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1CountyLineSeptember2015 SEPTEMBER 2015 Contributing to CURE Childhood Cancer Annie Jones Molly Hulett Leigh Jones Kennedy Cobble Amy Hulett CountyLine September 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net2 The Arbor Company has nearly 30 years of dedication and experience delivering the highest quality care to their residents. We have four care levels from minimal to full assistance and Bridges and Evergreen memory care programs. Arbor Terrace of Johns Creek will be available for occupancy in September 2015. The first 20 depositors will be members of the elite Founders Club and will receive up to 2000 in discounts Call or stop by to talk with Beth Richardson Executive Director about the many advantages of living at Arbor Terrace of Johns Creek. Beth Richardson Our Daily Assisted Living Services Include Scheduled Transportation Medication Management Licensed Nurses on Sta Savory Delicious Meals and Snacks Wellness and Enrichment Programs Housekeeping Services 770-999-9577 3180 Karen White Drive Suwanee 30024 off Peachtree Pkwy just 1.2 miles north of McGinnis Ferry Rd. www.at-johnscreek.com Schedule your personal tour today. Models available 3CountyLineSeptember2015 Northside Hospital is the Preferred Healthcare Partner of the Atlanta Falcons. And their fans. northside.com CountyLine September 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net4 COVER STORY 16 CONTRIBUTING TO CURE CHILDHOOD CANCER DEPARTMENTS 6 From the Publisher 12 Paparazzi River Trail Middle School 14 Paparazzi Johns Creek Elementary 30 Day Trippin Watson Mill Bridge State Park 16 5CountyLineSeptember2015 FEATURES 8 Serving with a Smile 20 We Matter Because You Come 28 Reaching New Heights COUNTYLINE COMMUNITY 10 Optimist Golf Tournament Benets Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta-Forsyth 15 Forsyth County Board of Commissioners Recognized by Superior Court Judges 22 Johns Creek Municipal Judge Don Schaefer Honored for His Role in STOP Program 23 Johns Creek Team Wins 2nd at the ExploraVision Competition BUSINESS FOCUS 26 Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta Make Sure Your Child Can Breathe Easy This School Year 288 20 CountyLine September 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net6 S eptember is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Sadly there are and have been too many children in our community who have suffered from cancer are in treatment or have lost their life to this dreaded disease. There is a severe need to fund research for childhood cancer and CURE for Childhood Cancer a non-profit organization lo- cated in Atlanta has been raising funds for research and pro- viding valuable support and services for cancer patients and their families for 40 years. Volunteers for CURE are an invalu- able asset to this organization and I am honored to feature Kennedy Cobble Amy and Molly Hulett and Leigh and Annie Jones on the cover. They each have a different reason for the work they do as a volunteer for CURE but they each contrib- ute to raising funds for research and valuable services for pa- tients and their families. As you read this cover story please consider what you can do to help CURE childhood cancer. You will really enjoy reading about Emory Johns Creek Hospitals Chief Nursing Officer Heather Redrick and her career path with Emory Healthcare. Heather is committed to nursing and has served patients at their bedside and as an administrator with compassion and concern that each patient receives the best care possible. Thank you Heather for your service to our community and for your smile Since 2004 Perimeter School has been sending a group to Karanse Tanzania every year. The purpose of these trips is to contribute to the growth and success of The Punchmi School that was started by local Pastor Wariaeli Maphie. Be sure to read about how Perimeter School has helped make Pastor Maphies vision for the school a reality and the incredible relationships they have developed with the children of Karanse. It is Sandy Tinsleys dedication and desire to see each student at South Forsyth Middle School succeed that has made this one of the best middle schools in Georgia. I know youll enjoy getting to know Sandy better and finding out what she is doing to make sure the school and its students are reaching new heights. The business focus this issue is on valuable information about asthma from Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta. Be sure to read about what you can do to make sure that your child is prepared to breathe easy at school. This issues Back to School Paparazzi photos were taken at the Open Houses at River Trail Middle and Johns Creek Elementary. Enjoy the photos enjoy the reading and enjoy this issue of CountyLine Respectfully Judy Le Jeune Publisher From the Publisher 7CountyLineSeptember2015 Publisher Judy Le Jeune SugarcaneJudyaol.com 678-787-3551 Editorial SugarcaneJudyaol.com Advertising SugarcaneJudyaol.com 678-787-3551 Graphic Design Summertime Graphics Writers Brian DeRose Photography Courtesy of the City of Johns Creek Courtesy of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Leslie Sams CoverCover Story Photography Judy Le Jeune On the Cover Contributing to CURE Childhood Cancer Annie Jones Molly Hulett Leigh Jones Kennedy Cobble Amy Hulett CountyLine is published by Sugarcane Communications LLC. No advertising editorial or photographs in CountyLine may be reproduced without the permission of Sugarcane Communications LLC. 25692 copies of this issue were delivered to all the homes and businesses in the east half of Johns Creek and South Forsyth. CountyLine 3651 Peachtree Parkway Suite 222 Suwanee GA 30024 678-787-3551 www.countylinemagazine.net For all your skin care needs 3370 Paddocks Pkwy Suwanee GA 30024 Off 141 Close to BP Gas Station 3850 Pleasant Hill Rd. Duluth GA 30096 Between Peachtree Industrial Buford Highway 3331 Hamilton Mill Rd. Suite 1106 Buford GA 30519 Across from the Kroger Shopping Center North Atlanta Dermatology Announces www.naderm.com As seen on TV CoolSculpting is an amaz- ing technology that uses controlled cooling to freeze your fat cells. Once treated fat cells are frozen the body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells. Call our office for a free consultation with our Coolsculpting Professional at 770-814-8222 Press Option 1. CountyLine September 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net8 H eather Redrick was born in Tucker Georgia. The oldest of five children Heather her two sisters and twin brothers were primarily raised by their mother and maternal grandparents. My grandmoth- er was and still is a very strong mentor to me said Heather. She has given me guidance throughout my life and instilled in me the values morals and strong faith that guide my life. I have so much gratitude love and respect for all that she has given me. Heather decided to major in Nursing at Brenau Uni- versity and graduated with a Bachelor of Science de- gree in 2001. During her senior year she interviewed with Emory Healthcare and secured a position follow- ing graduation in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit ICU at the Clifton Road campus. She cared for patients with aneurysms brain tumors strokes and other brain disorders. I love being a nurse. I am most passionate about my time spent in the ICU setting. Whether joyful or at times sorrowful making a con- nection with a patient and their family during the most critical time of their illness and being able to help them walk throughthat is what nursing is about for me said Heather. She worked in this position for nine years and in 2010 Heather became Administrative Nurs- ing Supervisor responsible for all of the administra- tive duties during the 3 to 11pm shift. She managed staffing placed new patients coming into the hospital and conducted rounds. It was while she was working in this position that Heather began working under Mari- lyn Margolis who became another valuable mentor to her. I am so grateful for the guidance that Marilyn has given me. As a nurse whose career progressed from the bedside of patients to Chief Executive Officer of Emory Johns Creek Hospital her guidance has been invaluable in the direction of my career path and I am extremely grateful to her said Heather. In 2011 Heather left the Clifton Road campus to be- come the Director of the Intensive Care Unit at Emory Johns Creek Hospital EJCH. She managed all the op- erations for the 14-bed Intensive Care Unit the 9-bed Observation Unit and the Telemetry Department that monitored 48 telemetry patients on general floors. She was responsible for managing a staff of 40 nurses nurse technicians monitor technicians and for chart- ing billing and nurse training for dialysis. While in this position Heather established a Patient Family Centered Care program for this unit as well as a new policy to allow for 24-hour visitation. This same year Heather completed a Masters degree in Healthcare Administra- tion from Ohio University. by Judy Le Jeune Serving with a Smile 9CountyLineSeptember2015 In September 2014 in conjunction with her position as Director of the ICU Heather was asked to be the interim Chief Nursing Officer at EJCH. With this interim position came the responsibility to oversee nursing staff in Emergency Service the Cardiac Cath Lab the Radiology Observation Care Unit the Medical Unit and the Surgical Unit managing the nurse supervisors from each department. Heathers compassion and her commitment to her pro- fession have been recognized with several awards but the one of which she is most proud is The Daisy Award. In 2007 Heather was the recipient of this prestigious nationally-recognized award that honors the super- human work nurses do for patients and their families. I was incredibly honored to receive this award said Heather. What made this an even higher honor for me is that I was nominated by a family member of a pa- tient. Heather has a son and two daughters. Her husband Victor is a police officer in DeKalb County. She is a self-proclaimed lover of food and enjoys trying new dishes and new restaurants. Mexican food is her favor- ite. An avid reader Heather likes mysteries with a lot of suspense. She is involved at her church and enjoys working in the nursery after attending Sunday morning service. In February 2015 Heather became the Chief Nursing Officer on a permanent basis. Her fourteen-year career in nursing has been with Emory Healthcare at Emory University Hospital and Emory Johns Creek Hospital. She started at the bedside in the ICU with neurosci- ence patients and gradually increased responsibility for other nurses and departments. Passionate about nurs- ing Heathers commitment to her profession to those she works with and patients and their families is best expressed by her smile. Coming to work at Emory Johns Creek Hospital everyday truly makes me smile said Heather. It is such a blessing to work with such wonderful people. It doesnt take long after walking through our doors to realize that this place is special. We are a family here. Our physicians nurses staff and volunteers are the best at making sure that our patients and their families feel as if they are a part of our family as well. CountyLine September 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net10 Beth Buursema left Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta-Forsyth accepts the 2184 check from Jodi Smith gold tourna- ment chair third from right and other club members. The Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club presented a 2184 check to Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta-Forsyth. The donation from the proceeds of the clubs 2015 charity golf tournament was presented to Beth Buursema Community Outreach Manager at Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta-Forsyth. Proceeds from the tour- nament also benefit the clubs community programs for children. Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta-Forsyth is grateful for the ongo- ing support we receive from the Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club said Beth. This generous contribution helps ensure that we can continue to provide the best possible care to our patients and their families now and in the future. Jodi Smith golf tournament committee chairperson added We are honored to partner with such a great organization as Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta CHOA. The Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club would also like to thank all of the sponsors and participants of the golf tournament for making this donation possible. We are looking forward to growing next years tournament and our continued partnership with CHOA. Club President Randy ODell commented The motto of the Optimist Club is Bringing Out the Best in Kids. The Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club is proud to support the work of Childrens Healthcare in Forsyth County. Our mutual regard for the well-being of children makes raising these funds both enjoyable and rewarding. We are proud to support an organization that is so important to our community. For information about Optimists call Randy ODell at 404-791-2189 randylendnow.com. Optimist Golf Tournament Benets Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta-Forsyth The Write Way Professional copyediting and proofreading for The first impression of your written words is the first impression of you. Do it the write way. For more information or a complimentary quote call 678-417-5490 Businesses Annual Reports Manuals Newsletters Correspondence Self-Publishing Authors Books Manuscripts Screenplays Website Content Magazines and Journals Dissertations and Theses 11CountyLineSeptember2015 2015ChildrensHealthcareofAtlantaInc.Allrightsreserved. Other facilities might treat children but theyre not Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta. From broken bones to cancer were the only healthcare system in Atlanta 100 dedicated to treating kids. To learn more or to nd the location near you visit choa.orglocations. IF YOU DONT SEE HOPE WILL ITS NOT CHILDRENS HEALTHCARE OF ATLANTA. CountyLine September 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net12 Back to School Paparazzi CHERYL LEXI SANZARE ANSLEY BOLTON ANNE ELIZA MCCLOUD COOPER MALINDA JOHNSON NATALIE DANIEL ANNA SHAKHNOVSKY BRODY ALI HOWARD JACK ZOLLMAN MONALISA ANSH MISRA STEFAN ROBERT ZITLALI JULIETTE COHN HANNAH SARA ROBERTS River Trail Middle School 13CountyLineSeptember2015 Whitney Cook MD Obstetrics Gynecology Sujatha Vivek MD FACOG Board Certified in Obstetrics Gynecology 6300 Hospital Pkwy Ste 375 Johns Creek GA 30097 I 3400A Old Milton Pkwy Ste 300 Alpharetta GA 30005 P 770.771.5270 I www.nawcare.com v Pregnancy Care Delivery v Pre-pregnancy Counseling v Ultrasounds v Menstrual Disorders v Minimally Invasive Open Surgery v Office Based Procedures v Delivers at Emory Johns Creek Hospital Youve Worked Hard for What You Have You should decide what happens to your assets now and when youre gone Join us for our upcoming workshop 3 Easy Steps to Protect Your Assets Space is limited so call now for your reservation 770.822.2723 There is no cost or obligation to attend. Sept 3rd 9-11am or Sept 17th 3-5pm 11340 Lakefield Dr. Ste. 200 Johns Creek GA 30097 www.LetsTalkEstatePlanning.com CountyLine September 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net14 Back to School Paparazzi LUKE ABBY ALI LAUDERMAN TODD GRACE JORDAN LAIN MARY ANDREW SCARBROUGH AVA JACKSON ERIN WEICHT YANIA ALEXANDER GABRIEL ADRIANA CASTELLANO ASHLEY MARTIN COLLI JENI JACOB TOMO KAITLYN ETHAN OSHIMURA JAMES JAMIE CHRISTIAN KRISTIN ZACH DAVIDSON Johns Creek Elementary 15CountyLineSeptember2015 District 2 Commissioner Brian R. Tam Commission Chairman R.J. Pete Amos Chief Superior Court Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley Superior Court Judge David L. Dickinson Superior Court Judge Philip Smith District 5 Commissioner Jim Boff District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills and District 3 Com- missioner Todd Levent. At their July 16 2015 meeting the Forsyth County Board of Commis- sioners were presented a Resolution of Appreciation by the judges of the Su- perior Court of the Bell-Forsyth Judi- cial Circuit. The Resolution recognized the commissioners for their support of the new Forsyth County Courthouse which opened in March. The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving access to justice for the citizens of Forsyth County Chief Superior Court Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley read from the Resolution. The Reso- lution also praised the Board of Commissioners for their diligent efforts to ensure that the new courthouse was designed to accommodate both todays justice sys- tem needs as well as the demands of future growth. Forsyth County Board of Commissioners Recognized by Superior Court Judges CountyLine September 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net16 Leigh Jones Amy Hulett Annie Jones Kennedy Cobble Molly Hulett 17CountyLineSeptember2015 W hat childhood cancer survivor Kennedy Cobble Amy Hulett and her daughter Molly and Leigh Jones and her daughter Annie share in com- mon is a commitment to contribute to CURE Childhood Cancer. For each of them their motivation to become involved in promoting awareness of CUREs mission to conquering cancer through funding targeted research and through support of patients and their families began for different reasons and how they contribute differs but they all work toward the common goal of curing childhood cancer. In 1975 Emory Universitys first pediatric oncologist Dr. Abdel Ragab recognized the need for both a research program for pediatric cancer and a support group for families of children with cancer. He organized a group of parents who began rais- ing funds for equipment and CURE was officially formed. Now forty years after its inception CURE has participated in helping to increase the survival rate of chil- dren with childhood cancer from 10 to 80. In 2014-15 they awarded nearly by Judy Le Jeune CONTRIBUTING TO CURE CHILDHOOD CANCER CountyLine September 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net18 2.5-million in grants to support research to Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Chil- drens Healthcare of Atlanta Winship Cancer Institute MD Anderson Cancer Center Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia and Seattle Childrens Hos- pital. Every year CURE hosts several very special events to raise funds and to honor patients and members of their families. These events continue to grow and in May 2014 the Inaugural Believe Ball was attended by 600 guests and raised over 750000. The second annual Believe Ball held in May 2015 surpassed the first in attendance and raised nearly 900000. Each year A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes honors the moms of children with cancer at a very special luncheon. This event is hosted by Chris Glavine wife of Atlanta Braves Hall of Famer Tom Glavine. CURE has an Open Arms Program that serves thousands of lunches and dinners to patients family members and caregivers at both the Scottish Rite and Egleston campuses of the Aflac Can- cer and Blood Disorders Center of Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta. These are only a few of the services and support provided by CURE to childhood cancer patients their families and their caregivers. We are only able to advance research and provide critical services to families because of the dedi- cated support of so many people explains CURE Executive Director Kristin Connor. The Hulett and Jones families are so important to our efforts. Both families from the parents down to the youngest children - give of their resources and most importantly volunteer with their whole hearts. They are instrumental in making our holiday party happen every year and both Amy and Leigh are go to volunteers people I call on when I need help with something critical because I know they will always come through and always do whatever is needed with the most genuine compassion. In 2006 fourteen-year-old Kennedy Cobble felt severe pain in her lower back and was losing weight. An MRI found the cause to be osteosarcoma a bone cancer located on the in- side of her tailbone. Kennedy had chemotherapy at Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston for five months and then underwent a 25-hour surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York to remove the tumor. Her tail- bone part of her pelvis and the lower half of her spine were removed and replaced with titanium rods. Since then Ken- nedy has undergone 15 additional surgeries the last in 2013 to repair broken rods in her spine. She has had three recurrences of cancer twice in her right lung that had to be removed and once in her tibia. As a result of the cancer and treatment she is checked annually for heart problems hearing lung issues and skin cancer from radiation. Prior to losing her hair from chemotherapy Kennedy was a platinum blonde but her hair grew back brown. Childhood can- cer profoundly changed her childhood and adult life. Kennedys first connection with CURE was being greeted by a volunteer in the waiting room at Childrens Healthcare of Atlantas Egleston Hospital. It always made me feel so good when the CURE volunteer remembered me from previous appointments recalled Kennedy. The volun- teer services provided by CURE to childhood cancer patients and their families make an incred- ible difference and I want to do what I can to help CURE raise funds. Pediatric cancer is by far the most underfunded cancer of all. Children are our future and I never want to see another child go through what I have had to endure. Kennedy has spoken at benefits for CURE to talk CHILDHOOD CANCER FACTS t Every year more than 15000 children are diagnosed with cancer. t Only 4 of U.S. Federal funding is solely dedicated to childhood cancer research. t One in every 330 Americans will develop cancer before the age of 20. t One in five children diag- nosed with cancer will die within five years. t 95 of childhood cancer survivors have chronic ill- nesses by the age of 40. 19CountyLineSeptember2015 about her childhood cancer the invaluable volunteer services provided by CURE and the need for funds to enable CURE to continue to research for a cure. Kennedy is now 23 years old and after taking college courses closer to home she is at University of North Georgia-Dahlonega majoring in Early Childhood Education. Kennedy is such an amazing young woman said Kristin.She has been through so much and completely inspires me with her determination. Thats what CURE is all about advancing research to help todays childhood cancer patients become survivors. At the same time that a close friends three-year-old son passed away from Leukemia Amy Hulett experienced an unexpected illness. I prayed that when I recovered I would find a way to help families during a time when they needed support said Amy. That opportunity came to her through CURE. In 2009 Amy organized and helped raise funds to host a holiday party for childhood cancer patients and their families. The party has grown from 45 families at the first party to over 100 families at the 2014 party. These children arent able to go to public events to celebrate the holidays so we create a fun-filled environment with everything from decorating gingerbread houses to photos with Santa said Amy. The families are greeted by a host committee and teen junior elves that accompany them as they enjoy the activities. Along with Amy all the members of the Hulett family volunteer at the holiday parties. Amys daughter Molly who volunteers as a junior elf commented on the holiday parties I like to see the kids forget that they have cancer and just have fun said Molly. When they walk through the door they are just a family coming to a holiday party not a family who has a child with cancer. Amy met Leigh Jones when Molly and Leighs daughter Annie became friends while at Sharon Elementary. Leigh Jones made the decision to leave her career as an attorney to stay at home with her two daughters and be involved in their schools and activities. As the girls got older Leigh was look- ing for a volunteer opportunity to make a meaningful contribution. Leigh attended A Tribute to our Quiet Heroes luncheon with Amy and also volunteered at a holiday party. She started vol- unteering for CURE and found her way to make a meaningful contribution. Leigh does whatever they needfrom stuffing envelopes to taking sack lunches to Egleston Hospital for patients and their families. Volunteering for CURE Childhood Cancer has become not just giving back to a cause but has become an integral part of my life. It has become my familys mission to continue promoting and fundraising to help find a cure said Leigh. As president of Lambert High Schools Volleyball Booster Club Leigh encouraged the girls team to become involved in a service project for CURE. The team collected small toiletry items and assembled 170 bags for CURE to give to families whose child is admitted with little notice to the Aflac Cancer Blood Disorders Center at Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta. Molly and Annie remained friends after Annie went to Riverwatch and Molly went to South Forsyth Middle. With both of their mothers involved in contributing to CURE the girls came up with the idea to raise money at their schools and make the fundraiser a competition between the schools. Amy and Leigh met with the principals at Riverwatch and South Forsyth Middle and a day for Caps for CURE was scheduled for students to donate 1.00 for CURE to wear a cap on that day. The first year 2000 was raised and the second year over 6000. Both girls were so proud of the donations to CURE from this fundraiser. Annie said I really enjoyed organizing and being a part of Caps for CURE.It was exciting to help raise funds in the fight against childhood cancer. September is Childhood Cancer month. It is with help from volunteers like Amy Molly Leigh Annie and Kennedy that CURE is able to contribute funds toward finding a cure for childhood cancer and provide valuable services to childhood cancer patients and their families. Be sure to wear gold to honor the children in our community who are in treatment or are childhood cancer survivors and think about what you can do to contribute to a CURE. CountyLine September 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net20 I n 2004 Perimeter School Principal Bobby Scott along with four others from the school visited the remote village of Karanse in Tanzania. The purpose of the trip was to investigate if resources from Perimeter School would be able to help fulfill the vision for a school there that had been founded by the local churchs Pas- tor Wariaeli Maphie. His vision was to execute change by educating the children whom he believed to be the future of this very poor village of less than 500. During their visit the group from Perimeter School observed the 75 students and three teachers in their one-room school and as Bobby recalls We concluded that our future role to help Pastor Maphie fulfill his vision would be to work alongside of those at the school and that they would be best served by us training their teachers. The first trip back to Karanse was the next year and there has been an annual ten-day trip there from Perimeter School every year since. In 2005 the school only held classes through second grade but has added a grade every year. On May 28 a group from Perimeter School left Atlanta for Karanse. Included in this group were Wendy Wil- liams kindergarten teacher Leslie Sams 7th grade teacher and Carter Rhea a former Perimeter School student. This was Wendys fourth trip Leslies fifth trip and Carters sixth trip. They landed at Kilimanjaro Inter- national Airport rode an hour until the paved road end- ed and continued for the next seven miles to Karanse on a dirt road. In this extremely poor village in rural Africa finding food and just surviving each day is their main purpose said Carter. Our support provides at least one protein-enriched meal and funds for medical treatment among other basic needs they did not have before we started coming there. In addition to meeting their basic needs we have developed incredible relationships. We hug and play with them which are not their norm and it makes them feel important. The group conducted four teacher clinics on early childhood development and three technical training sessions for the schools administrators. For the students they had a field day played with them and taught them arts and crafts. Throughout the week they took photographs of the students. The students often asked to look at the picture we took of them in the cameras monitor said Wendy. I realized that they wanted to see what they looked like Because they have no mirrors they had never seen their own face. Today the school called Punchmi School has eight classrooms teaching 300 students in grades kindergar- ten through 7 a library and a computer lab. The main language for instruction at this private Christian school is English though the students also speak their tribal language that is spoken in their homes and Swahili the national language. The students who complete grade 7 by Judy Le Jeune photography by Leslie Sams We Matter Because You Come 21CountyLineSeptember2015 at Punchmi School move on to a secondary school taught only in English. The Punchmi School is in the top 5 in the country and for the last five years 100 of the students have passed a test that is required upon completing 7th grade. The trips to Karanse and contributions to the school are funded by Child Sponsorships each 43 per month that pays for tuition uniforms and meals at school for one child. Sponsors receive information about the child that has been selected to be the recipient of their donations. Additional fundraising takes place one Friday a month at Perimeter School when stu- dents donate 3.00 to wear jeans. To raise additional funds for this past summers trip a special Friday to wear jeans requested a 20.00 dona- tion from each student and additional donations were made by students and their families. The total for this one special fundraising event brought in over 5000 and the money was used to purchase backpacks for the students that each contained a mosquito net and a blanket. The cost for each backpack was 20.00. We love that there are multiple purposes for our trips. We are there to train their teachers to build relationships and to see old friends said Leslie. Our trips there are important to them and our presence makes them feel important. It says to them We are here because you matter. For additional information visit perimeterschool.orgour-programmission-tanzania.cfm. To sponsor a child at the school email timneetatt.net or visit www.projectchildtz.com. With Parents and Teachers after hearts and not just minds a school day can be your best day Investigating Perimeter School dates Friday November 6th Friday January 22nd Friday February 5th 630 PM Register at www.perimeterschool.orgadmissions Or contact Lori Azemar at 678.405.2307 CountyLine September 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net22 Johns Creek Municipal Court Judge Don Schaefer Johns Creek Municipal Court Judge Don Schaefer received the Special Recognition Award by the Georgia Council of Municipal Judges for his work on the Citys STOP program. The 90-minute class taught by Judge Schaefer and police volunteers combines lecture humor demonstrations fictional videos and real photos designed to educate shock and awaken drivers 17 to 20 years old. My name is on the plaque but its been a team effort Judge Schaefer said. A lot of people helped get it started and kept it going. The most important thing is that the STOP program is having an impact in terms of educating young drivers and making them a little wiser and safer. The award which recognizes municipal courts or individual judges who have come up with innovative new programs was presented at the City Councils annual business meeting held in conjunction with its Law Practice Update Seminar. The intervention program was launched in 2007 because police and municipal court judges observed what appeared to be a disproportionate number of young traffic violators in Johns Creek. In 2013 the STOP program was honored as Program of the Year by the Georgia Municipal Court Clerks Council. Johns Creek Municipal Judge Don Schaefer Honored for His Role in STOP Program CourtesyoftheCityofJohnsCreek 23CountyLineSeptember2015 The team from Johns Creek was the second place na- tional winner of the 23rd annual Toshiba and NSTA National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision competition. The team members are 10th grade students Avni Kakka Westminster School and Jasmine Gao Sally Pan and their coach Sara Lepkofker all from Northview High School. The students created an External Microbial Cleansing De- vice that functions with the aid of magnetic nanobeads attached to artificially engineered human opsonin-man- nose-binding lectins MBLs that have the capability to capture a wide variety of pathogens in the blood stream. With the availability to deliver enriching nutrients moni- tor blood and develop medical reports the technology will drastically improve the outcome of those with patho- genic diseases. In addition to a 5000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bond the students also received an all-expenses paid trip to Wash- ington D.C. in June where they were formally recog- nized for their accomplishments. They also had personal visits from Georgia Congressman Tom Price and Georgia Senators Isakson and Purdue. The ToshibaNSTA ExploraVision program challenges participants to imagine what technology might be like in 20 years. Students work in teams to propose ideas for in- novative future technology based on a challenge of what already exists simulate real scientific research to outline how they plan to test their idea and build websites to further illustrate and communicate their concepts. This year 5041 team projects were entered in the com- petition. The Johns Creek team was one of eight teams selected from a group of 24 regional winning teams. 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Asthma can impact your childs ability to play sleep and focus at school. Most asthma attacks start slowly. Early warning signs are mild. You may notice small changes in your child like tiredness slight coughing itchy or sore throat or a runny or stuffy nose before an attack. Being able to recognize the warning signs and early stages can help Breathe Easy Your Child Can This School Year Make Sure 27CountyLineSeptember2015 prevent and reduce the severity of an attack. Talk to your childs doctor about how to spot and handle early warning signs. Create an asthma action plan to make sure that your child is prepared to manage his asthma at school. If your child does not have an asthma action plan ask your doctor to create one that will best fit his needs. An asthma action plan may include r Your childs quick-relief medications and a prescription controller r A list of your childs attack triggers r Guidelines for pretreatment before activity r How to identify warning signs of an asthma attack r Steps to take if your child has an attack r Emergency contact information Give a copy of this action plan to your childs school nurse teacher babysitter coach and any other care- taker. This should help the people in your childs life better understand how to recognize an attack. To help you and your child be as prepared as possible to head back to school complete the Childrens back- to-school checklist. r Contact your childs school to get the forms needed for your child to receive his as-needed medicines at school. r Schedule an asthma check-up with your childs healthcare provider. Bring the necessary forms to your appointment. Work with your healthcare provider to develop or update your childs asthma action plan. Review any food allergies and request an allergy action plan and a prescription for a new EpiPen if needed. Request a prescription for quick-relief medicine and a spacer to be kept at school. Discuss whether or not your child is ready to carry his quick-relief medicine and EpiPen at school. If so have your healthcare provider fill out the self-carry form for school. r Make sure your child knows how to properly use his medications. r Meet with your childs school nurse teachers and coaches to discuss his asthma action plan. Getting your childs asthma under control can prevent unnecessary trips to the emergency department en- sure fewer school days are missed and increase par- ticipation in sports and activities. Controlled asthma means 4 Signs of asthma occur fewer than two times a week 4 Sleep is disturbed by asthma fewer than two times a month 4 There are no limits on activity due to asthma 4 Visits to the emergency department or oral steroid courses for asthma happen fewer than two times a year Children with asthma should see their physician ev- ery three to four months even if they are well. The goal in asthma management is to prevent an attack rather than reacting to an attack after it has hap- pened. This is general information and is not spe- cific medical advice. Always consult with a doctor or healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns about the health of a child. Visit www.choa.orgbacktoschool for more back-to-school tips. CountyLine September 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net28 By Brian DeRose Reaching Heights With the school year underway this past summers vacations and adventures are becoming pleasant memories. For Sandy Tinsley principal of South Forsyth Middle School SFMS those memories also furthered her goal to hike to the beautiful waterfalls in Georgia and Tennessee. Of those she hiked to this summer Dukes Creek Falls near Helen Georgia was her favorite. For Sandy hiking is a hobby that helps keep her mind clear and focused on what she loves most working with the many students teach- ers and parents at South Forsyth Middle School. Originally from Colorado and the daughter of a mili- tary family Sandy grew up living in many differ- ent states and countries. Most memorable are her middle school years living on an Army base in Ger- many. These impactful years eventually gave way to a love for the middle school curriculum and ul- timately to her leading one of the most successful middle schools in Georgia. Sandy recently finished her sixth year as principal at SFMS. Like many principals she has a rich history of a love for education the students learning and the community. Since she was in high school Sandy has always enjoyed working with middle school-aged students. She remembers working with these young teenagers teaching swim lessons gymnastics and at summer camps. These early jobs helped confirm her calling to these young adults. Following her calling to education Sandy obtained her Bachelors degree from Brenau University in Middle Grades Education and she followed up with a Masters at Brenau in the same major. She has a Specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University in Leadership and Supervision. Sandy explains I knew that I really enjoyed children of middle school age so that was my focus during college. I started teaching in 1991 as a seventh grade science teacher and have been in love with it ever since. Sandy spent ten years in Gwinnett County teaching middle school science before coming to Forsyth County where she has experience as an assistant principal at Vickery North Little Mill and Otwell middle schools. She is very happy to call SFMS her home because This school has a strong community bond that is rarely found at other schools. The bond between students teachers and parents in this community is unlike any other. We wouldnt be nearly as successful without our parent support. But it is the students that make our school so special. ew 29CountyLineSeptember2015 I really enjoy being at SFMS. Every day is different and there is always something exciting or different that happens and makes me realize how lucky I am to be in the middle school setting. It is important to Sandy that the students see her for who she is I like to get involved in many different ways around the school. It might be dressing up during theme dress days or coming to the games and cheering on our teams. I want the students to know that Im not just a rule enforcer. Not only is Sandy involved but so are her students. One of her goals is to build student interest and pas- sion during middle school and she is a proponent of getting students interested in clubs and activi- ties at school. Aside from athletics the school has a vast variety of unique clubs offered to the students. Some of these include Fellowship of Christian Ath- letes FCA Homeless Pets Club Retro Games Club Future Business Leaders of America FBLA DECA an Association of Marketing Students Health Care HOSA and next year they will be offering engi- neering classes and a chapter of the Technology Students Association. These clubs are designed to give the students activities outside the normal school day and to become involved. If they get ex- cited to come to club meetings they are excited to be at school and this inevitably is our end goal explains Sandy. In addition to building interest the academic clubs give the students a platform to use the skills they learn in classes and to perform and make connections to explore different career path- ways. South Forsyth Middle School is nothing less than exceptional under Sandys direction. In 2010 the school was named a Georgia School of Excellence. South Middles College and Career Readiness Perfor- mance Index CCRPI scores are some of the high- est in the nation. In 2014 SFMS was named as a National Blue Ribbon School. This award is based on exceptional state test scores. Under her leadership the school has reached new heights. But according to Sandy that success has little to do with her and can be credited to her staff. Our staff is like fam- ily here. These teachers sacrifice time before school and after to make sure our students are successful. Here at South Forsyth Middle School we work hard and we play hard. It is important that we build the whole student. 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Dr.Andrews services include CountyLine September 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net30 A s the temperatures drop and the first signs of fall are in the air spending time outdoors is the perfect way to spend the day. An hour and a half drive from the county line Watson Mill Bridge State Park offers beautiful hiking biking and horseback rid- ing trails and the opportunity to see one of the few remaining covered bridges left intact and still in use from days gone by. The Watson Mill Bridge was built in 1885 by W.W. King the son of famous covered bridge builder Horace King a slave who was freed by his owner because he was so respected at his craft. Watson Mill Bridge is one of the longest covered bridges in the state and spans 229 feet across the South Fork River. It is supported by what is known as a town lattice truss system that is held together with wood pins. The lattice work on the in- side of the bridge is constructed with massive timbers that were numbered for placement. These numbers are still visible. Covered bridges were built at that time to preserve the wood structure of the bridge. Wood was used because it was most available and economical. The original cost of construction was just over 3000. In 1970 the roof and weather boarding were replaced during a renovation when the park service took over the bridge. Walk or drive through the bridgeeither is a delightful view of history. For those who want to spend time outdoors there are trails of varying distances for walking jogging bik- ing and horseback riding no horse rentals though so bring your own. A 2-mile nature trail runs along the banks of the South Fork River and Big Cloud Creek and passes by the ruins of a powerhouse that generated electricity for a nearby textile mill in the early 1900s. An overlook at the head of the trail provides a view of the covered bridge and is the site of the original Wat- sons Mill. For hiking as well as biking there is a 6-foot wide 2.5-mile loop trail that runs along the north side of the South Fork River. The trail runs through a beauti- ful forest and offers scenic views of the lower shoals of the river. It is designed for beginner and intermediate bikers with a few fairly steep grades. For those look- ing for a more leisurely hike the Ridge Loop Trail is a 6-foot wide .75-mile trail that begins near the covered bridge and provides shade from the canopy of trees. There is something for everyone to enjoy the day at Watson Mill Bridge State Park whether you just want to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors or are a history buff there to see the covered bridge. Get ready for Haunted Hayride on Friday October 23 and Saturday October 24 from 530 930pm The charge for the hayride is 5 per person. Watson Mill Bridge State Park remains open through November. Hours are 7am to 10pm. There is a 5 charge for parking. 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