READesign Reading Corner Unveiled At Hutchinson

ATLANTA—As part of its annual FedEx Cares Day, FedEx teamed up with The Heart of America Foundation to deliver financial and volunteer support for the FedEx Cares READesign® library makeover at Emma Hutchinson Elementary School, an Atlanta Public School. Hutchinson is the first school in the district to be awarded The Heart of America/FedEx Cares READesign® reading space.

Seventy FedEx employee volunteers completed the finishing touches in the library that included new furniture, colorful reading rugs and paint. They also placed inspirational quotes on the wall and shelved 250 additional library books donated by the company. FedEx also included Spanish books as part of the new collection to serve Hutchinson’s English learning language students. Additionally, 40 Hutchinson teachers received classroom supplies including paper, pencils, pens and organizers.

The Heart of America Foundation also named Hutchinson students Dontrell Price, second grade; Jasmine Nuno, fourth grade; and Jerry Ni, fifth grade, as recipients of The Heroes of the Heart® Award. The award is a national recognition program that identifies inspirational students in schools across the country who have made extraordinary contributions to enrich the lives of others.

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen, Ed.D, thanked The Heart of America Foundation and FedEx Cares for their generous donation and encouraged Hutchinson students to “blow the book cover off reading.” “Research shows that one positive experience with reading can turn a child into a good reader. If compelling, comprehensible material is available, even the most reluctant reader can develop literacy skills for a lifetime,” said Superintendent Carstarphen. “Your parents, teachers and counselors, as well as bus drivers, cafeteria staff and community partners—all of us can help encourage reading by finding a simple way to have a reading moment every day.”

Through participation in The Heart of America’s READesign® program, FedEx encourages students to build a love of reading and to learn more about the world and culture around them. “At FedEx, we recognize that our impact is greater than the services we provide. We are proud that the library books donated today will add to the student’s educational experience. We believe books like these will help prepare students to succeed in today’s global economy and workforce,” said Ted Williams, FedEx Services sales director. With FedEx’s ongoing support, The Heart of America Foundation has distributed more than 7,700 books and created six READesign Reading Corners (library makeovers) throughout the country.

Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately 50,000 students across 106 learning sites. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 87 schools, 17 charter schools and two citywide single-gender academies, where students are offered rigorous instructional programs that foster success in school and life. For more information, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $46 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.

The Heart of America Foundation®, a national nonprofit headquartered in Washington, DC, inspires acts of service and a love of learning by providing children with the tools to read, succeed and make a difference. Committed to education and volunteerism, The Heart of America Foundation® transforms school environments into vibrant centers of learning while providing high-quality resources to children who need them the most. Since 1997, The Heart of America Foundation® has provided children with more than 3.7 million library and take-home books as well as essential technology by engaging volunteers in more than 1 million hours of service to communities nationwide. For more information, visit www.heartofamerica.org.


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Free ‘Get Financially Fit’ Seminar At Greater Piney Grove

ATLANTA—Coinciding with a national campaign to teach everyone about credit, the newest “Get Financially Fit” seminar will take place at Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church on Saturday, Oct. 11, the Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta announced.

The free seminar will have something to offer to almost anyone with financial concerns or aspirations. Sessions will take place on student lending, homebuying, purchase-renovation home loans, getting ready for retirement, and starting and running a small business, with Wells Fargo and other financial experts sharing their expertise.

A special session to teach teens about money management will be held, and teens are invited to other sessions as well.

For the first time, United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Urban League of Greater Atlanta will join by offering their own sessions. The Urban League will offer its Homeownership and Entrepreneurial program, while the United Way will offer sessions to participants in its Financial Capability Network initiative.

Once again, financial coach and author Rob Wilson, whose latest book is Wealth Increasing Now, will co-lead the sessions for small businesses.

Greater Piney Grove, at 1879 Glenwood Ave. SE in the East Lake area, is the ninth church across the metro area to host the popular seminar. This ninth seminar will be held during “Get Smart About Credit” month, a national initiative of the American Bankers Association,

One of the best-attended sessions explores credit score and credit, and once again it will be taught by ClearPoint Counseling.

“With fall in the air and students back in school, and the holidays around the corner, it’s a perfect time to get active and get better financially,” said Concerned Black Clergy president Rev. Frank Brown.

To emphasize the importance of attending, the first 30 newcomers who register and complete the course will receive a $25 gift card. Breakfast and lunch will also be served and child care will be provided.

Everything is free, parking is convenient and the program begins at 8:30 a.m. and will end at 12:30 p.m.

Registration is strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Register at www.concernedblackclergy.org or by telephoning 404-755-4900.

Dr. William E. Flippin Jr., senior pastor of Greater Piney Grove, welcomed the “Get Financially Fit” program to his church.

“We’ve heard such great things and I hope many members of the church and many others across Atlanta will devote a morning to their financial health,” he said.

“Through the Financial Capability Network, United Way’s goal is to increase the financial capability of more than 3,000 people in just three years,” says United Way of Greater Atlanta President and CEO Milton J. Little, Jr. “We are proud to partner with Wells Fargo and other companies and organizations to build stronger communities and change the future of individuals and families across Greater Atlanta.”

Added Nancy Flake Johnson, President of the Urban League, “We are delighted to partner with the Concerned Black Clergy, Greater Piney Grove Church and Wells Fargo to provide valuable information that will promote sustainable homeownership and entrepreneurship to our communities and those attending.”

Overwhelmingly, participants attending previous seminars indicated that they would recommend the event to a friend.

“This partnership with the Concerned Black Clergy has now helped more than 900 people,” said Mike Donnelly, Atlanta region president for Wells Fargo. “We want to put more and more individuals and families on the road to financial success.”

The Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta Inc. is the primary, proactive, and principle-centered organization comprised of mostly African-American ministers and laity in the metro area. Membership includes 100-plus churches representing 100,000-plus individuals. The group’s mission is to provide leadership, advocacy and service to the homeless, helpless and hopeless in the community.

With almost 200 bank stores in the Atlanta area—more than any other bank—Wells Fargo & Company serves every other household and has 5,000 team members in the metro area. Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.6 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2014 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.


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Fulton County Observes Fire Prevention Week

Fulton County’s Fire Rescue Department will be holding several events throughout the community in observance of Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, 2014. This year’s theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”. Join Fulton County Fire Rescue at one of the following events to learn more about smoke alarms and fire safety:

• October 1—10:00 a.m.—Presentation of Proclamation honoring National Fire Prevention Week at the Board of Commissioners meeting, Fulton County Government Center, Assembly Hall, 141 Pryor St., SW, Atlanta, GA

• October 6—10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.—Fire Truck and Fire Safety House, Harriet G. Darnell Senior Facility, 677 Fairburn Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30331

• October 7—10:30 – 12:00 p.m.—Fire Truck during “Story Time” for kids, The New Wolf Creek Library, 3100 Enon Road, Atlanta, GA 30331

• October 9—10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.—Safety Fair at the Fulton County Government Center - Peachtree Level Atrium, 141 Pryor St., SW, Atlanta, GA

• October 10—10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.—Booth set-up in the Break Room, Fulton County Fire Headquarters, Fulton County Government Service Center, 5440 Fulton Industrial Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30336

According to the National Fire Protection Association:

• Having a working smoke alarm in the home cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half, on average each year.

• Three out of five home fire deaths result in fires where there are either no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

• In one-quarter (23 percent) of the home fire deaths smoke alarms were present but did not sound.

NFPA recommends:

• Installing smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

• Testing all smoke alarms every month by using the test button.

• Replacing all smoke alarms every 10 years or sooner if they don’t respond properly when tested.

Fulton County residents are encouraged to visit their local fire station during Fire Prevention Week to learn more about what steps they can take to prevent fires. For more information about Fulton County Fire Rescue Department events, call 404-612-5700 or visit http://www.fultoncountyga.gov/fcfrd-about. Follow them on Twitter @FCFRD.


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Senior Residents Have The Power To Stop A Fire Before It Starts

Each year, approximately 1,100 Americans ages 65 and older die as a result of a home fire. During National Preparedness Month, the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department (FCFRD) reminds senior residents they have the power to stop a fire before it starts.

About 3,400 Americans die each year in fires and about 17,500 are injured. According the United State Fire Administration, compared to the rest of the U. S. population, people between 65 and 74 are nearly twice as likely to die in a fire.

The Fulton County Fire Rescue Department believes the best fire prevention is fire education and encourages seniors to learn how to protect themselves and their property from a house fire.

With a few simple steps, older people can dramatically reduce their risk of death and injury from fire.

Stop the fire before it starts:

* Fire can easily happen in the kitchen, so be extra careful when cooking. Remember not to leave food unattended and don’t wear loose clothing, like shirts with big sleeves, when cooking.

* Never use the stove or oven to heat your home.

* Double-check the kitchen to be sure the oven and all appliances are turned off before going to bed or leaving the house.

* Never smoke in bed.

* Replace mattresses made prior to the 2007 Federal Mattress Flammability Standard.

* Keep combustible materials, like drapes and clothing, at least three (3) feet away from your heater, because they can catch on fire.

* Never overload outlets or extension cords.

Be prepared for a fire:

* One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family is to have a working smoke alarm that can sound fast for both a fire that has flames, and a smoky fire that has fumes without flames. It is called a "Dual Sensor Smoke Alarm." A smoke alarm greatly reduces your chances of dying in a fire.

* Prepare an escape plan and practice it twice a year. Make sure everyone in your family knows at least two (2) escape routes from their bedrooms.

To learn more on how you can prevent fires and fire deaths, please contact FCFRD at (404) 612-5700 (not 911) or visit www.usfa.fema.gov or www.ready.gov.