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Publix school supply drive to assist Hall students

Publix school supply drive to assist Hall students

ATLANTA -- Parents and teachers know that having the right school supplies can mean the difference between a passing or a failing grade for students.

That's why Publix has teamed up with the United Way and several local partners to host the School Tools for Cool Kids program.

Residents can stop by their neighborhood Publix grocery stores from Monday, July 18 until Sunday, Aug. 14 to purchase and/or drop off school supplies in the School Tools bins.

"We encourage customers to donate school supplies to help . . . children begin the school year on a level playing field," said Brenda Reid, media and community relations manager for Publix.

Isakson announces U.S. military academy appointees

Isakson announces U.S. military academy appointees

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Johnny Isakson is proud to announce that 29 Georgia students have received appointments to prestigious military academies.

"One of my favorite tasks each year is to nominate promising young leaders to our nation's military academies," Isakson said. "This was an extremely competitive year and I congratulate these appointees who will make Georgia and America proud."

Each member of Congress must nominate young people to the nation's military academies every year.

Those who are accepted are awarded full four-year scholarships that include tuition, books, board, medical and dental care.

Isakson will host a reception for the students and their families on Sunday, June 12 at the Georgian Club (100 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta).

The accepted students for 2011 include:


2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Georgia parents have two new opportunities to begin saving for their kids' college educations.

The Path2College 529 Plan is giving significant college contributions to two lucky Georgia children through its Newborn Sweepstakes and Destination College Savings Sweepstakes.

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal is an advocate of the latter program, which she helped launch during her Read Across Georgia tour last month.

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Through the Newborn Sweepstakes, one Georgia baby born between Jan. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2011 will be awarded $5,529 toward a Path2College 529 Plan.

Regents take action to help students transfer college credits

Regents take action to help students transfer college credits

ATLANTA -- The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) has approved a policy change designed to further enhance postsecondary completion in Georgia.

This change will allow additional courses from the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) to transfer to all of the USG's 35 degree-granting institutions.

While hundreds of courses currently transfer from TCSG colleges to individual USG schools, only credits in five TCSG core courses are transferable to all USG campuses:

* Math
* Algebra
* Pre-calculus
* English composition (two courses)

The Board's action adds five TCSG courses in American literature, psychology, economics, sociology and public speaking to that list.

"Our action is good news for Georgia's students," said Board chairman Willis Potts.

Local schools receive Lowe's Toolbox for Education grants

Local schools receive Lowe's Toolbox for Education grants

ATLANTA -- Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded 14 Lowe's Toolbox for Education grants to Georgia schools.

All of the grants were given during the spring 2011 grants cycle. They are among more than 480 schools and parent organizations that were given money for parent-initiated school improvement projects benefiting public education across the country.

"Through Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant program, we are acknowledging parent-initiated efforts that enhance the lives of children in the communities we serve," said Marshall Croom, chairman of Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation.

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

ATLANTA -- State lawmakers are planning to meet next week to hammer out solutions for more than a dozen charter schools that face closing after a Georgia Supreme Court ruled the state commission that created them is unconstitutional.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Fran Millar said the meeting is set for June 3 at 10 a.m. at the Capitol. The Atlanta Republican says the goal is to make sure the 16,000 students enrolled in the schools have an "education setting that meets their needs" when school starts this fall.

Millar has invited several state officials, including state schools Superintendent John Barge and Mark Peevy, executive director of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission.


GAINESVILLE: Schools consider drug testing teens

GAINESVILLE: Schools consider drug testing teens

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Gainesville school board members are exploring the idea of drug testing some high school students.

Board members plan to discuss the topic at a June 3 meeting.

Board members want to address some concerns and questions about the proposed program, including what type of disciplinary action would be involved.

Local lawyer Stanley Hawkins said that students would agree to the drug tests in order to participate in athletics or drive to school. He said a positive test would limit the student's ability to participate in those activities.

Gainesville High Principal Chris Mance said the program would give students a way to resist peer pressure. Mance said students would be able to tell their peers they can't do drugs because they might get drug tested.