Wendy BinnsHello INtown Readers and Happy New Year!

Many of you have told us how much you’ve enjoyed reading about our 20 Under 20 honorees in the current issue of INtown. We’re so proud of them and inspired by them, too. This project is part of INtown’s mission to highlight people and organizations doing good things. Each month, we try to include stories that uplift our community.

We also want to be inclusive. Many readers have also rightfully pointed out that all of the students we featured in this year’s section attend private schools and would like to see more from public schools. We agree. In years past, we honored students from Drew Charter, Sutton Middle, Ron Clark Academy, E. Rivers … and, we want to profile many more. We are already looking for nominations for 2012, and we encourage our public school leaders, teachers, counselors and the community to nominate students. We want to hear from you!

In our upcoming February issue, you can read more about (and from!) students:

• 10 year-old INtown junior reporter, Said Rios, has been working over his holiday break on a piece about Men in Motion at Moving in the Spirit;

• 14 year-old Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta patient, Kyle Cobb, received a new kidney and is now raising money (already over $1,200) for his friend Kiwane Clay to receive a new kidney;

• Information for parents to plan a fun and unique summer with a variety of camps;

• We will also feature photos from our 20 Under 20 Reception. We are grateful to The Weber School for hosting this for our students on Jan. 12.

The stories you read in INtown are made possible by many people offering to help and we are sustained through advertising dollars. Please contact me at wendy@atlantaintownpaper.com if you would like to get involved.

Wendy Binns, Publisher

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.