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These Schools Made The Pledge, WHAT ABOUT YOURS? | Bazoline E. Usher/Collier Heights Elementary School | Gideons Elementary School | Lin Elementary School | Parkside Elementary School | Whitefoord Elementary School | THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE PLEDGE | Finch Elementary School | Blandy Hills Elementary School | Creekside Elementary School | Eagle Ridge Elementary School | Midway Elementary School | Alexander II Magnet School | HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS HAVE MADE THE PLEDGE | Barden Elementary School | Bernd Elementary School | Brookdale Elementary School | Bruce Elementary School | Burdell-Hunt Elementary School | THESE SCHOOLS MADE THE PLEDGE, WHAT ABOUT YOURS? | Burghard Elementary School | Carter Elementary School | Hartley Elementary School | Heard Elementary School | Heritage Elementary School | Ingram/Pye Elementary School | THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE PLEDGE | Jones Elementary School | King - Danforth Elementary School | Lane Elementary School | Morgan Elementary School | Porter Elementary School | Rice Elementary School | HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS HAVE MADE THE PLEDGE | Riley Elementary School | Rosa Taylor Elementary School | Skyview Elementary School | Springdale Elementary School | Union Elementary School | Vineville Academy | THESE SCHOOLS MADE THE PLEDGE, WHAT ABOUT YOURS? | Williams Elementary School | Buford Academy | Carrollton Elementary School | Carrollton Middle-Upper Elementary School | Low Elementary School | Canton Elementary School | THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE PLEDGE | Indian Knoll Elementary School | Oak Grove Elementary School | Holly Springs Elementary School | Chickamauga Elementary School | Barnett Shoals Elementary School | Acworth Intermediate School | HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS HAVE MADE THE PLEDGE | Addison Elementary School | Bells Ferry Elementary School | Big Shanty Elementary School | Blackwell Elementary School | Chalker Elementary School | Due West Elementary School | THESE SCHOOLS MADE THE PLEDGE, WHAT ABOUT YOURS? | Eastvalley Elementary School | Harmony-Leland Elementary School | Hollydale Elementary School | Keheley Elementary School | Mableton Elementary School | McCall Primary School | THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE PLEDGE | Milford Elementary School | Mountain View Elementary School | Nickajack Elementary School | Pickett's Mill Elementary | Powder Springs Elementary School | Shallowford Falls Elementary School | HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS HAVE MADE THE PLEDGE | Smryna Elementary School | Still Elementary School | Tritt Elementary School | Vaughan Elementary School | Argyle Elementary School | Austell Elementary School | THESE SCHOOLS MADE THE PLEDGE, WHAT ABOUT YOURS? | Baker Elementary School | Belmont Hills Elementary School | Birney Elementary School | Brown Elementary School | Brumby Elementary School | Bryant Elementary School | THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE PLEDGE | Bullard Elementary School | Cheatham Hill Elementary School | Clarkdale Elementary School | Clay Elementary School | Compton Elementary School | Davis Elementary School | HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS HAVE MADE THE PLEDGE | Dowell Elementary School | East Side Elementary School | Fair Oaks Elementary School | Ford Elementary School | Frey Elementary School | Garrison Mill Elementary School | THESE SCHOOLS MADE THE PLEDGE, WHAT ABOUT YOURS? | Green Acres Elementary School | Hayes Elementary School | Hendricks Elementary School | International Academy of Smyrna Kemp Elementary School | Kennesaw Charter School | THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE PLEDGE | Kennesaw Elem School | Kincaid Elementary School | King Springs Elementary School | LaBelle Elementary School | Lewis Elementary School | Mount Bethel Elementary School | HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS HAVE MADE THE PLEDGE | Murdock Elementary School | Nicholson Elementary School | Norton Park Elementary School | Pitner Elementary School | Powers Ferry Elementary School | Riverside Intermediate School | THESE SCHOOLS MADE THE PLEDGE, WHAT ABOUT YOURS? | Riverside Primary School | Rocky Mount Elementary School | Russell Elementary School | Sanders Elementary School | Sedalia Park Elementary School | Sope Creek Elementary School | THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE PLEDGE | Teasley Elementary School | Timber Ridge Elementary School | Varner Elementary School | Greenbrier Elementary School | River Ridge Elementary South Columbia Elementary School | HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS HAVE MADE THE PLEDGE | Grovetown Elementary School | North Columbia Elementary School | Black's Mill Elementary School | Elcan-King Elementary School | John Johnson Elementary School | Jones-Wheat Elementary School | THESE SCHOOLS MADE THE PLEDGE, WHAT ABOUT YOURS? | Potter Street Elementary School | West Bainbridge Elementary School | Kittredge Magnet School | Live Oak Elementary School | Morningside Elementary School | Sherwood Acres Elementary School | THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE PLEDGE | Turner Elementary School | Annette Winn Elementary School | Arbor Station Elementary School | Beulah Elementary School | Bill Arp Elementary School | Bright Star Elementary School | HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS HAVE MADE THE PLEDGE | Brighten Academy Burnett Elementary School | Chapel Hill Elementary School | Dorsett Shoals Elementary School | Eastside Elementary School | Factory Shoals Elementary School | THESE SCHOOLS MADE THE PLEDGE, WHAT ABOUT YOURS? | Holly Springs Elementary Lithia Springs Elementary School | Mason Creek Elementary School | Mirror Lake Elementary School | Mount Carmel Elementary School | New Manchester Elementary School | THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE PLEDGE | North Douglas Elementary School | South Douglas Elementary School | Sweetwater Elementary School | Winston Elementary School | Springfield Elementary School | E. C. West Elementary School | HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS HAVE MADE THE PLEDGE | Hembree Springs Elementary School | Ocee Elementary School | Cliftondale Elementary School | Stonewall Tell Elementary School | Centennial Arts Academy Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy THESE SCHOOLS MADE THE PLEDGE, WHAT ABOUT YOURS? | Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School | Gainesville Exploration Academy New Holland Core Knowledge Academy Britt Elementary School | Corley Elementary School | Lovin Elementary School | THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE PLEDGE | Parsons Elementary School | Roberts Elementary School | Susan Stripling Elementary School | Cedar Hill Elementary School | Lawrenceville Elementary School | Level Creek Elementary School | HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS HAVE MADE THE PLEDGE | Shiloh Elementary School | Woodward Mill Elementary School | Fairview Elementary School | Sardis Elementary School | Wauka Mountain Elementary School | Chestnut Mountain Elementary School | THESE SCHOOLS MADE THE PLEDGE, WHAT ABOUT YOURS? | Chicopee Elementary School | Flowery Branch Elementary School | Friendship Elementary School | Lanier Elementary School | Lula Elementary School | Lyman Hall Elementary School | THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE PLEDGE | Martin Elementary School | McEver Elementary School | Mount Vernon Elementary School | Myers Elementary School | Oakwood Elementary School | Riverbend Elementary School | HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS HAVE MADE THE PLEDGE | Spout Springs Elementary School | Sugar Hill Elementary Tadmore Elementary School | White Sulphur Elementary School | World Language Academy Bethlehem Elementary School | THESE SCHOOLS MADE THE PLEDGE, WHAT ABOUT YOURS? | Hampton Elementary School | Pleasant Grove Elementary School | Timber Ridge Elementary School | Linwood Elementary School | Parkwood Elementary School | Hilltop Elementary School | THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE PLEDGE | Lake Joy Primary School | Benton Elementary School | Jenkins County Elementary School | Dames Ferry Elementary School | Gray Elementary School | Mattie Wells Elementary School | HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS HAVE MADE THE PLEDGE | Turner Woods Elementary School | Button Gwinnett Elementary School | Frank Long Elementary School | Lyman Hall Elementary School | Joseph Martin Elementary School | Liberty Elementary School | THESE SCHOOLS MADE THE PLEDGE, WHAT ABOUT YOURS? | Taylors Creek Elementary School | Waldo Pafford Elementary School | Lumpkin County Elementary School | Burruss Elementary School | Dunleith Elementary School | Hickory Hills Elementary School | THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE PLEDGE | Lockheed Elementary School | Marietta Center for Advanced Academics Park Street Elementary School | Sawyer Road Elementary West Side Elementary School | Katherine B. Sutton Elementary School | HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS HAVE MADE THE PLEDGE | Samuel E. Hubbard Elementary School | Morgan County Primary School | Morgan County Elementary School | Oglethorpe County Elementary School | C. A. Roberts Elementary School | Rollins Elementary School | THESE SCHOOLS MADE THE PLEDGE, WHAT ABOUT YOURS? | Barksdale Elementary School | Hightower Trail Elementary School | Lorraine Elementary School | East Central Elementary School | Jackson Road Elementary School | Crescent Road Elementary School | THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE PLEDGE | Atlanta Area School | for the Deaf Georgia Academy for the Blind Georgia School | for the Deaf Big A Elementary School | Stewart County Elementary School | Lyons Primary School | HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS HAVE MADE THE PLEDGE | Towns County Elementary School | Pleasant Grove Elementary School |

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October 2018 Partner of the Month: CDF Action

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CDF Action, established in 2010, engages Clarkston, Georgia residents and partners to craft innovative, culturally-sound, community-driven education initiatives, building on community assets. CDF Action’s mission is to transform education so Clarkston’s children and youth will be nurtured, supported and prepared to learn – from early childhood through postsecondary education. 

 

CDF Action formed the Clarkston Early Learning Network (CELN), made up of a group of individuals, agencies, public officials and others, to promote early learning and literacy for all children ages birth to eight. While sharing the importance of language acquisition and literacy, CDF Action also shared the importance of healthy eating and physical fitness, with families in Clarkston where over 60 languages are spoken in a square mile.

 

CDF Action and CELN are currently working on a strategic early learning and literacy plan that builds on programs like Eat. Move. Talk!, an initiative of the Georgia Department of Public Health, and other assets and will actualize their vision of a Clarkston where all families have access quality early childhood education and care – including access to healthy food, physical activity, and language rich environments.

 

CELN’s signature event is the annual “Clarkston Tell Me a Story!” festival. This free, family-oriented event is a celebration of culture, literacy and language. In 2018 CELN held their sixth festival, and it was attended by over 350, including children, families, partners, food vendors and sponsors. The theme of this year’s storytelling event was Eat. Move. Talk!. The storytelling event celebrated healthy eating and movement as activities for families’ daily lives. 

 

 

Sixteen partners had literacy games like book-making and recipe-creating. Participants could also work on a llama project with the Michael C. Carlos Museum, try a juicy red apple at the Nam Dae Mun Farmers Market table, or engage in play with puppets from the Atlanta Puppetry Guild. The festival favorite was the Center for Puppetry Arts which helped children create their own puppet.

 

The Clarkston Tell Me A Story Festival! kicked off a citywide campaign to share Eat. Move Talk! messages. With support from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement and Literacy for All, CDF has organized local pop-up literacy events and used existing activities to share Eat. Move. Talk! activities and messages.

 

For example, at one event for families from Iraq and Sudan, families used Eat. Move. Talk! easy-to-read parent tips, translated into Arabic, to discuss healthy eating, moving and talking. The discussion was led by Shahed Waheeb, translator for the event. Each mom picked one tip and created SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, results-oriented and timely) goals based on that tip. Families also read an over-sized children’s book together and explored increasing their vocabulary in English and Arabic.

 

 

At an event with the summer Pre-K program at Early Learning Scholars, CDF staff members gave an interactive presentation on Eat. Move. Talk! and shared books from the Mayor’s Summer Reading Project. Parents practiced how to lead their children in movement while introducing new words and concepts in English and in their home languages. Parents also learned new strategies from each other to support healthy eating and moving with the kids.   

 

Furthermore, at the literacy table at the Clarkston National Night Out, children and their families were able to choose age-appropriate books that interested them with the help of volunteers. There were books about animals, sports, famous people and more. One mother said it was like being in a book store, but better. They could pick out the books they wanted based on their child’s interest, not the cost.  Eat. Move. Talk! recipe cards were also available at the event, and it was a great opportunity to share simple tips for healthy habits and to grow children’s love for books. Other literacy, health, and fitness events are being planned this fall at community gardens and apartment complexes.

 

Finally, CDF Action recently implemented a new initiative called “Walk with a Doc,” developed with Dr. Heval Kelli, a cardiologist at Emory University. The walk is an opportunity for community members of all ages to walk together and learn about a health issue. Before each walk, Dr. Kelli or a medical resident, gives a mini-talk on issues such as blood pressure, diabetes and healthy eating. Walkers of all ages then walk the local hiking trail to talk about health and wellness. A literacy table with free books and information is available at each walk. 

 

 To learn more about CDF Action, visit their website at: http://cdfaction.org/

 

 

About Eat. Move. Talk!

Eat. Move. Talk! works with educators to help young children build healthy habits through language rich interactions. The program integrates Georgia Shape and Talk with Me Baby, a program that increases meaningful conversations with babies to support learning language and developing babies’ brains. Eat. Move. Talk! also shares the message that conversations with babies and children are valuable in all languages, especially in home languages.

 

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