News Briefs: Active shooter demos; busy airport; teen tree jobs

Youth volunteers at Trees Atlanta.
Youth volunteers at Trees Atlanta.

The Atlanta Police Department in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services is presenting additional Active Shooter Presentations at locations around the city including Bessie Branham Recreation Center on Feb. 24, Ben Hill Recreation Center on March 9 and Peachtree Hills Recreation Center on March 16. All presentations are from 6 to 8 p.m. After the success of the first active shooter presentation, Atlanta Police are eager to provide citizens with more opportunities to participate in the informative presentations. Attendees will learn strategies and plans for surviving an active shooter event. The presentation will address the Avoid, Deny, Defend strategy developed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) in 2004. Topics will also include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, the role of law enforcement and civilian response options. The program will conclude with a questions and answers session. To RSVP, send an email to

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport served more passengers and handled more aircraft operations than any other airport in the world in 2015 to retain the title as the World’s Busiest Airport. Atlanta hosted 101,491,106 passengers in 2015, becoming the first airport ever to serve more than 100 million passengers in a single year. The total passenger number for 2015 was a 5.52 percent increase over the 2014 total of 96,178,899 passengers served. The airport also hosted more aircraft operations than any other in 2015. The 882,497 aircraft movements was an increase of 1.63 percent over 2014’s total of 868,359. In addition, cargo traffic saw a substantial increase as 626,201 metric tons of cargo moved through the facility in 2015. That’s a 4.15 percent increase over 2014’s total of 601,270 metric tons.

Trees Atlanta will employ high school students at $8 an hour to work on the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum this summer. The idea is to bring together students who attend different schools but who share interests in trees and the environment. The Trees Atlanta staff is targeting the high schools along the BeltLine—Grady, Booker T. Washington, and Maynard Jackson—by reaching out to counselors and science teachers at those schools. The Youth Tree Team offers a great opportunity for 9th-12th graders to learn tree identification, tree care, and prairie restoration and management. Working with new friends from different schools, the team members will develop leadership skills, as well as environmental knowledge. One day each week will be spent in an enrichment activity with community leaders, and there will be regular lunch-and-learn sessions with field professionals. The process will be very competitive: there are only eight positions available to be chosen from a maximum of 100 applications. Find out more at this link.

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