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Free Concert, Makeover and More

You can get a free sandwich, a free session with an interior designer and more in this week's freebies. 

The Bare Escentuals Quickie Van is coming to Atlanta to give samples, coupons and what they're calling makeunders to metro Atlanta women.   The van was will be at Decatur's Oakhurst Music Festival Saturday and at the Sweet Auburn Festival Sunday. 

You have till October 13th to grab a free box of Smucker's Uncrustable sandwiches.  The first 400 people to register at uncrustables.com every day till the promotion ends win a coupon for a free box of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. 

Fulton Explores Becoming Charter School System

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Schools will spend this fall studying whether it will ask the Georgia Department of Education to grant charter status to the entire school system.

If granted, Fulton County will be the first large district in Georgia to become a charter system, which could mean more flexibility in spending, staffing and innovation to its educational model. It would also grant greater involvement and decision-making authority for parents.

Community engagement is a trademark of charter systems and, as such, the district is starting the exploration process by holding town hall-style meetings to gather input during the months of October and November. Feedback will also be gathered through the school system's website.

The community engagement meetings will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for employees, and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for parents and the community.

The dates are as follows:

* Monday, Oct.

Sweet Apple Teacher Receives $1,000 of Supplies

ROSWELL, GA -- Every year, teachers spend an average of $1,000 of their own money on classroom supplies.

That's why OfficeMax partnered with Adopt-A-Classroom to create A Day Made Better, a one-day event that awards more than 1,100 teachers with approximately $1,000 worth of school supplies and brings awareness to their needs.

Amy O'Keefe, a fourth grade teacher at Roswell's Sweet Apple Elementary School, was one of the lucky winners. Sweet Apple principal Natalie Richman nominated O'Keefe, her Teacher of the Year, for the event. Representatives from OfficeMax arrived at the school on Wednesday, Oct. 6 to present O'Keefe with a new leather desk chair, a case of Xerox paper and a box full of supplies valued at over $1,000.

Mrs. O'Keefe didn't know about the award until OfficeMax employees, Mrs. Richman and O'Keefe's second grade son, Patrick, arrived at her classroom to congratulate her.

Top Deals: 50% off Artbarn Passes, 51% off Monkey Joes

ATLANTA --  Half off on two passes to the Artbarn in Canton, half off tickets to the Atlanta History Center and 51 percent off Monkey Joes in Roswell and Cumming are some of the new deals being offered in the Metro Atlanta area Thursday.

Quiznos is offering up two freebies -- a free cookie, no purchase required, and a free kidz meal, purchase required.

You can save half off Disney on Ice tickets, 65 percent off Dreamgirls tickets and 45 percent off the Thrashers opening night at Philips Arena on Friday.

Identification Needed for Kohl's Robbery Suspect

ROSWELL, GA -- Detectives in Roswell need help identifying the suspect in the robbery of a Kohl's department store.

On Friday, Oct. 1 at approximately 9:30 a.m., a suspect walked into Kohl's (620 West Crossville Road, Roswell, 30075) and approached the jewelry counter. The suspect allegedly told a sales associate that he was getting ready to "pop the question." He examined several rings and then grabbed a diamond ring worth approximately $9,000 and ran out of the store.

The suspect is described as a black man with very dark skin, about 6'2" to 6'4" and 300 pounds. He was wearing square-rimmed glasses and had a very large stomach.

The suspect drove away in a white 1990s model two-door passenger vehicle, possibly a Dodge Stratus, Pontiac Grand Am or Chevy Caprice.

Anybody with information in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477.

State Releases Info on Race to the Top Allocations

ATLANTA -- The state of Georgia has released numbers for how the Race to the Top stimulus money will be allocated. Metro Atlanta has four of the 29 school districts from across the state receiving money over the next four years.

Atlanta City Schools will get $39.3 million, Clayton County will get $15.3 million, Dekalb will see $30 million and Gwinnett gets about $20.8 million.

In order to keep these funds schools must submit a budget and must be in line with four assurances. These include teacher and leader effectiveness and money for turn-around schools -- which are the lowest performing schools in each district.

For a full look at all the schools from across the state getting money, take a look at the table below.

 

Dude Helps Viewer With Great 'Aussie Name'

Scott Guidice, pronounced Ga-dice, contacted Commuter Dude to fill a pothole in Roswell. Commuter Dude obliged, largely because he liked Scott's Aussie sounding last name. G'day Ga-dice!