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DeKalb seeks volunteers for online tutoring program

This tutoring program achieves reading proficiency results by focusing on students who are one to two grades behind in their reading grade level.

The Experience Corps Program, a national program that also has produced positive mental and physical health benefits for the older adult volunteers, is designed to be implemented by volunteers who are 50 years old and older.

To participate, volunteers must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.

Even though the tutoring program began last month, more volunteers are needed.

The program follows the school district’s calendar through May 2022.

Tutoring sessions will be online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Participating DeKalb elementary schools include Stoneview, Pine Ridge, Murphy Candler, E.L. Miller and Redan.

To learn more about the program, contact Human Services Administrator Debra Furtado by email at [email protected] or complete an online application at UnitedWayAtlanta.org/aarp-volunteer-application.

⭐ GET YOUR COVID VACCINE & RECEIVE FREE ADMISSION ⭐nnThe Mall at Stonecrest will be offering FREE Covid vaccines on...

Posted by SeaQuest at Stonecrest on Friday, December 10, 2021

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Avondale Estates Christmas Tour of Lights & Holiday MarketnOnce again, our 29th Christmas tour will be the Avondale...

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A gift wrapped evening of Christmas magic, all merry and bright, will launch the holiday season in Brookhaven at this...

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Doraville turns 150 this month!nnDon't miss our grand finale event on Saturday, December 11th along Park Avenue....

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Fly through Hollywood Holidays, which lights up nightly at #Dunwoody's Brook Run Park. Enjoy more than 75,000 lights, and interact with sets from Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story. The self-guided display is FREE, open to all ages, and runs through Dec. 27. Display comes on each night at 5 p.m. and the continuous Mega Tree music show starts at 6 p.m. Display runs until 10 p.m each night. City of Dunwoody Parks & Recreation

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If you’ve got Mariah Carey stuck in your head, we can help! #Stonecrest’s Soulful Tree Lighting Spectacular will bring...

Posted by Stonecrest City on Thursday, December 2, 2021

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We're not trying to steal your Thanksgiving vibes, but you NEED to know about North Pole at Tucker Rec! It's a free...

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It would require that guns either be stored in a locked container or “secured by a device or mechanism, other than the firearm safety, designed to render a firearm temporarily inoperable.”","_id":"DDIPASZTKBBYDE6TJJPKINSPIE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1638982470981,"type":"text","content":"Terry said that, in the absence of state or federal action, putting such an ordinance in place on the local level would play a part in addressing “the millions of children who are at risk from accessing unsecured firearms, or the hundreds of thousands of guns that are stolen out of vehicles that are funneled into the black market and used in violent crimes.”","_id":"N3GWU5QV4JHXBP4FSJ22QYDGDA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1638982470982,"type":"text","content":"The draft ordinance currently calls for a $500 fine for first-time violators. 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Lania Boone, 60, a bookkeeper for the company hired by Stonecrest to distribute the federal funds, was also arraigned on a conspiracy charge. She’s the wife of Clarence Boone, the city’s former economic development director who was fired as a result of investigations in the city’s relief program.","_id":"2MG6K7SV2NAEPGQGY5KS3TSASU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1638450104923,"type":"text","content":"Court records do not show a scheduled hearing in her case.","_id":"WQQZSIF5AFDCTFUXS63FNQSDUM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1638450104924,"type":"text","content":"Stonecrest received $6.2 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds, and the two are accused of taking some of the funds for themselves. 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The church was told it would be for pandemic-related rent assistance, but Lary allegedly used the funds to pay off his own property expenses and his dues to the Georgia Campaign Finance Committee.","_id":"KFA6YJCTAFEP7NNVUTESTINOPY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1638450104930,"type":"text","content":"Prosecutors also found that $108,000 of relief funds were used to pay off the mortgage on a lakefront home owned by Lary, while another $7,600 was used to pay college tuition and rent for Boone’s son.","_id":"DDDZO7EIIBEULEKAMEAFXH2QQU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1638450104931,"type":"text","content":"BJay Pak, the former U.S. attorney for Atlanta, previously told the AJC that prosecutors would likely recommend a sentence that includes prison time. 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Councilwoman-Elect Tara Graves Releases Statement On Election Victorynn📣📣THANK YOU📣📣 to the amazing supporters who...

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Good morning Stonecrest. nnI would first like to give a big thank you to all of my supporters who voted in this...

Posted by Clanton for Stonecrest on Wednesday, December 1, 2021

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