🌱 Mentor Me North Georgia Inc. Grant + Forsyth County Book Ban Battle

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Hello, hello! It’s me, Sean Peek, your host of the Cumming Patch newsletter. Here’s all the community news you need to know right now. Today’s briefing includes news about:

  • Mentor Me North Georgia in Cumming receives grant
  • Forsyth County at the center of book ban battles
  • Nearby John’s Creek local to be honored in Phoenix

But first, today’s weather:

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Mostly sunny and hot. High: 97 Low: 74.


Here are the top five stories in Cumming today:

  1. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has granted over $110,000 in youth literacy funding to Georgia nonprofits, libraries, and schools, with an estimated positive impact on almost 9,000 individuals. In Cumming, Mentor Me North Georgia, Inc. received $2,180. The grants aim to enhance children’s reading enjoyment and lay the groundwork for future educational growth. The foundation’s executive director, Denine Torr, expressed pride in supporting literacy and education programs and looks forward to further positive impacts, while also announcing the availability of grant applications for 2024 starting in January. (Yahoo! news)
  2. Georgia’s Republican-backed law for book challenges in schools, implemented on Jan. 1, has seen limited usage, attributed to its restriction allowing only parents of current students to challenge books. The law was aimed at curbing challenges to books with themes on sexuality, gender, race, and religion. While Forsyth County has been a battleground for conservative efforts against certain books, many other large Georgia districts have reported no book challenges under the new law, and concerns have arisen that the law’s narrow scope might be limiting its intended impact. (WABE)
  3. Down the road, Johns Creek local Lewis J. Walker β€” a notable figure in the field of financial planning β€” is set to receive recognition as a pioneer in the profession at the 2023 Financial Planning Association convention in Phoenix, AZ. Walker, who graduated in 1975, is among the earliest graduates of the College for Financial Planning and played a significant role in shaping the financial planning industry. He served as the national president of the Institute for Certified Financial Planners and has contributed extensively to the Journal of Financial Planning, along with being a weekly columnist for various newspapers. (Appen Media)
  4. Discover the power of resilience with Best Brainsβ€”a place where failure is embraced as a stepping stone to success. This opportunity helps to nurture a child’s academic growth, build confidence, and cultivate a passion for learning. At this time, specific locations are offering free registartion. To learn more about this opportunity, click here. (Best Brains Learning Centers via Facebook)
  5. Forsyth County 4-H is calling all students in grades 6-8 for the Georgia 4-H Engineering Challenge. The program has limited space and registration will be open until Sep. 2. To learn more or to register a child, click here. (Forsyth County Georgia 4-H via Facebook)

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Today in Cumming:

Tuesday, August 22

  • Baby Play Day At Post Road Library (10:00 AM)
  • NAMI Family And Connection Support Group At United Way Forsyth County Community Room (6:45 PM)
  • Live Music Bingo At The Black Diamond Grill (7:30 PM)

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Now you’re in the loop and ready to head out the door on this Tuesday! See you all tomorrow morning for your next update.

β€” Sean Peek

About me: Sean Peek is a writer and entrepreneur with a degree in English Literature from Weber State University. Over the years, he has worked as a copywriter, editor, SEO specialist, and marketing director for various digital media companies. He currently co-owns and operates content creation agency Lightning Media Partners.



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