achievers as an innovative program.
Please visit www.cobbsuccessforall.com for more info on the Cobb Success for All Students Grant.
With a special invitation from community partners Piedmont Church and JRM Management, the Acworth Achievers enjoyed a day away from the Roberts School by attending the North Georgia State Fair in Marietta. After riding all the rides and winning a few stuffed animals, the Acworth Achievers endulged themselves in hotdogs and hamburgers until they were ready for an encore of more rollercoasters.
After receiving their school progress reports the week before, the Acworth Achievers prayers for fun were finally answered!
Congratulations to all the Acworth Achievers who are continuing to achieve and excel inside and outside the classroom!
Special thank you Marlon Longacre of Piedmont Church and JRM Management for making this trip possible.
Acworth Achievers let loose on the notorious rides of the North Georgia State Fair.
Hawks TV convered the grand opening of the Acworth Achievers new home, the Atlanta Hawks Reading & Learning Zone.
The most notable Atlanta Hawks player and NBA Hall of Famer, Dominique Wilkins poses for pictures with the Acworth Achievers.
| A dream has finally come to fruition as the Acworth Achievers cut the ribbon and opened their new Atlanta Hawks Reading & Learning Zone. After years of salvaging donated furniture and recreational equipment, the program will now enjoy new books, furniture, Hawks decor, and much more! Thanks to Philips, tand this time take the Grand Prize!|
The doors open just in time for the school year. Special guests Dominique Wilkins, radio and TV personality Rashan Ali, and even Harry the Hawk came out to help celebrate this phenomenal occasion. "Nique" hung around the entire time signing autographs and taking pictures with everyone in attendance.
The Acworth Achievers would like to thank everyone involved:
Philips, Atlanta Hawks, Gensler, Chris Sullivan, R.S. Askew Electric, Doug and Marsha Allen, Johnsonite, Office Images, Earl Smith Floor Coverings, Dekalb Office, and Gas South.
To see pictures of the transformation Click Here.
To see pictures of the ribbon cutting Click Here.
Check a short video provided by Patch.com, Video.
Coverage of the celebration was featured on 11 Alive News Atlanta, Fox 5 News, Patch.com, Marietta Dailty Journal, Acworth Community Magazine, and Hawks TV.
Acworth Achievers partner program Expanding Horizons has received funding to continue the program in 2013 which includes a second visit to the the nations capital, Washington D.C. The program visited "The District" once before in 2009. Since 2007, Expanding Horizons has allowed over 200 students from Cobb County Public Schools to visit sites all over Georgia and southern Tennessee at no expense to their families. The program has also allowed a handful of its special participants to go on once in a lifetime trips to places such Washington D.C., Cape Canaveral, Florida, Kansas City, St. Louis, and most recently New York City.
The Expanding Horizon Program has encouraged an enthusiasm for learning while exposing the community's youth to opportunities they may not otherwise afford. Surveys completed by partnering schools in past years have attributed improvements in social skills, grades, classroom participation, and overall excitement about education to the Expanding Horizons program.
Check out the photos and pictures from the groups first visit:
Washington D.C. was so awesome in 2009, Expanding Horizons plans to visit again in 2013!
| Youth from NorthStar Church located in Acworth, GA join forces with the Acworth Achievers to tackle Acworth's ongoing Doug Davis Community Garden project. On the first 100 degree day of the summer, the two programs endured the heat to plant fruits and beautify the exterior of the historic Roberts School Community and Education Center. From strawberries to perennials, the group added new life to the facility as they socialized.|
It was not "all work and no play!" After working outside in the heat, the youth from NorthStar accepted the Acworth Achievers invitation to cool of inside before heading back to church. Though they escaped the heat from outside, things soon got heated up inside as the groups enjoyed a couple games of ping pong and video games.
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Summer break is coming to an end and school is just about to begin. During the summer break the Acworth Achievers were awarded a grant from Philips and the Atlanta Hawks that turned turned the comfortable yet dilapidated space into a super modern and sleek home. New for this school year, the program will begin meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm - 6pm. Tutoring, mentorship, recreational activities, and more are available with the program. Special outings and activities will be scheduled soon and posted on the event calendar.
Call the Acworth Parks and Recreation Department at 770-917-1234 or email [email protected] for more information on the Acworth Achievers Program.
On June 26th, the 2012 Horizon Kickball League "kicked off" with a huge turnout of players and volunteers including the Acworth Achievers. The Horizon League, offered through the Acworth Parks and Recreation Department, gives children with special needs the opportunity to play sports and participate in social activities that may not otherwise be available. Utilizing a buddy system for their recreational activities, each participant is paired up with a peer or adult volunteer to encourage them along the way and form a lasting friendship that extends beyond the playing field.
The Acworth Achievers look forward to volunteering each and every during kickball and baseball season! This marks the fourth year, and counting, the Acworth Achievers program has helped with Horizon League.
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If someone you know has a special need and may be interested in joining the Horizon League family or if you would like to volunteer coach and/or become a Buddy, you may visit http://www.acworthspecialneeds.com/ for updates on upcoming activities or call 770-917-1234.
After earning second place honors in the 2011 Reading and Learning Zone Contest, the Acworth Achievers enter contest again in 2012 and this time take the Grand Prize! The Atlanta Hawks are supporters of early education and this partnership with the Acworth Achievers will tranform a portion of the Roberts School Community and Education Center into a Reading & Learning Zone dedicated to the academic advancement of grade school students in the Acworth area. The Atlanta Hawks will donate $10,000 plus a special design team to help to makeover the program's facility. Improvements will include new books, furniture, Hawks decor, and much more!
The Acworth Achievers would like to thank the Atlanta Hawks and Gensler. A special thank you goes out to the Community Development team and Kirsten Salmonsen for making this life changing experience possible for the youth of Acworth.
Keep up with the Acworth Reading Zone transformation at the Atlanta Hawks Community Page.
To view official Press Release Click Here.
Evanson (left) and Nicholas (right) show off their trophies for being top finishers in the 14 & under age group.
|Running to show their support of a fellow Acworth Achievers battle with sickle cell anemia, Evanson Ndungu and Nicholas Kamunya take 1st and 2nd place in the 14 & under age group in the 33rd Annual Sickle Road Race in East Point, GA. After receiving their awards, they posed for a picture with the founder of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. All proceeds from the 7k road race less race expenses go to help fund further research of the sickle cell anemia disease. |
Evanson is a 7th grade honor roll student at Barber Middle School that loves to play sports and hang out with friends in his spare time.
Nicholas is a 6th grade honor roll studnet at Barber Middle School that enjoys playing recreational basketball and video games at Acworth Acheivers.
To view full race results Click Here.
To see a few more pictures of the Acworth Achievers team at 33rd Annual Sickle Cell Road Race Click Here.
If you would like more information on the next race to benefit sickle cell anemia research you may visit Sickle Cell Road Race.
During spring break, 12 carefully selected participants from the Expanding Horizons and Acworth Achievers programs were taken on a trip of lifetime to New York City. The group spent five days and four nights in the "Big Apple" taking in all of the historic and cultural sites. From Time Square to China Town... from the Empire State Building to the Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial, participants were able to learn and enjoy all of what New York City had to offer. Besides viewing the more notable sites native to the international city, participants received a glimpse of life as a New Yorker by riding the subway in the city and taking the train each evening back to there hotel in Bronx, NY. From small city of Acworth to the big city of New York, this experience is sure to leave a life long impression.
The Acworth community thanks their anonymous donor for continuing to help change the lives and mold the future of our local youth.
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Tuskegee Airman, Leonard Collins Hall, Jr., accompanied the Acworth Achievers to NCG Theaters to view the movie Red Tails. Red Tails is a Hollywood story that attempts to capture some of the historical truths about the first African American servicemen. Mr. Hall met with Mayor Tommy Allegood, Alderman Tim Houston, and the Acworth Achievers before the movie for a brief question and answer segment that allowed the participants to hear, first hand, what the experience of a Tuskegee Airman was like. After the movie and quick photo op, NCG Theater excitedly gave Mr. Hall their Red Tails movie poster to commemorate the evening.
Leonard Collins Hall, Jr. served two years in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. Mr. Hall was a pilot in the 99th Squadron of the Tuskegee Airmen. He flew a single lane fighter aircraft called "The Jug." Mr. Hall recieved an honorary doctorate degree from Tuskegee University and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2007 by President Bush. When asked what he was his most memorable moment from serving, he said making it out of the war alive because many of his comrades were not as fortunate.
To view Mayor Allegoods 2011 proclamation that made February 17th Leonard Collins Hall, Jr. Day in Acworth, Ga Click Here.
Pictured about is Lissette Paulino and Donitra Wells observing art history at Gallery 4463 in Historic Acworth.
Eight participants from the Acworth Achievers program received an invitation from Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society to attend a special Black History Month presentation that started at Gallery 4463, stopped at Bethel AME Church, and ended at the historic Acworth Rosenwald School. Those in attendance witnessed the unveiling of a special live performance that told the story of African American plight in North Georgia and provided the history of Rosenwald School that is located near downtown Acworth. After the presentations, participants enjoyed a "Soul Food" dinner complete with sweet potatoes, collard greens, potato stew, chicken and more.
The Acworth Achievers thank all those involved with putting the event together and extend a special thank you to the programs sponsor.
A tradition with the Acworth Achievers, every February the program honors local residents for their contributions to the African American community. This year's honoree was 76 year Acworth resident, Claude Johnson. Mr. Johnson was recognized for organizing the first African American little league baseball team in 1963. In a time where African American youth were not allowed to play organized sports with their white peers, Mr. Johnson afforded Acworth's special group of boys the opportunity to play America's favorite pastime. Mr. Johnson was honored at the first February City of Acworth council meeting at City Hall. Also in attendance were players from his team who still reside in Acworth today.
Pictured top left are the Acworth Achievers with Mr. Claude Johnson.
Pictured bottom left is Mr. Johnson with his 1963 12 & under Acworth baseball team.
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|The Acworth Achievers 3rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service was held on Monday, January 16. Participants and volunteers met at the Roberts School Commnity and Education Center at 11am just before dispersing into the nearby neighborhood to remove debris and litter.|
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service has become an annual tradition for the program following a nationwide movement created by the United States National Service Department's encouragement to make this holiday "A Day On, Not A Day Off."
Dr. King's life was dedicated to empowering every community to help one another and to engage in acts of service that help mankind. The Acworth Achievers and community partners encourage you to join them next year to celebrate Dr. King's teachings and legacy.
To join the Acworth Achievers in their next community service activity, call 770-917-1234 or email [email protected].