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Sandra Deal, Path2College to launch college savings initiative

Sandra Deal, Path2College to launch college savings initiative

DECATUR, Ga. -- As Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal continues her "Read Across Georgia" tour, she will make a stop in Decatur to launch a contest that will help one lucky parent pay for his or her child's college education.

Together with the Georgia Public Library Service and Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan, Mrs. Deal will introduce the Destination College Savings Sweepstakes at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 12 at the Toco Hill-Avis G.

Tucker High Student Awarded Grant to Plant 1,000 Trees in Stone Mountain Area

Tucker High Student Awarded Grant to Plant 1,000 Trees in Stone Mountain Area

Stone Mountain, Ga. – Tucker High School junior Courtney Scott has won a Planet Connect grant from the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) to implement a project to plant 1,000 new trees in the Stone Mountain community.

“Trees are being cut down all around the world,” Ms. Scott wrote in her proposal, entitled ‘Give Back.’ “Not only are animals all over the world losing their homes, but the deforestation is causing climate changes which are becoming a global threat.”

“If people will not stop cutting down trees, then this planet and all its inhabitants are in danger of losing their home.

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

All DeKalb County school activities postponed

All DeKalb County school activities postponed

According to Mark Brock of DeKalb County Public Schools:

Due to the uncertainty of the weather at this time DeKalb County Schools are cancelling all athletic events for today (Wednesday). This cancellation includes all home and away events scheduled for today (soccer, baseball, Region 6-AAAA girls track).

Rescheduling of events is underway and I will notify you as soon as possible. Baseball will be moved and played at the scheduled times on Thursday. Region 6-AAAA track at Panthersville will be starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Tune in to 11Alive News at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. for further updates.

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents has announced a hike in both tuition and fees for Georgia's state colleges and universities during a meeting Tuesday.

"It's highly likely that tuition will have to increase to meet the needs of the students and to meet the student growth we have experienced," said Regents executive John Millsaps before the meeting.

The tuition hike comes close on the heels of a major overhual of the popular HOPE scholarship program which means students will be left to pay the rising costs of college in the state.

State representative Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, who played a major role in revamping the HOPE scholarship, says tough choices had to be made to keep the program afloat financially.

"Students are still getting one of the best values in the country," State Rep. Collins said. "We feel like we've done what we needed to do to keep a program solvent for future generations.

Brookwood High's Principal is this year's 'Georgia Principal of the Year'

Brookwood High's Principal is this year's 'Georgia Principal of the Year'

Gwinnett County, GA--  The Georgia Association of Secondary High School Principals (GASSP) recently announced that a Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) principal was named the 2011-2012 Georgia High School Principal of the Year. That recognition was presented to Debbie Dees, principal of Gwinnett’s Brookwood High.

Dees now will represent Georgia in the national competition for the NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals)/MetLife National Principal of the Year title. The “Principal of the Year” recognition program recognizes school principals that excel in educational leadership, resolving complex problems, developing self and others and who give back to their communities through community service.

Dees has been a GCPS school administrator for 10 years. But she began serving Gwinnett students long before that when she joined Gwinnett County Public Schools in 1990 as a teacher and coach at Meadowcreek High.

Dekalb Offering Spring Break Day Camps

Dekalb Offering Spring Break Day Camps

DECATUR, Ga. -- (submitted by Dekalb County)  DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs will hold Spring Break Day Camps April 4 - 8, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at all 12 recreation centers. Spring Break Day Camp is the hot spot for kids during the spring break. To embark on the total spring break camp experience, look no further than your local recreation center!

Spring Break Day Camp is a camp for ages 5 -12 and will be held Monday through Friday at a charge of $5 per day. Please make all payments payable by cashiers check or money order to the recreation center of your choice. Participants must provide their own lunch and snack.

For more information, contact LaShanda Trice, Public Education Specialist, at 404-371-3643.