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From left are Sabastian Wilson, Perla Ruiz, Patricio Cruz, author Brad Strickland, Rashae Garner, Haley Helton, Matthew Sidoti and Michelle Webb.

Local author Brad Strickland, pictured above, visited eighth-graders at East Hall Middle School on Oct. 5. Strickland, the author of more than 60 books for children and young adults, spoke to the students as part of their study of literature written by Georgia authors. Strickland explained how he finds inspiration for his books in everyday life. His book "When Mack Came Back," for example, is loosely based on childhood memories of life on his grandfather’s farm. After one-on-one conversations with the students, Strickland signed autographs. At the end of his visit, he donated multiple signed copies of his books to the school’s media center.

Noah Kirk, a teacher at Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School, won Office Max’s A Day Made Better promotion. He received a classroom cart and a box full of supplies including a digital camera, printer and packs of paper. Office Max came to his classroom and surprised him Oct. 2.

Wauka Mountain Elementary School announced a partnership with Target in recognition of its efforts in providing exposure to the arts for all students at the school. Target has presented Wauka Mountain Elementary School with a check for $1,800 in recognition of the school’s efforts to provide arts exposure to all students at the school. The money will be used to provide weeklong artist-in-residence, Atlanta visual artist Karin Mervis, at the school in November. Mervis will work with the students at Wauka Mountain to create a community canvas that will remain at the school when the residency is completed.