Eastvalley gets into the fall spirit; Walker reaches out
by Sally Litchfield
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October 14, 2012 02:08 AM | 1495 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Oct. 6, a beautiful day in Marietta, Eastvalley Elementary hosted its annual fall festival. Only this time it was not the normal fall festival. There was such a level of spirit created that the week you would have thought Ellen DeGeneres was coming to town.

Sandy Jones, festival chairperson, and six amazing moms planned for more than five weeks. Activities included a general store where parents donated baked and handcrafted items; a pumpkin-decorating contest by each grade level team and department team within; and a jail where two PTA presidents acted as sheriffs and arrested the principal, teachers and even the food cafeteria manager. Luckily, everyone participated in bailing them out.

The school’s Community Partners in Education assisted in putting on event including Kroger, Chick-Fil-A, Baked and Home Depot. Touted by many as the “best ever” event, the bar is set high and Eastvalley is ready to raise it. Plans are already in the works for next year’s festival.

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On Tuesday at 5 p.m., students at the Walker School are hosting an Open Mic Night at Mellow Mushroom, 1133 Chastain Road Northwest in Kennesaw (near Kennesaw State University.) Proceeds will benefit The Storytellers High School Campaign launched by To Write Love on Her Arms, an initiative for open conversation in high school about mental health and community.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “depression is the leading cause of suicide, two-thirds of people struggling with depression never get help, and suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents.”

TWLOHA is “a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.”

Mellow Mushroom (at this address only) will donate 10 percent of each guests’ bill that come to support this fundraiser. Guest must indicate to their server that they are supporting the fundraiser. Proceeds will be donated to the school for the cause. To learn more, visit www.twloha.com. To donate, visit www.stayclassy.org/thewalkerschool.

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Signup for HYBA – Harrison Youth Basketball Association is underway . The recreational basketball league seeks boys and girls grades 1 to 12. This is an Atlanta Hawks affiliate program providing a free Hawks/Celtics ticket to every player. Online registration is open now and runs until Oct. 29 at www.hoyabasketball.net.

League coordinators are also needed. If interested, contact John Good at jgood15@bellsouth.net.

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Fashion spotlight of the week: In a jean pencil skirt, orange and cream striped sweater and brown boots: Jean McWhorter, a look with interest. McWhorter is CEO Executive Assistant to Bob Walsh, President of United Community, Marietta.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at sallylit@bellsouth.net. Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.
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