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Teens who text too much are losing speaking skills

Teens who text too much are losing speaking skills

ATLANTA -- When it comes to teens and texting, how much is too much?

"I text my friends, I text my family, as I'm riding passenger in a car, I text street signs," said Austin Wierschke, a junior from Rhinelander, Wis. and winner of the 2012 U.S. National Texting Championship.

"I've walked into walls, people, a door, lockers, just like not paying attention," said Mary Richard Weiss, a junior at Walton High School in Marietta. 

Mary Richard Weiss admits she texts constantly while in school.

"Probably most of the class periods, like all day basically," she said.

Her mother admits she doesn't like how much time her daughter spends texting.

"It is hard to hear (about her daughter texting in class). The e-mails and calls from her teachers. It is upsetting," said Jenny Long, Mary Richard's mother.

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

ATLANTA -- Chick-fil-A's wildly popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night will return in February.

More than 100 Atlanta- and Athens-area Chick-fil-A restaurants will host the event on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Every couple in attendance will receive an activity sheet with conversation topics and a booklet called "Continuing the Conversation," which gives the dads and daughters suggestions for getting to know each other better.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we serve," Chick-fil-A area marketing director Robin Lomax said in a statement. "We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage dads to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their daughters' company over a meal and have fun."

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

ATLANTA -- More than 200 metro Atlanta middle school students attended a peace rally and workshop hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. over the weekend.

The rally was a kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, which begins Monday. 40 Days of Peace is a commitment to kindness and service that encourages young people to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Saturday's rally, speakers encouraged attendees to stop bullying and stay out of gangs. Police officers gave a presentation on how to interact with law enforcement.

A concurrent workshop for the parents in attendance focused on implementing strategies to keep children safe and on the right track in life.

AKA holding peace rally for middle school students

AKA holding peace rally for middle school students

ATLANTA -- Members of metro Atlanta's chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will hold a peace rally and workshop for middle school students over the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Ivy Community Center in southwest Atlanta. It is part of the 40 Days of Peace project, which aims to spread service and kindness through the country.

The peace rally and workshop will aim to teach young people about Dr. King's mission, and to raise awareness of crime and crime prevention strategies. Law enforcement members will also give an interactive presentation to encourage children to stamp out gangs and bullying.

Middle school students from several metro Atlanta counties -- Cobb, Cherokee, Clayton, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale -- are expected to participate.

Cherokee Christmas event to benefit Save the Horses

Cherokee Christmas event to benefit Save the Horses

CUMMING, Ga. -- Save the Horses is hosting a Native Nativity Cherokee Christmas in Forsyth County this weekend.

The fun begins at 12 p.m. Saturday with Native American stories, food, dance and, of course, horses.

Cherokee Christmas is free to attend, but donations are strongly encouraged.

Save the Horses is located at 1786 Newt Green Road in Cumming. Learn more at savethehorses.org.

Christmas light shows in Forsyth County

Christmas light shows in Forsyth County

There are lots of great light displays around Atlanta this year!  But you can also stay close to home and make some great memories with some Residential Christmas Light Shows in Forsyth County also!  Plus these local, residential shows won’t break the bank AND they’re for great causes as well!

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Santa in Forsyth County

Santa in Forsyth County

There are lots of opportunities for your children (or maybe yourself!) to see Santa in Forsyth County this year.  We know from previous years, that this list will continue to grow as we get more into December.  We’ll continue to update this round-up accordingly!

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