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2012 Sales Tax Holiday

Sales Tax Holiday August 10-11, 2012 During the August 10-11 sales tax holiday, the following items will be exempt:Clothing

(including footwear) with a sales price of $100.00 or less per item. The exemptionexcludes clothing accessories such as jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, eyewear, watches, and watchbands.

Examples of exempt items:

Antique/vintage clothing Aprons, household and shop Athletic clothing (e.g., ski wear, uniforms, tennis apparel) Athletic pads Athletic supporters Baby receiving blankets Baby clothes Bandanas Bathing suits and caps Bathing suit cover-ups Belts and suspenders Belts for weightlifting or back support Blouses Bras Caps and hats Coats and jackets of all types Capes, shawls, and wraps Corsets and corset laces Costumes Coveralls Dresses Diapers, children and adult, including disposable and reusable diapers and diaper covers Ear muffs Football pads Footwear of all types including cleated and spiked shoes Formal wear Garters and garter belts Girdles Gloves and mittens for any purpose Hats and caps Hand muffs Headbands (athletic) Helmets Hosiery Insoles and inserts for shoes Knee pads Lab coats Leg warmers Leotards and tights Lingerie Neckties and bowties Pants Rainwear Robes Scarves Shin guards Shirts Shoe laces Shorts and skorts  Skates (ice, roller, roller blades) Skirts Sleepwear Socks Suits Sweaters T-shirts Underwear including long or thermal underwear Uniforms, athletic and non-athletic Vests

Examples of taxable items:

Baby bibs Belt buckles sold separately Briefcases Clothing accessories or equipment Clothing that is rented or leased Corsages and boutonnieres Cosmetics Crib blankets Cuff links Diaper bags Eyewear, nonprescription Fanny packs Hair notions including, but not limited to, barrettes, hair bows, and hair nets Handbags Handkerchiefs Hard hats Jewelry Key cases Life jackets and vests

The exemption does not apply to: Items used in a trade or business or for resale, or rentals; or sales in theme parks, entertainment complexes, public lodging establishments, restaurants, or airports.


During the August 10-11 sales tax holiday, the following items will be exempt:Single purchases, with a sales price of $1,000.00 or less, of personal computers and personalcomputer-related accessories. The exemption excludes cellular devices, furniture, and computer-relatedaccessories designed for recreational use.

Examples of exempt items:

Batteries (designed for a computer) Cables (computer)  Car adaptors for laptops Central processing units Compact disk drives Computers including electronic book readers and laptop, desktop, handheld, tablet, and tower computers, consisting of a central processing unit, random access memory, and a storage drive Data storage devices (e.g., DVDs, CDs, flash drives, diskettes, memory cards) (excluding those designed for use in digital cameras or other taxable items) Docking stations (designed for a computer)  Hard drives (computer) Keyboards (computer) Memory Microphones Modems Monitors Motherboard Mouses Nonrecreational software (e.g., antivirus, word processing, financial, database, educational) Personal digital assistant devices (except cellular telephones) Port replicators Printer cartridges Printers (including "all-in-one" models) Routers Scanners Speakers (computer) Web cameras Zip drives

Examples of taxable items:

Batteries (regular) Cases for electronic devices CDs/DVDs (music, voice or prerecorded item) Cellular telephones Computer bags Computers for recreation (games and toys) Copy machines Digital cameras Games and gaming software Game controllers (e.g., joy sticks) Game systems and consoles MP3 Players or accessories Projectors Rented computers or computer accessories Surge protectors  Televisions  

The exemption does not apply to: Items used in a trade or business or for resale, or rentals; or sales in theme parks, entertainment complexes, public lodging establishments, restaurants, or airports.

School Supplies

During the August 10-11 sales tax holiday, the following items will be exempt:General school supplies to be used in the classroom or in classroom-related activities with a salesprice of $20.00 or less per item.

Examples of exempt items:

Appointment books Book bags, including backpack-style bags Book covers Bookmarks Calculators Chalk Children's books Clipboards Compasses Composition books Correction fluid Crayons Daily planners and agendas Dictionaries Dividers Erasers, chalkboard and pencil File jackets Flash cards Folders Glue Highlighters Index cards Ink Ink cartridges Labels Loose-leaf binders Lunch boxes Markers Notebooks and memo books Organizers Paper (e.g., notebook, construction, printer, graph, easel pads) Paper clips Paste Pencil boxes Pencil lead Pencil sharpeners Pencils Pens Portfolios Protractors Rubber bands Rulers Scissors Sheet protectors Staplers and staples Sticky notes Tape and tape refills Thesauruses


Examples of taxable items:

  • Books (except children's books, dictionaries and thesauruses)
  • Briefcases
  • Envelopes
  • Janitorial Supplies
  • Medical Supplies
  • Supplies used in a trade or business

The exemption does not apply to: Items used in a trade or business or for resale, or rentals; or sales in theme parks, entertainment complexes, public lodging establishments, restaurants, or airports.

KISS 104 Day of Action

These are still tough economic times, with nearly 2 million Georgia residents living in poverty. Join United Way on June 21 for its national Day of Action volunteer effort to help those in need. Locally, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta is asking businesses, nonprofits, civic groups, government, families and individuals to set up and take part in a volunteer project of your choice. Whether it’s organizing a corporate team to stock food at a pantry, donating a business suit to a neighbor short on cash and looking for work, encouraging the kids to donate their unused toys to charity, or tutoring at a school, United Way wants to mobilize the community on June 21 to volunteer, give back and LIVE UNITED. Doing a little can mean so much for someone struggling to cope in these tough times. What will your do on June 21st? Go to and find a volunteer opportunity, or do something on your own, in your neighborhood or with your family and friends to make a difference in your community. Just get involved on June 21 to help change a life!! Join KISS 104.1 at the Douglas County Boys & Girls Club. Volunteers will help with gardening, sorting donations and painting. Sign up to volunteer here Location:Douglas County Boys & Girls Club 8828 Gurley Rd. Douglasville, GA 30134

Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to Offer Free Bicycle Classes

Bicycle safety classes are essential for reducing crashes and improving overall safety on Atlanta’s roads. The bicycle classes will range from the “True Beginners” class for novice adult riders to the “Confident City Cycling” class, which accommodates cyclists looking to feel more comfortable navigating Atlanta’s streets. ABC also plans to offer classes for middle-school aged youth.


The first free neighborhood class will be offered on Saturday, May 19, from 10am-3pm at The Frazer Center in Lake Claire and will serve the residents of Candler Park, Kirkwood, and Edgewood. The neighborhoods of Grant Park, Old Fourth Ward, West End, and Castleberry Hill as well as the Atlanta University Center are also planning to offer classes in the near future. ABC is seeking additional neighborhood associations and/or college campuses for partnership. Pre-registration will be required, and classes will be capped at 20 participants.


The Confident City Cycling class covers everything a bicyclist needs to know about "driving" a bike safely and confidently around metro Atlanta. The class includes bike handling drills and an instructor-led ride with feedback to reinforce skills learned in class. Both new urban cyclists and seasoned Atlanta riders will have their eyes opened on the less intuitive aspects of Atlanta biking


Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to Offer Free Bicycle Classes

Grassroots Leadership Institute

You do not have to be an elected official to make a difference. Do your part to make Clayton County the best place to live, work and play! The mission of the GrassRoots Leadership Institute is to identify, train, and nurture emerging leaders to better serve the needs of the Clayton County community.  Go to and click on the “Join GRLI” tab to learn more about our 12-week program, call (770) 473-3945, or join us at our Black & White Event on April 28 at the Close Up 2 restaurant located in the Clarion Hotel on Old Dixie Road to find out more about our program, and maybe win some prizes – admission and parking are FREE.


Clayton County is looking for future leaders! Let your voice and talents help make Clayton County great!  Application deadline for the 2012 program is June 1, so apply today!

Help Hosea Feed the Hungry

Learn more about Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless

Hosea’s Feed the Hungry is a year round organization that helps Atlanta’s hungry and homeless, with food boxes, rent and utility assistance, case management and much more.

  • Tuesday, November 25 - Thanksgiving Dinner Setup - Georgia World Congress Center Building B
  • Wednesday, November 26 - Thanksgiving Dinner Preparation – DeKalb County Jail
  • Thursday, November 27 - Thanksgiving Day Dinner - Georgia World Congress Center Building B
  • Wednesday, December 24 - Christmas Dinner Preparation – DeKalb County Jail
  • Thursday, December 25 - Christmas Day Dinner

Nearly 10,000 homeless individuals and working families that are less fortunate will enjoy a hot meal, receive hair cuts for the men and hair care for the women, in addition to new clothing and warm blankets. Donations of toiletry items are still needed and can be delivered to the Hosea Feed The Hungry and Homeless Distribution Center, 1035 Donnelly Avenue in Atlanta.

For more information about these events, visit Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless or call 404-755-3353. For media inquiries please contact Quisa Foster, F2 Communications Group 404-418-8532, ext. 2 or email’s Feed the Hungry is a year round organization that helps Atlanta’s hungry and homeless, with food boxes, rent and utility assistance, case management and much more.

  • Emergency distribution of nutritious food to over 6,000 poor children and families.
  • Monthly distribution of food to 600 homeless living outdoors in camps
  • Sunday morning brunch and counseling services in downtown Atlanta
  • 22,000 hot meals delivered to senior citizens homes annually
  • Quarterly distribution of food and supplies to over 20 organizations throughout Georgia
  • Presented the chronically homeless of Atlanta with four major meal service events, serving over 60,000 hot meals. Also, provided additional services such as, medical assistance, legal aid, clothing and toiletry items, hot showers, barber and beautician services and transportation out of Atlanta to their hometowns for holiday visits.
  • Visited the streets on 54 occasions delivering food, vitamins, candles, batteries, blankets, socks, hats and gloves
  • Provide meals and services to 37 senior high-rises
  • Expedite food and medical supplies to Haiti relief efforts
  • Sandwich distribution to bus stations and hospitals
  • Deliver regular food boxes to 10,000 persons annually
  • Formed participants with the Latin American Association and the Korean Association to feed 3,500 people annually.
  • Provide meals and activities to numerous senior high rises on a semi-monthly basis

Georgia Outreach/Admissions and Career Transition Services for Job Corps

Georgia Outreach/Admissions and Career Transition Services for Job Corps

730 Peachtree St., Suite 450

Atlanta, Georgia 30303


For Immediate                      Release: March 20, 2012

U.S. Department of Labor Awards New Job Corps Outreach/Admissions and Career Transition Provider for Georgia.

Atlanta – The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded CHP International the Georgia contract for Outreach/Admissions and Career Transition Services for Job Corps.  Job Corps is one of the nation’s oldest Education and Training Programs serving youth ages 16 – 24. The residential program serves 60,000 students annually at 122 centers nationwide (3 centers in Georgia). CHP International has a demonstrated record of excellence with Job Corps programming, currently operating six Job Corps contracts in the US.

Are you someone who is ready to work, learn, and become a leader?  Here’s your chance!  If you are age 16 through 24 and would like more information on Job Corps, contact your local Job Corps Admissions Office at (404) 892.7888.  

At Job Corps, Success Lasts A Lifetime…


Mark Lucas, Business Development Specialist

(404) 805.9038/


Virginia Jackson, Business Development Specialist

(404) 599-3754 /

Preservation Week

Libraries and other institutions can use Preservation Week to connect our communities through events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.

Get updates on Preservation Week 2012 events in Facebook:

It is easy to get involved:

  • create a display about preserving and collecting personal, family, or community heritage
  • offer a preservation workshop or event or
  • highlight Preservation Week on your web site with a link to ALA’s Preservation Week resources.
  • Tweet about Preservation Week #preswk.

Let ALA-ALCTS help you find information, resources, templates, graphics, and ideas for celebrating Preservation Week.

Professor Alex Bradford -- Black History Month 2012

He was a multi-talented gospel composer, singer, arranger, and choir director who was a great influence on artists like Little Richard, Bob Marley, and Ray Charles and helped bring about the modern mass choir movement to gospel. Born in Bessemer, Professor Alex Bradford attended the Snow Hill Institute in Snow Hill, Alabama, where he acquired the title “Professor” while teaching as a student.

Dr. Bradford moved to Chicago in 1947 where he worked briefly with Roberta Martin and toured with Mahalia Jackson, then struck out on his own with his own group, “The Bradford Singers, followed by another group, The Bradford Specials. He recorded his first hit record “Too Close to Heaven” in 1954 which sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc.

In 1961 Bradford joined the cast in "Black Nativity", based on the writings of Langston Hughes. He appeared in Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, for which he won the Obie award, in 1972. He died in 1978 as the musical Your Arms Too Short to Box with God was in production. Bradford's music continues to provide a compelling message with much of his music available for digital download on iTunes.

Feed the Children to help 2,000 Atlanta Families

Feed The Children will deliver five semi tractor-trailers full of food and essentials to help 2,000 families during events on Tuesday Jan. 24, Wednesday Jan. 25 and Thursday, Jan. 26.

  •  Jan. 24 - Event will begin at 10 a.m. at Essence of Hope (1320 White Street, Atlanta, GA). Hosted by Essence of Hope to help 400 families.
  • Jan. 25 - Event will begin at 9 a.m. at Compassion Atlanta (1300 Joseph E. Boone Blvd. Atlanta, GA). Hosted by Compassion Atlanta to help 1,200 families.  
  • Jan. 26 - Event will begin at 9 a.m. at The African American Association of Georgia’s Distribution Center (7800 The Bluffs Street, Austell, GA).  Hosted by The AAAG, Inc. to help 400 families.  

Feed The Children partner agencies participating in the events pre-identified families receiving the boxes. Each family will receive a 25-pound box of food, a 10-pound box of personal care items and a box of Avon products. The boxes are designed to help a family of four for up to one week.


The distribution is part of Feed The Children’s Americans Feeding Americans Caravan, which has helped more than 330,000 families across the country since it began in 2009.


More than one in three children living in Atlanta (33.6 percent) is considered impoverished. The number of children living in poverty in Georgia (1,727,475) could fill the Georgia Dome more than 24 times.  


"Our Americans Feeding Americans project continues to help those adversely affected by the economy,” said Tony Sellars, spokesperson for Feed The Children. "A lot of these people considered themselves middle class just a few years ago and are now unable to provide for their families. This distribution will provide relief for them at a crucial time.”


Feed The Children

Since 1979, Feed The Children has consistently ranked as one of the largest international charities in the U.S., based on private, non-government support. Our mission is providing hope and resources for those without life’s essentials. In FY 2010, Feed The Children distributed more than 133 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally. For more information, visit  


Southern Education Foundation

Southern Education Leadership Initiative  -  The Southern Education Foundation

The Southern Education Foundation (SEF is reaching out to tomorrow’s leaders through the 2012 Southern Education Leadership Initiative.  We are seeking outstanding upperclassmen and graduate students to apply for this experiential learning opportunity. Since 2004, SEF has placed over 135 students in nearly 70 nonprofits and foundations throughout the region focused on providing advocacy, grant-making, policy analysis, research, community organizing, and direct service in education.

 Interns receive:

  •  an opportunity to work for eight weeks during the summer in an organization concerned with equity and excellence in education e.g., a policy institution, community-based organization or foundation;
  • a living expense stipend of $4,000 (for undergraduates or graduating seniors), or $4,500 (for graduate students who will have completed at least one term by June 1, 2012);
  • all airfare/car mileage expenses associated with traveling to and from SEF trainings to summer placement site;
  • trainings that expose students to research in the field, stress the importance of civic engagement, teach strategies for making change, and provide opportunities to meet and learn from inspiring leaders involved in education policy and practice;
  • guidance and supervision provided by seasoned sector leaders to work through the summer intensively on challenging research, education policy, and nonprofit program related projects; and
  • the opportunity to present their work to their peers, reflect, brainstorm how to take the lessons learned from this experience back to their communities, and become part of a network of emerging leaders in the sector.


We know that you are busy and time is short, but we are hopeful that you will take a few minutes to reach out to your best and brightest students who ought to apply to be involved in this program because of their interests in education equity, community service, public policy, and philanthropy.  Please see the attached 2012 application for more information on how to apply.


Thank you in advance for your help as we seek to lift up the next generation of leaders.

 Applications must be postmarked and submitted by mail or emailed by March 1, 2012


Southern Education Foundation

Attn:Vanessa Elkan, Assistant Program Officer

135 Auburn Ave. N.E. Second Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303


For questions contact: Katherine Dunn, Program Associate

Phone: 404.991.6764 Email:

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