Monthly Archives: June 2010

Ron Clark Academy’s First Graduates Honored at Star-Studded Affair

RonClarkGraduation-0001O, what a night!  The inaugural class at the Ron Clark Academy is celebrated at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center on Wednesday, June 16, 2010.  Ron Clark opens the event in grand fashion and keeps it green and program free, keeping the show secret and saving the earth.

First, Yolanda Adams joins RCA on stage and adds something special to her song, “The Best of Me,” a piece the RCA students regularly perform and have made their own throughout their middle school education.

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The RCA underclassman back up the gospel star. . . with pomp and circumstance.

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Oprah has contributed nearly $2 million to the Ron Clark Academy.

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The eighth graders she greeted after her well wishes will likely remember her presence at the graduation at least as fondly as her generous contributions.

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Rounding out the evening and sending the kids off in style, a personal appearance by two members of the Grammy-award winning group Boys II Men brought more tears to the room.

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Ron Clark and Kim Bearden keep it going, passing out diplomas and participating in a little impromtu dance with a few of the 20 graduates.

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Ladies and gentleman, the 2010 graduating class of the Ron Clark Academy.

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Working on our 4th year of burger eating with Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta

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AEP is thrilled to annually cover an event that feeds community servants for a few quarters.  Every year on June 14th, Hard Rock .79 cent burgers invite fire trucks and police cars to the corner of Peachtree and Andrew Young International.
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his year the Guns and Hoses burger eating competition expanded to include a third team.

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The EMTs of Grady Hospital stopped in and made a burger eating impression.

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With 8 minutes on the clock the competition begins.

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Atlanta Fire were defending their victory in 2009.

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Atlanta Police worked with a strong Red Dog fan base.

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The teams have buckets behind and a prize Legendary Burger as the goal.

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And the winner . . . without the need for a recount.

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Team EMT from Grady Hospital.  New to the game and giving Fire and Police a reason to practice.

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Thanks Hard Rock for an awesome Founders’ Day.  Let’s do it again next year.

North American Leadership Conference

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Lunch is served on the 50-yard line at the Georgia Dome, home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.  Laughter is indeed the best medicine as attendees are treated to the comedy of Atlanta’s own Jeff Foxworthy.

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Children’s Circle of Care members convene at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center to hear presentations by prominent pediatric physicians, scientists and researchers selected from the 25 children’s hospitals that participate in the CCC program…

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…and to see some live entertainment.

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The conference ends in grand fashion as guests are treated to cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dinner at a private viewing of the Georgia Aquarium, the world’s largest.

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