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Keith Ball, principal at Marietta High School, presents a laptop to Rosanna Otuiheneme as a part of the Kiwanis Technology Center initiative. 

On Aug. 13, the Kiwanis Club of Marietta awarded 10 laptop computers as academic scholarships to deserving Marietta High School students. As a part of the Kiwanis Technology Center initiative, The Kiwanis Club of Marietta in partnership with Marietta High School focuses on raising the academic success of students by closing the digital divide between those that have access to technology at home and those who do not.

To qualify, the students were selected by Marietta High School staff based on excellent school conduct and participation, academic performance and need. Once these students graduate, the computers will become their personal property to help in their future academic efforts.

The Kiwanis Club of Marietta has awarded computers to deserving students for the past six consecutive years and is proud to have helped each student achieve his or her academic goals.

If you need a place to pay your civic dues and want to become involved in saving the children of the world, contact Pat Huey (pathuey@comcast.net) for more information on how to register to attend the weekly luncheon meeting.

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The 93rd Thomas Family Reunion will be held Sept. 16 at New Hope Methodist Church at 700 New Hope Road in Marietta. The descendants of William Jasper Thomas and Martha Ann Elizabeth Johnston Thomas are all invited. A covered dish lunch will be served at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Louise Crapps at 770-971-1833.

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The Atlanta Pat Summitt Invitational Golf Tournament is Monday, Oct. 1, at Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw. The event, benefiting the Pat Summitt Foundation, supports a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. Pat Summitt, the legendary women’s basketball coach at University of Tennessee, was diagnosed with early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type in 2011, and died on June 28, 2016, just two weeks after her 64th birthday.

The deadline to register is Thursday, Sept. 20. Visit patsummitt.org for more information.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She has written for the MDJ since October 2000. Send Sally news at sallylit@bellsouth.net. Call Sally at 770-425-8106.

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