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Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

ATLANTA -- Georgia students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The awards program began searching for its next batch of honorees this week. Recipients of the award are young people who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

"We have been recognizing youth volunteers since 1995 and still, every year, we're amazed by the stories of exemplary community service," Prudential chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said in a statement. "We look forward to honoring the top youth volunteers of 2013 for their selflessness, their initiative and their dedication to changing communities for the better."

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

ATLANTA -- Enjoy a cool treat and help kids in need at the same time on Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat Day.

On Thursday, June 26, the fast food chain will donate one dollar from every Blizzard Treat sold to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which provides funding for 170 children's hospitals in North America.

Learn more at miracletreatday.com.

Children of Conservation Offers Dinner & A Cause Cards Starting June 1

Children of Conservation Offers Dinner & A Cause Cards Starting June 1

Children of Conservation is once again giving Atlanta residents the opportunity to save at some of the city’s top restaurants while also supporting an important cause. The non-profit organization known for providing an otherwise unavailable education to children of wildlife sanctuary workers in Africa is teaming up with over 85 local restaurants in all areas of Atlanta for its second annual Dinner & A Cause Card fundraiser.

Habitat High program prepares students for future

Habitat High program prepares students for future

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- West Hall High School is the latest recipient of $500 from 11Alive and the NBC News Education Nation initiative.

The school received the money for its Habitat High program, which gives students from all six Hall County high schools the opportunity to participate in Habitat for Humanity.

While they build the houses, students also learn valuable skills that will come in handy when they enter the workforce after graduation.

11Alive education reporter Donna Lowry presented Habitat High representatives with the $500 check Tuesday morning.

Radiance Solar Installs Habitat for Humanity’s First Solar Array on Home in Forsyth County

Radiance Solar Installs Habitat for Humanity’s First Solar Array on Home in Forsyth County

CUMMING, Ga. -- Radiance Solar, Siemens and Habitat for Humanity recently dedicated Habitat’s first solar home built in the state of Georgia. The keys to the Energy-Star-rated home in Forsyth County were given to homeowner Melonie Lingo and her teenage children Madie and Luke after 14 weeks of working side-by-side with Radiance staff, Siemens employee volunteers and Habitat construction crew leaders.

Siemens is the primary sponsor, contributing $100,000 along with employee construction volunteers and Siemens Microinverter System solar technology that converts the sun’s power into safe, affordable electric power to save the family hundreds of dollars annually on their electric bills.

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

ATLANTA -- All of the Chick-fil-A restaurants in metro Atlanta will host a special mother-son Date Knight on Saturday, Apr. 28.

The Date Knight format will be similar to that of the franchise's massively popular Daddy-Daughter Date Nights. It will give mothers and sons a special chance to enjoy some quality time together.

The event will have a medieval theme, hence the "Knight" part of its title.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with," Robin Lomax, Chick-fil-A area marketing director, said in a statement. "We understand the importance of mother-son relationships and want to encourage local moms to come to Chick-fil-A, enjoy their sons' company over a meal and have fun."