Do you want Decatur to be a leader in the Atlanta Region’s local food movement?

Do you believe it’s important for your city to prioritize urban agriculture?

Your voice is needed at our upcoming Community Food Forum!

City of Decatur Community Food Forum

Saturday, December 11th, 2021 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Legacy Park, 500 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030

The City of Decatur applied to develop the Atlanta region’s second City Agriculture Plan in partnership with Food Well Alliance and the Atlanta Regional Commission and has been chosen to move forward with the next step of the selection process – holding a Community Food Forum for Decatur residents. The Community Food Forum is an opportunity for residents to learn more about the City Agriculture Plan process, voice their support for a strong local food system, and ask questions.

The City Agriculture Plan program aims to bring local governments together with their communities to create plans incorporating urban agriculture and local food into the next phase of cities’ development. Food Well Alliance and the Atlanta Regional Commission will select one city to develop a City Agriculture Plan in 2022. The Community Food Forums will inform the selection process by assessing the readiness and enthusiasm of each city to participate in the comprehensive and inclusive planning process.

All City of Decatur residents are encouraged to reflect on how support for local growers and increased access to local food and agricultural goods can enhance their vision for the City of Decatur’s growth and attend the forum to learn more. Register for the Forum here!

National Crossing Guard Week

Decatur named Carolyn Shorter as Decatur’s Crossing Guard of the Year!

Carolyn Shorter embodies everything the Decatur community wants in a school crossing guard. She genuinely LOVES working with and for children and it shows in her attitude and how she serves as a crossing guard. Carolyn brings joy and fun with her every single day.

“Ms. Carolyn is a wonderful crossing guard and absolutely goes above and beyond. My 4th grader has dismissed me from walking him to/from school, so I don’t see Ms. Carolyn often any more. But she absolutely puts herself between the kids and any dangerous traffic situation. She encourages them and takes the time to build a rapport so that they are more likely to listen and follow her direction. She is a trusted and beloved presence in the school community.” – Sara Weathersby, Parent

“Carolyn has shown herself to be very dependable and professional. She embraces her position and goes above and beyond to make it not only safe, but fun and enjoyable for those around her. Whether it’s through finding neon colored apparel to match her uniform, or giving treats to the kids on Fridays, Carolyn creates an environment that makes everyone want to be a crossing guard.” – Sgt. Phillip Nembheard, Decatur Police Department Crossing Guard Supervisor

Join us in congratulating, Carolyn Shorter, as Decatur’s Crossing Guard of the year! We also want to thank all of our crossing guards for a job well-done!

It’s National School Bus Safety Week!

Be Safe: Know the Danger Zone

Buses are big! If you can’t see the driver, the driver can’t see you. Protect yourself and others by staying out of the danger zone with the following safety tips.

  1. No Touch Zone – If you can touch the bus, you’re too close
  2. Keep your Distance – Stay 10 feet away from all sides of the school bus
  3. Stay Alert – Look to the left and right before entering or exiting the bus
  4. Wait for the OK – Wait for the driver’s signal to cross and never cross behind the bus

Don’t forget to show extra appreciation for your bus drivers this week!

Decatur Parents Network hosting “The Science of Addiction Recovery” speaker series.

Join the Decatur Parents Network for National Recovery Month tomorrow, September 29th at 7pm via Zoom.. Hear from Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist , Susan Morley, about The Science of Addiction Recovery. Scan the QR code below to register for the speaker series.

Mobile Recreation Center next Tuesday at Ebster Field

We hope to see you at Ebster Field next Tuesday, July 20th for some summer fun! We have games and sports for us to play. See you there!

Chalk the Park – Tomorrow, July 1 at Scott Park

2021 RWTD 5K Poster(s) Unveiled

Artist Adam Pinsley has done it again – he has created another great poster for the annual Run With the Dogs 5k. Well, actually there are two! This year’s “dog of honor” is Milo, a very well behaved AussieOllie (part Australian Shepard and part border collie.) The poster was unveiled on Wednesday, with the artist, Milo and his family present.

Run with the Dogs 5K is an annual fundraiser of the Decatur Bulldogs Boosters and supports the athletic programs at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School.

The Boosters raise money annually to meet the needs of student athletes, including uniforms and equipment. These funds are used to support 685 student athletes on all 25 teams representing 14 sports at Decatur High and Renfroe Middle Schools.

The 5K run/walk race will be a bit different than previous years. Register now, and you can run the race any time between January 23 and 31, 2021. You can report your time through Chronotrack.  T-shirts and award pick up days will be Feb. 13 from 10 a.m.-noon and Feb. 14 from 2-3 p.m. The team is also working on a t-shirt pick-up during the race window for participants who register before Jan 4, 2021.

 Visit www.rwtd5k.com for more information and registration. All entry fees are non-refundable.

School Board Session to Discuss Senior Homestead Exemption

Are you interested in learning more about the development of the plan to address the CSD’s Senior Homestead exemption? If so, please plan to virtually attend this Board Work Session with the Senior Homestead Exemption committee coming up this Tuesday, October 27 at 6:30 pm. Information on how to join the zoom call or how to call into the meeting can be found below. For more about this process, please visit https://www.csdecatur.net/Page/4212.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time Link to Webinar:  https://csdecatur.zoom.us/j/91242530790

Meeting ID: 912 425 30790 One tap mobile +1646.558.8656, 912 425 30790# US (NY)

DeKalb County Offering Free Baby Café 

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The DeKalb County Board of Health has partnered with Reaching our Sisters Everywhere, Inc. (ROSE) to improve coordinated breastfeeding support services by opening a Baby Café. 

The Baby Café is a national network of community-based, drop-in breastfeeding support sites offering on-going, high-quality lactation care at no cost. It’s a free resource for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to get support and to share experiences with other moms. 

In response to COVID-19 social distancing requirements, the ROSE baby café will be held online until further notice.

The café offers:

  • Free education and support, such as advice on baby latching, positioning, and returning to work.
  • Discussions led by lactation support providers.
  • A welcoming environment.
  • A safe place to ask questions and have an open discussion.

 

ROSE was provided a license to operate the Baby Café through a grant supported by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Pregnant and new moms learn how to properly breastfeed with access to trained lactation support providers, including Breastfeeding Peer Counselors, Certified Lactation Counselors and International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants.

 The Baby Café is online every Monday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Families must pre-register to participate by visiting http://www.breastfeedingrose.org/rosebabycafe/.

 For more information about the Baby Café, call 404-508-7847 or email dekalb.ocdp@dph.ga.gov.

 

Have a Good Night’s Sleep

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From our friends at MondayCampaigns.org

Lack of sleep can lead to burnout and can trigger or exacerbate a number of physical and mental health issues, ranging from chronic pain and high blood pressure to anxiety and depression.

And although we may be aware of the consequences of getting too little sleep, that doesn’t make going to bed any simpler. Thankfully, there are proven methods to improve the duration and quality of your sleep. Dr. Pooja Amy Shah, assistant professor at Columbia University and an authority on integrative medicine, offers a number of different techniques that you can incorporate into your nightly ritual to make falling asleep easier.

Read more here.