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North Forsyth High DECA Taking a Stand Against Texting While Driving

Atlanta, GA--  North Forsyth High School DECA in Cumming is taking a stand against texting while driving.

DECA is an association of marketing students that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools around the globe. The North Forsyth chapter is currently the third largest in the state of Georgia out of about sixty and are active in the community with causes such as autism, breast cancer, and the humane society.

This year, DECA has chosen to promote awareness against texting while 
driving. Representing the campaign are juniors Paige Tanaka and Madeline 
Portscher. The chapter has organized events such as a t-shirt day with 
statistics written on the shirts. November 15-19, they conducted a Pledge 
Week to encourage the students to not text while drive.

Bullying is at an All-Time High, The Geek Squad has some Vital Tips

Atlanta, GA--  A report released by the National Institutes of Health found that kids who are victims of cyber bullying are at a higher risk of depression.  Cyber bullying is defined as the use of e-mail, instant messaging, chat rooms, pagers/cell phones or any other form of technology to communicate offensive, violent or harassing messages to a victim.  The prevalence of bullying is high, with 20.8 percent of U.S. adolescents in school having been bullied physically at least once in the last two months, 53.6 percent having been bullied verbally, and 51.4 percent bullied socially (excluded or ostracized), and 13.6 percent having been bullied electronically.

Listed below are four easy tips, provided by Geek Squad, to help keep kids safe from cyber bullies.

Disney and Steve Harvey are Looking for 100 High School Students...4Days left to Apply!!!

Atlanta, GA--  Steve Harvey is looking for 100 high school students to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will open their minds, change their lives and help them shine their brightest. There is only 4 more days to Apply!!! (Oct.31st Deadline) Atlanta is known for always being represented in the group of 100, so let's do it again and get our applications in!

This year Essence magazine joins forces with Steve Harvey to make Disney’s Dreamers Academy the biggest, brightest and most mind-blowing event yet! The selected attendees will be encouraged to pursue their dreams by highly successful Disney mentors, celebrities, innovators and creators. They will work side-by-side and hand-in-hand with entertainers, culinary artists, financial wizards and magic makers – all have stories to tell and learning experiences to share.

The 18th annual Bus Trip Across Georgia is Visiting Seven Public Schools and Programs doing Right

Atlanta, GA--  The 18th annual Bus Trip Across Georgia is visiting seven public schools and programs that are doing things right.  The tour provides recognition for their efforts and showcases best practices that might be adapted and used elsewhere.  The theme this year is “Greater Flexibility, Greater Focus on Results.”

More than 70 education stakeholders representing business, government, education and citizen groups will participate as riders on two tour buses. Several other participants will join the tour at the respective sites.

Military Service Academy Information Fair for students and parents interested in Military Acad.

Atlanta, GA--  U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) today announced that his District Office, in partnership with 10th District U.S. Rep.

NE Georgia Medical Center to be able to Offer Clinical Pastorial Training

Atlanta, GA--  Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has recently been granted Provisional Candidacy Accreditation as an Institutional Sponsored Center with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).  NGMC has offered Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) since 2000 and has served as a clinical placement site for students under the accreditation of another institution prior to its recent accreditation.

NGMC will now be able to offer clinical training to area clergy under its own accreditation.  “We are very proud to have received this accreditation,” says Jeff Thompson, chaplain and director of the Clinical Pastoral Education Program at NGMC.  “NGMC is currently the only hospital in the North Georgia area and only the second hospital in Georgia, outside the Atlanta area, accredited to offer CPE.”

The ACPE is a multicultural, multi-faith organization devoted to providing education and improving the quality of ministry and pastoral c

Gainesville High Only 1 of 6 GA Schools Recognized as a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School

Atlanta, GA--  Six Georgia public schools were named 2010 National Blue Ribbon Schools today. "These six schools are outstanding examples of how high expectations and hard work can lead to outstanding student achievement," said State Superintendent of Schools Brad Bryant. "These schools show that, regardless of a school's size, geography or demographics, all students can achieve at high levels."

The No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools award distinguishes and honors schools for helping students achieve at very high levels and for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the National Blue Ribbon School award winners this morning.

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