February 2012


Two Excellent DeKalb Schools


The DeKalb County School System recently announced that Oak Grove Elementary School and Vanderlyn Elementary School were named 2011 Georgia Schools of Excellence. The schools received a $1,000 check from Georgia Natural Gas to be used however they wish. “I congratulate our Schools of Excellence and the great strides they are making toward student success and achievement,” said Dr. Cheryl Atkinson, Superintendent of the DeKalb County School System.


Protecting Kids’ Sight


Parents can make a difference in the future of their child’s eyesight by taking easy steps, starting with early intervention.
“Parents need to be observant and proactive from birth through teenage years. Children should be seen by a pediatric ophthalmologist by the age of 2, earlier if there are abnormalities,” says Dr. Roger Ohanesian, ophthalmologist and founder of the Armenian EyeCare Project (AECP) for children.


Taking Care of DeKalb’s K-9s

Dr. Max Katz, Officer Ronnie Viar and K-9 Officer Basa

In July 2008, Twan, a DeKalb County Police canine, was shot in the face while investigating a rob-bery on Moreland Ave. Twan was transported to the North DeKalb Veterinary Clinic on Lawrenceville Hwy., where he was stabilized and his life saved. Twan is back on the job today, thanks to Dr. Max Katz and his staff, who have been caring for DeKalb County’s Police, Fire, Sheriff’s Dept. and School System canines for the last four years.


Ahimsa House Wins Pet Transport Vehicle


Ahimsa House was named a winner of Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program and received a brand new 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid on December 20 for use in transporting pets to safety from abusive situations. Decatur-based Ahimsa House is Georgia’s only nonprofit dedicated to addressing the connec-tions between animal cruelty and domestic violence. Forty-eight percent of domestic violence victims delay escaping abuse for fear the batterer will kill their pets. Few domestic violence shelters allow pets.


A Flavor That Makes The Heart Grow Fonder Year-Round


If love had to be summed up in a flavor, these cinnamon hearts would say it all. These mouthwatering treats melt into a com-forting sweetness, making them a heartfelt gift for those in love. For a gift straight from the heart, nothing quite says “love” the way that dessert does. To deliver an endearing message to friends or family celebrating an engagement, bridal shower, or wedding-related activity, you may want to whip up some scrumptious cinnamon hearts.

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