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Our collaborative News page features stories about our work, partners, and events.

We welcome all news stories that relate to Spalding Collaborative and Family Connection.  To submit your news story, send it through the “Contact Us” feature of this Web site (click on the “Contact Us” button in the column to the left of this screen).

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Ice cream party for Little Free Library

“Once again, we find ourselves here on behalf of Little Free Libraries,” Brett Bell told the children of Northside Hill Apartments. Bell asked and the children remembered people coming there and presenting the Little Free Library, the ribbon-cutting with the …
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Mentoring program to hold open house

    Two mentoring programs have combined and will be having sign-ups at an open house, 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24 at the A.Z. Kelsey gymnasium. “We have combined two programs together to serve the youth population of …
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Rededication for Little Free Library at Northside Hills

There will be a rededication at 4 p.m., Friday for 11th Little Free Library at Northside Hills Apartments. It was knocked over by vandals the same weekend as the dedication on Sept. 15. According to the Spalding Collaborative, it has …
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Land Bank OKs agreement with Housing Authority

The Griffin-Spalding Land Bank Authority will serve as a land bank depository for the Griffin Housing Authority. The deal, approved by both authorities, allows the Housing Authority to compile land, have the Land Bank hold it so the Housing Authority …
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Three Little Free Library dedications have been scheduled for this month.

  One initially scheduled for Wednesday at Sunny Side City Hall has been postponed because of the weather preventing cementing of the pole, explained Brett Bell, who heads up the local Little Free Library initiative with the Spalding Collaborative Authority …
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Little Free Library at Cowan Road Elementary School

A rededication of the Little Free Library at Cowan Road Elementary School was conducted Friday to honor former Cowan Road Elementary teacher Julie McLean Smith. Smith died on July 25 after having been diagnosed with leukemia in September 2016. Smith’s …
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Be a mentor, dare to be the difference

The Spalding County Mentoring Program is looking for mentors and has a current campaign with a goal of 30 mentors in 30 days. A mentor acts as a listener, a role model and a friend, according to the Griffin-Spalding County …
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Land Bank considering deal with Housing Authority

The Griffin-Spalding Land Bank Authority is considering an agreement with the Griffin Housing Authority to help the Housing Authority reduce its tax liability. “It gives us banking separation,” Housing Authority CEO Bob Dull said. He explained “our objective is not …
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Little Free Library vandalized

In the first case of actual vandalism, the Little Free Library at Northside Hills Apartments was intentionally damaged. After being dedicated and installed on Friday, it was vandalized over the weekend. “It is with great sadness that I report the …
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Little Free Library vandalized

In the first case of actual vandalism, the Little Free Library at Northside Hills Apartments was intentionally damaged. After being dedicated and installed on Friday, it was vandalized over the weekend. “It is with great sadness that I report the …
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Book Drop at First National Bank

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last Friday for the Little Free Library Book Drop at First National Bank in Griffin. FNB serves as the primary location for the books donated to the program, whose focus is to build lending libraries …
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Northside Hills hosting 11th Little Free Library

The 11th Little Free Library will have a ribbon-cutting celebration today at 4 p.m., at Northside Hills Apartments. The apartment complex at 615 Northside Drive will host the celebration and be the steward. The Little Free Library there is sponsored …
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Doc Holliday BBQ & Music Festival returns

The annual Doc Holliday Barbecue and Music Festival will return to downtown Griffin Sept. 22 and 23, bringing with it entertainment of the past and present. This family-friendly event not only offers entertainment for all, but has made it more …
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Local team honoring Ellis at Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Local team honoring Ellis at Walk to End Alzheimer’s The Southern Crescent counties of Spalding, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, and south Fulton Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Oct. 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the Frederick Brown Amphitheatre in Peachtree City. The …
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10th Little Free Library at DeVotie Baptist

DeVotie Baptist Church is hosting the 10th Little Free Library located next to its playground on Ruth Street. Worship Leader Brett Duncan said he “stumbled upon one” in Jackson, saw them pop up here and wanted to host one at …
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DeVotie Baptist Church to host next Little Free Library

The next Little Free Library in Spalding County will have a ribbon cutting on Wednesday. The event is scheduled for 4:15 p.m., Wednesday at DeVotie Baptist Church, 1355 Experiment St. The church is the sponsor and steward for this Little …
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Students attend zero robotics challenge

Some local middle school students recently attended the Zero Robotics’ International Space Station Programming Challenge via satellite from Georgia Tech’s campus. “The Zero Robotics program has a fun, flexible yet challenging curriculum where students work in teams to learn about …
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Ferst Foundation combats childhood illiteracy

As she was leaving a meeting where she said there were more children than funding available for all of them to receive books from the Spalding County Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, resulting in a waiting list, Louisa Melton said …
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Fairmont oral history project seeking stories

  An oral history of the Fairmont community is being compiled by the University of Georgia-Griffin Campus. So far, 15 people have been interviewed for the oral history project, according to John Cruickshank, a librarian at the UGA-Griffin Campus Library. …
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Fairmont Homes transitioning out of public housing

The Griffin Housing Authority is transitioning Fairmont Homes out of public housing. Bob Dull, chief executive officer of the Housing Authority, provided an update on the project to the Educational Prosperity Initiative Thursday, saying there will be $16.7 million spent …
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Little Free Library Book Drop now at WellStar Spalding Regional

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WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital announced the opening of its “Little Free Library Book Drop” outside the entrance to the hospital’s Women’s Center. The library site opened on July 10. Rock Springs Christian Academy art teacher Grace Anderson and her students …
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Two Little Free Libraries open at Orchard Hill Park

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The 8th and 9th Little Free Libraries opened Friday afternoon at Orchard Hill Park with two ribbon cuttings. “One that looks like a red barn is for children who use the playground and the other is for adults using the …
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Two Little Free Libraries coming to Orchard Hill

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Brett Bell and the Spalding Collaborative are “bringing Spalding together one Little Free Library at a time” with business and community coming together at locations across the county. The next two Little Free Libraries will be at Orchard Hill Park. …
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Hospital Authority accept grant applications

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The Griffin-Spalding County Hospital Authority is accepting grant applications for 2018.   The Hospital Authority administers certain trust accounts, using the proceeds to improve the health and well-being of the residents of Spalding County.   Under applicable laws and trust …
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Mentor program needs volunteers

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As the new school year is approaching quickly, so is the need for volunteers with the Griffin-Spalding County Mentor Program. According to Program Coordinator Elly Zhilyak, the program currently has 29 mentors and serves 10 local schools — Anne Street …
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Local teens attend leadership program

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  The Spalding County Youth Advisory Council recently attended the Georgia Teen Institute to learn leadership skills and to lay the groundwork for the upcoming year. The Spalding County Youth Advisory Council is a youth-based workshop working within the scope …
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“You can’t predict but you can prepare!”

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Local Students participate in Zero Robotics program

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Local students are learning about Zero Robotics as part of a five-week Kids Enrichment University, which is a science, technology, engineering and math program. Zero Robotics is the world’s first robotics competition in space, explained Kenda Woodard with the Griffin …
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POSTPONED: 8th Little Free Library coming to Healthy Life Community Garden

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On Monday, Brett Bell announced the Little Free Library at the Healthy Life Community Garden, is being postponed until construction at the site has been completed. Bell said he met Monday morning at the garden with Spalding County Leisure Services …
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#9 LFL Celebration at Orchard Hill Park

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Collaborative hears about Dinoff School

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The Dinoff School hosted this month’s meeting of the Spalding Collaborative Authority, with Headmaster Leslie Dinoff talking about the school. “There are so many hidden treasures in Griffin, so many good things going on here, people need to know,” said …
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A.Z. Kelsey not the ‘alternative school’

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  A.Z. Kelsey Academy and Achievement Center has three components, explained Principal Stephanie Evans. When speaking to the Educational Prosperity Initiative, Evans said there are the middle and high schools, and the A.Z. Kelsey Academy. A.Z. Kelsey Achievement Center replaces …
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$250,000 grant to help provide job training

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WorkSource Three Rivers has been awarded a grant of $250,000 to provide job training for high demand job sectors in our area. The High Demand Career Initiative (HDCI) is funded by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and its …
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Griffin selects firm to develop housing analysis, redevelopment plan

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A comprehensive housing inventory study and future investment analysis of neighborhoods throughout the city of Griffin is expected to be completed this summer. City officials selected APD Solutions Real Estate Group, a national community economic development consulting firm, to conduct …
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The Griffin Daybreak Rotary Club’s theme for May is Youth Services.

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The Griffin Daybreak Rotary Club’s theme for May is Youth Services. To kick off this month’s theme, Elly Zhilyak, program coordinator of the Griffin-Spalding County (GCS) Mentor Program, was the guest speaker for the club’s May 3 weekly meeting. Founded …
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Fifth Little Free Library going in May 31

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The fifth Little Free Library in as many months is scheduled to open on May 31 at the Fairmont Community Center. It will have a theme of the Three Little Pigs, with three doors with books in three different ages …
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GED Program at Fairmont Closing

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The GED program held at the Fairmont Community Center is not being funded because of low turnout. Judy Cook Snyder, interim head of the GED program at Southern Crescent Technical College, said participation had decreased from 15, to 10 and …
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G+S Mentoring Program

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Griffin-Spalding County Mentoring Program The Griffin-Spalding County School System currently has 30 mentors. The mentoring program started in 2012 with 8 to 10 mentors according to Elly Zhilyak, who is the program coordinator. “There should be 10 per school, ideally,” …
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Crime Decreasing in Fairmont Community

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Griffin Police Chief Mike Yates said violent crime has gone down in the Fairmont community. Yates spoke to the Educational Prosperity Initiative last week and said that from January through April of this year, “violent crime has gone down significantly,” …
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The fourth Little Free Library is located downtown

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The fourth Little Free Library is located downtown and is for adults too. Located at the small park across from the Griffin Regional Welcome Center on North Hill Street, the library will have books for adults. The Griffin-Spalding Chamber of …
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Fourth Annual Healthy U Conference -March 30, 2017

The Fourth Annual Spalding Collaborative Authority for Children and Families, Inc. signature event, The Healthy Children Conference, will this year partner with UGA Griffin, Project AWARE, and all initiatives of the Spalding Collaborative including Healthy Youth and Senior Issues Committees. …
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HEALTHY U CONFERENCE

The Fourth Annual Spalding Collaborative Authority for Children and Families, Inc. signature event, The Healthy Children Conference, will this year partner with UGA Griffin, Project AWARE, and all initiatives of the Spalding Collaborative including Healthy Youth and Senior Issues Committees. …
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Housing study to gather data on neighborhoods and assets

Griffin and Spalding County have contracted for a housing study, something that’s not been done since 2008.   Vaughn Irons, of APD Solutions, the contractor, explained it would be a survey in the community to inventory housing in town, to …
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Cancelled- Scrub Run – March 11, 2017

Robert Dull Proclamation

There is an old adage, that holds, “One does not always get to sit in the shade of every tree that you plant,” Mr. Robert (Bob) N. Dull Jr. helped plant the seed that grew into the education prosperity initiative …
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Little libraries are coming to Fairmont and other areas of Spalding County

The free “take a book, leave a book” program is being spearheaded by Brett Bell for the Spalding Collaborative. Bell said the “whole purpose is to promote literacy.” Bell presented the idea to the Spalding County Parks and Recreation Advisory …
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Helping veterans Ways to improve transition process discussed

  U.S. District 3 Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-West Point) stopped by the Waypoint Griffin veterans resource center Tuesday to speak to center director Sandra Brownlee on ways to help service members successfully transition from the military back into civilian life. …
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Shoes for Griffin provided 252 pairs shoes to needy school children

The annual Shoes for Griffin shoe drive collected and gave out 252 pairs of shoes to students in the Back Pack Food for Kids Program. Field Foot and Ankle Clinic was the collection site for the drive. “According to my …
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Phase 3 Approved

Phase 3 of the Meriwether Homes redevelopment has been approved, with a 68-unit, multi-level senior housing facility to be built adjacent to the Griffin City Golf Course. Griffin Housing Authority CEO Bob Dull said Phase 3 will start next year. …
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Shoes for Griffin provide shoes for needy school children

You can help buy shoes for needy children. Field Foot and Ankle Clinic is conducting the Shoes for Griffin drive. These shoes will be received by children in the Back Pack Food for Kids Program, which provides supplemental food over …
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Funding To Help Reduce Georgia Infant Mortality

  Building Capacity and Collaborations   ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health’s (DPH), Maternal and Child Health Section is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of mini grants to help reduce infant mortality in Georgia. Five organizations will …
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Day of Service to the Military held at local veterans resource center

Day of Service to the Military held at local veterans resource center     About three months ago, the Waypoint-Griffin veterans resource center opened at the old county courthouse and has served some 290 veterans since then. On Wednesday, the …
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Shoes for Griffin

  Field Foot and Ankle Clinic is conducting the Shoes for Griffin drive. These shoes will be received by children in the Back Pack Food for Kids Program. BBFFK provides food for the weekend for some of Spalding County’s neediest …
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CHIP grant funds available

The Griffin Housing Authority has been awarded a Community Home Investment Program grant which can be used for home repairs and purchases within the designated grant area of the city. The CHIP grant is provided to housing authorities, local governments …
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Walk and bike friendly workshop planned

The Atlanta Regional Commission is coming to Griffin to host a half-day workshop on how to make the community more walk and bike friendly. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at …
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Grand opening for The Oaks at Park Pointe

Cutting the ribbon on The Oaks at Park Pointe, is just the beginning, said Griffin Housing Authority Executive Director Bob Dull. “The goal is to bring dignity, respect and confidence in a community,” Dull said, at Monday’s ribbon cutting for …
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Drive thru Clinic

Work on Heritage Park has started, more to come

Work has started on the Heritage Park/Fairmont Park SPLOST projects which include renovations, upgrades and additions to what’s already there. “It’s super exciting to be starting everything,” said Spalding County Parks and Grounds Manager T.J. Imberger, when providing an update …
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Charity Tracker helps do the most good

The Griffin-Spalding Archway Program, along with the Spalding County Collaborative Authority for Families and Children, is encouraging use of Charity Tracker as a way to best use the benevolent resources the community has to offer. In a presentation at the …
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Would you like to be in the MOVIES?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Casting Call TEENS and Parents Men and Women/ Any Ethnicity Ages 16-45 Years old Kids 16 and 17 do not need a parent or guardian on set. They can sign them in and leave them …
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Day of Service to Military: Nov 9th

The more services available the more successful and beneficial this day will be to all veterans who come out.  Please contact Sandra Brownlee, dsp2mandm@gmail.com, if you have a service to offer and we will make accommodations for you.  Please be mindful …
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Volunteers needed for anti-violence rally

Volunteers will be out Saturday handing out flyers for the One Village One Sound anti-violence rally to be held Aug. 20 in Spalding Heights.   They will be meeting at the Fairmont Community Center, 241 Blanton Ave., at 10 a.m. …
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SPOT LIGHT ON C.H.A.R.M.S.

Caring, Helpful, Active Residents of Meriwether Homes   C.H.A.R.M.S. was founded by Ms. Eula Redding to help the school aged children in the old Meriwether Homes community with homework assignments. What began at the kitchen table of a one bedroom …
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SPOT LIGHT ON BackPack Food for Kids

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As school is getting ready for the start of the year, the BackPack Food for Kids Program will also be ready to start a new year.  The program will begin the first week of September and will continue throughout the …
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Anti-violence march and rally to be held at Spalding Heights

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The second annual One Village, One Sound anti-violence march and rally will be held in Spalding Heights on Aug. 20. Lisa Fambro, one of the rally organizers, said she will be meeting with the Griffin Police Department and Spalding County …
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Dull speaks at Griffin Daybreak Rotary meeting

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Bob Dull, chief executive officer of the Griffin Housing Authority, discussed the history of Public housing and how it has evolved over the years, when he recently spoke to the Griffin Daybreak Rotary Club.   Housing authorities are state-chartered and …
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Local students attend Georgia Teen Institute

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Six local students involved with the Spalding County Youth Advisory Council attended the Georgia Teen Institute held at Oxford College of Emory University earlier this month to learn leadership skills and to lay the groundwork for the upcoming year. The …
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The Oaks at Park Pointe recognized in Washington

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The Oaks at Park Pointe, a public housing property for low-income families in Griffin owned by the Griffin Housing Authority and developed by Pennrose Properties, LLC, was named winner of the 22nd Annual Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Awards …
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Volunteers honor “baby gardener”

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Noelle Cravens’ life may have been short, but she has left a lasting legacy in Griffin.   Volunteers young and old alike at the Healthy Life Community Gardens in Griffin were busy Wednesday creating and decorating a section of the …
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All Kinds of Summer Activities

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  Looking for something to do this summer? There are all kinds of events planned this summer including summer camps, sports camps, and those activities with little or no cost. “We continue to provide information on youth activities this summer,” …
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DCA awards $612,000 to Griffin Housing Authority

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The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has awarded more than $6.2 million in grants to 16 community entities across the state to build new single family homes and help homeowners rehabilitate their homes. Grant amounts range from $160,140 to …
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Message to the Collaborative

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To Spalding Collaborative Membership: Most of you are already aware that my tenure as Executive Director for the Spalding Collaborative will end on June 30, 2016.  It has been my honor and privilege to have served with you these last …
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Charity Tracker Connecting Local Nonprofits

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Griffin-Spalding County nonprofits and churches which provide services in the community can now use an online database to track their clients, staff of theSpalding Collaborative announced Wednesday.   About 30 representatives from various charitable organizations attended the Charity Trackerinformational session …
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April is…

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. And to bring awareness to the fact that the issue is very real locally, the Spalding Collaborative’s Healthy Children Strategy Team set up 588 purple pinwheels on the corner of Taylor Street and …
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Spalding Collaborative to Move

The Spalding Collaborative is going to jail — The old county jail on Broad Street. The Spalding County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with Spalding Collaborative Authority for Children and Families to lease the old jail at 230 East …
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Arrowood Spoke to EPI

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Arrowood promoting College and Career Academy Katy Arrowood, the chief executive officer for the Griffin Region College and Career Academy is out promoting the school as an option for students.   Arrowood spoke to the Spalding County Educational Prosperity Initiative …
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Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation awards funding

Rev. Grady Caldwell, pastor of New Mercy Baptist Church, presented Joseph Walker, Executive Director for the Spalding Collaborative, with a $10,000 check from the Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation. The grant is intended to help with the administration of …
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Fairmont looking for community mentors

Impact Racing Ministries is looking for 20 mentors “who are committed to pouring into the life of youth,” said David Dodd.   They will be working with the school system, “with the mentees primarily from Moore Elementary,” Dodd said, and …
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Shoes needed to go in backpacks

The Shoes for Griffin Campaign is collecting new shoes for the children in Spalding County that benefit from the Backpack Food for Kids Program.   There are about 255 children in the program, which provides supplemental food over the weekend …
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Legislators discuss upcoming session

The increases in state revenue will be going to education, according to members of the local legislative delegation. State representatives David Knight of District 130, John Yates of District 73, and State Senator Marty Harbin of District 16 spoke and …
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Heart & Sole

Dear  Collaborative Members and Community Leaders, I am writing to you on behalf of our neediest children in Spalding County that benefit from the Backpack Food for Kids Program.  You already know this program is close to my heart.    It   …
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Shoes for Griffin

We at Field Foot and Ankle are excited to kick off our 2nd Annual Shoes for Griffin Program. We support the efforts of the Spalding Collaborative and the Backpack Food for Kids program. Our goal is to provide a new …
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Police chief shares ‘words of wisdom’ with students.

Griffin Police Chief Steven Heaton spoke with students at A.Z Kelsey Academy, letting them know, “the decisions you make can impact your lives in the long term.” Heaton was speaking with the students as part of the Education Prosperity Initiative’s …
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Red Ribbon Week Proclaimed

The Spalding County Board of Commissioners proclaimed Oct. 26-31, 2015 as Red Ribbon Week. The proclamation was presented to Spalding Collaborative Youth Advisory Council members at Monday’s meeting. The Youth Advisory Council invited all residents to participate in Red Ribbon …
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Get Georgia Reading Summit Inspires Communities to Take Action

More than 65 percent of Georgia’s children are failing to meet the basic standard in reading by the end of third grade, and two out of three children can’t read on grade level when they enter fourth grade. That has …
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Spalding one of five counties targeted by Morehouse grant

Spalding County is one of five counties that the Morehouse School of Medicine will be working with on a teen pregnancy prevention program.   The grant from the Morehouse School of Medicine Health Promotion Resource Center is entitled “Replicating Evidence-Based …
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Morehouse coming to Fairmont to discuss teen pregnancy

Representatives from the Morehouse College School of Medicine will be presenting a program at Thursday’s Educational Prosperity Initiative meeting on teen pregnancy. The meeting begins at 10 a.m., at the Fairmont Community Center, 242 Blanton St., Griffin, and is open …
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Stewards of Children Training

Hello, I am Kim Stephens RN BSN employed by Spalding Regional Hospital as the Community Outreach Coordinator. I also work closely with the Spalding Collaborative where I hold the title of Healthy Children Strategy Chair. The Healthy Children team has …
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Backpack Food for Kids program still serving children

With the 2015-16 school year in full swing, so is the Backpack Food for Kids program. Initiated four years ago by the Spalding Collaborative, UGA-Griffin and the Griffin-Spalding County School System, the program has set out to tackle food insecurity …
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How does Spalding Collaborative rate?

Please take a few minutes to complete the  Spalding Collaborative Self-Assessment for July 1, 2014 through June 30,2015.   Let us know what our Collaborative did right and how to Improve.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BJ3L33W  Please update  your Membership Affiliation with Spalding Collaborative. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RBYG867 …
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Plans finalized for peace rally …

Volunteers and Griffin Police officers will be handing out flyers Saturday for a stop the violence rally on Aug. 22, entitled One Community, One Sound. The rally will be held from 3 to 6 p.m., Aug. 22, starting with a …
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Aware of AWARE?

Griffin-Spalding Schools is one of three school systems in the state participating in Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education). The school board was awarded a 5-year federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) …
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Final Plans for Peace Rally

Plans for a stop the violence rally will be finalized at a community meeting Monday night.   Lisa Fambro of the Fairmont Community said the rally entitled One Community, One Sound, will be held from 3 to 6 p.m., Aug., …
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Peace Walk and Rally

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Plans are coming together for a stop-the-violence rally, scheduled for Aug. 22 in the Fairmont community. Denise Sierra proposed the peace walk and rally to take the neighborhood back from the gang violence. Her son was killed in 2013, shot …
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One Village, One Sound

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The second planning meeting for the One Village One Sound Anti-Violence Rally starts at 5:30 p.m. today.(July 21st) Whether you’re a Fairmont neighborhood community member or just a resident looking to help, you’re invited to take part in this process. …
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5K Scrub Run- September 12, 2015

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Back to School Events on Horizon

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While the annual Back to School Bash held by the Spalding Collaborative has been canceled, there are still others holding similar events this month. Regina Abbott, of the Spalding Collaborative, said the Back to School Bash was not being held …
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Stop Violence

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To take back our neighborhood we have to come together as one! Please join us: Fairmont Neighborhood Meeting Date:       July 7, 2015 Where:    Griffin Impact Center, 223 Kentucky Ave, Griffin, Ga. 30224 Time:       5:30pm 6:30pm

Fairmount Rally Planned

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Fairmont community planning a stop the violence rally Denise Sierra wants to stop the violence in her neighborhood. Sierra lost her teenage son to gang violence in 2013. He was walking away from a fight and was shot in back …
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I Will Intervene Challenge workshops

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May 28, 2015 South Metro MH/SA Professionals Network southmetromhsa@gmail.com The Master Resilience Institute of Armed Forces Mission is pleased to announce the following community workshops as part of the 2015 I WILL INTERVENE CHALLENGE… June 4th L3 (Listen-Learn-Lead) Suicide Intervention …
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A call for Gardeners and Volunteers

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HEALTHY LIFE COMMUNITY GARDEN It is summer time and we will once again be having our summer in the garden program. The Ferst Foundation has volunteered to read to the children and we will have our Junior Master Gardener Club …
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Back to School Bash Cancelled

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BACK TO SCHOOL BASH NOTICE The Executive Committee of the Spalding County Collaborative has made the difficult decision to cancel the Back to School Bash this year due to financial issues. We would like to encourage our members to connect …
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Health Department Surveying Community

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BY RAY LIGHTNER STAFF WRITER RAY@GRIFFINDAILYNEWS.COM May 12,2015 The Spalding County Health Department is going through accreditation, and part of that is a survey of the community. Dawn Walker, the District 4 Health Services quality director and accreditation coordinator, encouraged …
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Community-Wide Listening Session

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Griffin-Spalding County Archway Partnership Invites Citizens to Community-Wide Listening Session GRIFFIN, Ga. – Griffin and Spalding County leaders and the University of Georgia Archway Partnership are hosting listening sessions to better understand the most important issues facing the community. Citizen support …
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New Archway Director Visits City

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New Archway director visits city By Ray Lightner | Posted: Monday, April 20, 2015 7:49 pm Robert E. Gordon Jr., the new director of the Archway Partnership, visited Griffin on his first day on the job, as GriffinSpalding County is the latest …
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Let’s Be Clear Georgia: A Collaborative to Prevent Marijuana Abuse

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Orrs raises funds to provide books for 22 children!!!!!!!!

Wow- Becky Woodruff and Rhonda Grubb headed up a fundraiser at Orrs Elementary in which the children brought change to provide books for Ferst children. Through their hard work (and Becky’s hours of counting coins) 22 children will receive books …
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Domestic Violence Task Force

Griffin Judicial Circuit              Domestic Violence Task Force Vanessa Wilkins, Chair Chandra Wilson, Co-Chair   February 25, 2015 Dear Community Members: The Griffin Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Task force meets on the 3rd Thursday of each …
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Strengthening Families Georgia Training of Trainers

Strengthening Families Georgia (SFG) will be offering a 2-day Training of Trainers on May 14-15 and repeated on July 16-17, 2015 at the Mercer University Regional Academic Center in McDonough. Applications are due May 1st. Upon successful completion of this …
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Impact of Trauma Burnout and Self-Care

The Impact of Trauma Burnout

Georgia, South still low in health rankings

Georgia retained its ranking of 38th in a newly released 2014 state-by-state health report card. Southern states generally ranked at the bottom in the annual report by America’s Health Rankings. The report says Georgia has strengths that include a low …
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Safe to Sleep Display Opportunity

Safe to Sleep Display Opportunity

Almost Mothers Day

GOLF OUTING A fund raiser for (Almost) Mothers Caring House.Almost Mothers Day

Public Health Accreditation Community Needs Assessment

Public Health Accreditation Community Needs Assessment  District 4 Public Health is embarking on an Accreditation journey. In order for the process to be effective, community feedback is critical to understand what issues people face and how public health can help …
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GSCS Implements New Mental Health Program – Project AWARE

February 3, 2015 GSCS Implements New Mental Health Program – Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education)   The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS), along with Newton and Muscogee County School Districts, received a five-year grant from the Georgia …
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An Afternoon of Music: A free concert

Moore Elementary School and the Griffin Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (Partner in Education) will present An Afternoon of Music. This event is designed to say THANK YOU to the Griffin community and the surrounding areas for …
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Project Aware: Summit Invitation “Leading by Convening”

PROJECT AWARE SUMMIT INVITATION “LEADING BY CONVENING” Griffin-Spalding County Schools is one of three school districts in the state to be a part of the Project AWARE Grant. The purpose of this federally funded grant is to increase awareness of …
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An Afternoon of Music: A free concert

Moore Elementary School and the Griffin Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (Partner in Education) will present An Afternoon of Music. This event is designed to say THANK YOU to the Griffin community and the surrounding areas for …
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Griffin-Spalding County Community Health Fair

Saturday, March 14, 2016 from 8-11am at Spalding Senior Center free cholesterol screenings for all adults (18+) by Spalding Regional Hospital other screenings/assessments available Sponsored by Amedisys Home Health Services, Brightmoor Hospice and Spalding Regional Hospital Community Health Fair  

How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development

Norlien Foundation October 10, 2013   The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) is pleased to announce the launch of our first animated video, which presents the core story of brain development in an accessible and visually engaging format for public …
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Georgia, South still low in health rankings

Georgia Health News By Andy Miller December 11, 2014   Georgia retained its ranking of 38th in a newly released 2014 state-by-state health report card. Southern states generally ranked at the bottom in the annual report by America’s Health Rankings. …
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Georgia Moves Toward Goal to End Child Sexual Abuse

Georgia’s Success! State and local support of Darkness to Light has made a huge difference in our mission to end child sexual abuse. It takes caring people to foster a commitment for real change on the community and state levels. One of the …
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Help Wanted: Santa’s Helpers for Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa Flyer 2014   Each year, Spalding County Parks and Recreation hosts their annual Free Breakfast with Santa event at City Park, Ambucs Park, and Fairmont Park Community Centers. This year’s event is on Saturday, December 20, 2014 …
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Shoes for Griffin

Shoes for Griffin Field Foot and Ankle embraces the efforts of the Spalding Collaborative and the Backpack Food for Kids program.  We are partnering with Eagles Way Church and our goal is to provide a new pair of athletic shoes  …
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Criminal Justice Day at UGA-Griffin Campus

The theme of this year’s conference, After Mass Incarceration: Charting a Path to the Future, provides an opportunity for professionals from varied areas of criminal justice — law enforcement, law and the courts, corrections, and the faith community  — to …
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Making Griffin-Spalding Better Together Conference

Conference Synopsis & Event Overlay The Making Griffin/Spalding Better Together Conference is strategically designed for neighborhood organizations, cultural communities, nonprofit organizations, stakeholders, City and County Departments and residents to share best practices, knowledge and gain extensive knowledge of our community …
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Importance of Bonding and Attachment in Creating Healthy & Functional Children

Training Announcement – Turber Seminar

School system received abuse prevention training grant

School system received abuse prevention training grant – Griffin Daily News_ News

USDA volunteers made summer program a success

USDA volunteers made summer program a success – Griffin Daily News_ News

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Trick or Treat in the Garden

Gardeners and Supporters, It will soon be time for Halloween and we, again, are going to have Halloween in the Garden.  This event gives children in the area around the garden a safe and fun place to come to on …
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Math Standards Workshop

Click for Math Standards Flyer Do you struggle helping your elementary student with their math homework? Do you want to learn more about the new Georgia Milestones Assessment? If you answered “yes” to one or both of these questions, then you …
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Collaborative Self-Assessment / July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014

Review FY2014 Self Assessment – Spalding.DRAFT   Leave your feedback, by clicking here.  

A Neighborhood Community Center Built on the Past: Fairmont Rosenwald School Complex as the Centerpiece for Area Revitalization in Griffin, Georgia

The University of Georgia’s Center of Community Design and Preservation (CCDP) at the College of Environment and Design (CED) was invited by a community revitalization task force to help members of the Fairmont community initiate improvements to their neighborhood. The project scope involved creating linkages between the Fairmont Homes public housing campus, …
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New Program at Gordon State College: Weekend College

Gordon State College has a new program that is likely to benefit many of the community members in middle Georgia “Weekend College” is designed for adults who, until now, have been unable to earn a college degree because of important …
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3rd Annual 5K Scrub Run

SCRUB RUN 5K vimeo.com   Spalding Regional Hospital is sponsoring the 3rd Annual 5K Scrub Run on September 13, 2014 at 9:00 am benefiting the Backpack Food for Kids Program. Registration time:  7:45 am – 8:45 am 5K & 1 …
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Mid Georgia Doc Holliday Festival

  Groups to partner for Holliday festival       July 2-  This September, the Old West comes to downtown Griffin as community groups partner to remember one of Griffin’s most famous sons.  The inaugural Mid Georgia Doc Holliday Festival …
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Family Planning Grant Change

DPH Does Not Win Family Planning Grant July 19, 2014 By Andy Miller Georgia Health News   A federal health agency has awarded a three-year, $7.8 million Georgia “family planning services” grant to a coalition led by an Atlanta-based community …
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The Feeding of our Children: Griffin School Nutrition Past and Present

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Second Chance Proves Its Worth

  New information on state recidivism rates and the progress of the Second Chance Act are highlighted in the recent New York Times editorial, “Second Chance Proves Its Worth.” The New York Times editorial board said, “A new study from the National Reentry Resource Center, …
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Imagine the possibilities if every child in Spalding County began kindergarten ready to learn.

What is the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy? OUR MISSION: “PROVIDE BOOKS FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO PREPARE ALL GEORGIA PRESCHOOL CHILDREN FOR READING AND LEARNING SUCCESS.” THE ISSUE: We know that approximately 61 percent of low-income families do not have a …
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Early Neglect and the Brain

Prevent Child Abuse Georgia Free Webinar   August 28th 1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Dr. Diane W. Bales, a Human Development Specialist and Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Georgia, will present on Early …
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Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents

  DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE RELEASE GROUNDBREAKING MODEL POLICY   Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents   WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), in partnership with the International Association …
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Back to School Bash

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AUGUST 2, 2014 AT CITY PARK FROM 11 AM-2 PM. Click link to register:  http://back2school2014.eventbrite.com/?s=25345353 On-line registration while supplies last.  On-site registration available for the first 500. CALL FOR EXHIBITORS Organizations interested in exhibiting at the 2014 Back to School …
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Adult Education & GED Testing

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Free Instruction — Free Books & Materials – Flexible Class Schedules English as a Second Language — Scholarships for GED Testing Fees Spalding County class sites: Southern Crescent Technical College campus Fairmont Community First Assembly of God UGA – Griffin …
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Membership

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Spalding Collaborative encourages participation from diverse community sectors.  Entities may select from multiple levels to indicate their anticipated engagement.  The Characteristics and Benefits of each level are described in the table below. To make your selection, click on https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RBYG867   PARTNER …
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Spalding Collaborative Fact Sheet

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Spalding Collaborative Fact Sheet

Send Spalding YAC to GA Teen Institute

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Hopeville Boys Basketball Camp

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The Anonymous People

Tickets on sale now! Click HERE !   **ATTENTION PEOPLE IN RECOVERY AND OUR ALLIES IN GRIFFIN** Check out the trailer, tell your friends and sign up to see this groundbreaking film! The goal of the movie is to change the conversation from …
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Low Birth Weight a Concern Here (GDN)

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Low birth weight is one of factors in the low health ranking for Spalding County.  Molli Pruitt with the Spalding County Health Department said low birth weight is one of the metrics measured in the study… …continue reading

Healthy Children Conference (GDN)

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Healthy Children Conference

Join us for a day of learning about how to raise a community of Healthy Children.  Learn about Pyschopharmacology issues and developments from our keynote speaker and hear from expert speakers on a variety of topics affecting our children such …
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Food Program Addresses Student Hunger

Spalding Collaborative teamed up with the local school system and partners to provide a Backpack Food for Kids program at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year in an effort to address hunger insecurity issues for children in the community. …
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County OKs Contract for Summer Food Program

County OKs Contract for Summer Food Program March 20, 2014 by Ray Lightner, Staff Writer for Griffin Daily News Spalding County’s summer food program has been contracted out this year. The upside is a cost savings to the county, additional …
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Community rallies days after 11Alive declares Spalding “unhealthiest” metro county

March 25, 2013 by Sheila Mathews 3 Comments Griffinites expressing sentiments ranging from outrage to disbelief, sadness to pessimism spread across social media on March 20 regarding an 11Alive news footage reporting that “one cannot find a less healthy county than Spalding.” The …
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