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Gwinnett Tech names 27 student ambassadors

Gwinnett Tech names 27 student ambassadors

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett Technical College has chosen 27 students to be ambassadors to the school until the fall of 2012.

Student ambassadors serve as faces of the college, mostly by assisting with recruitment, hosting vistiors and participating in community outreach.

"This group has a great diversity in thought and perspective, coming from more than 15 different programs," said Rachel Mariano, director of student life at GTC. "We look forward to their service to Gwinnett Tech, our students and our community."

Ambassadors are chosen through faculty nominations and a series of interviews. They must maintain their GPAs and service hour requirements to be eligible.

For more information about GTC, visit www.gwinnetttech.edu.

The school's new ambassadors are:

DeKalb County announces Mascot Naming Contest

DeKalb County announces Mascot Naming Contest

 

DECATUR – DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis invites local middle school students to name the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management’s new mascot. The new mascot is a male mallard duck and is native to the State of Georgia. The duck also emphasizes the importance of protecting our water resources.

Interested middle school students can go online, with parents’ permission, to www.dekalbwatershed.com and click below the picture of the duck to submit a name for the mascot. Entries must be submitted by noon on Monday, Nov. 14. A judging panel will then select the five best names and place them on the Department of Watershed Management’s website for online voting. Online voting will begin Friday, Nov.18 and end Monday, Nov. 28.

The mascot will attend DeKalb County sponsored events, school activities and public meetings. 

Voters weigh education sales tax with SPLOST

Voters weigh education sales tax with SPLOST

ATLANTA -- Voters in two cities and six counties in Metro Atlanta will decide on Nov. 8 whether to renew a one-cent sales tax for school construction.

The education SPLOST is one-cent special purpose local option sales tax that was first approved by voters in Atlanta, Decatur and Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cherokee, Douglas and Henry counties in 1997.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters will be asked to continue that tax with SPLOST IV.

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

ATLANTA -- State officials have re-opened the pool for $10 million in low interest student loans. 

Lawmakers had set aside $20 million to help families after an overhaul of the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship took effect this summer.

Only about 5,200 students applied for the loans during the initial application period, which ended in July.

The Georgia Student Finance Authority has now re-opened the application process for the remaining $10 million in available loans.

Students have until Oct. 31 to apply for the Student Access Loan Program. 

For applications and details, visit GAcollege411's website.

The Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation is donating a garden to Tucker Middle School this Friday

The Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation is donating a garden to Tucker Middle School this Friday

Tucker -  We just received word that the kids at Tucker Middle School will be the recipients of a free garden, full of fruits and vegetables.  Here is the press release:

The Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation is launching their ‘Garden’s are for Kids’ program at Tucker Middle School on Friday, September 30.

The program is a one-day interactive gardening initiative designed to educate and motivate students to avoid unhealthy foods while learning the principles of gardening.  

With sharply rising cases of childhood obesity in the state of Georgia, now more than ever parents must monitor what their children are eating.

Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation today announced the Garden’s are for Kids’ program will be an annual initiative in which they will donate raised garden beds complete with fruit and vegetable plants to local schools.

Creekview High among schools that 'rock' for MDA

Creekview High among schools that 'rock' for MDA

CANTON, Ga. -- More than 60 schools participated in this year's School ShamROCKS Program sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Together, these schools raised over $34,000 to fight muscular dystrophy.

Creekview High School in Canton was this year's big winner, raising $2,000 for MDA.

New DeKalb superintendent releases plan of action

New DeKalb superintendent releases plan of action

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- At a district-wide meet and greet in late August, then-incoming superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson told parents she wanted to hit the ground running - promising better communication and a thorough district-wide review.

In her first day on the job, she took steps toward fulfilling both of those promises.

Dr. Atkinson released a 90-day plan detailing steps to audit the district's leadership, departments and programs.

READ: Dr. Atkinson's complete 90-day plan

She also visited six schools, touring the building and meeting with each principal. Her goal is to visit each school in the district.

Dr. Atkinson inherits a district under review by SACS. She comes on the heels of former superintendent Crawford Lewis, who was indicted on racketeering charges.