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7 educators win Round 3 of Innovation in Teaching

7 educators win Round 3 of Innovation in Teaching

(WXIA) -- Seven Georgia teachers have won the third round of Gov. Nathan Deal's Innovation in Teaching competition.

The contest recognizes and rewards math and language arts educators who develop creative strategies to teach and reach their students.

Each winner receives a $2,000 stipend and a $5,000 grant for his or her school to implement the lesson plans. Their methods will also be featured in a Georgia Public Broadcasting program.

A fourth round of winners will be announced in the spring.

The Round 3 winners include:

Lindsay Bowley
Teaches 8th grade English Language Arts
Creekland MS, Cherokee County

Bynikini Frazier
Teaches 1st grade English Language Arts
Hodge ES, Chatham County

Jan Moore
Teaches 3rd grade
Holsenbeck ES, Barrow County

Amy Palermo
Teaches 6th grade English Language Arts
River Trail MS, Fulton County

Clemson signs 6 Ga. students

Clemson signs 6 Ga. students

(WXIA) -- Six young men from Georgia will become Clemson Tigers in the fall.

The students committed to the South Carolina university Wednesday during National Signing Day festivities.

Recruits include:

* Adam Choice, running back
Lives in Thomasville
Attends Thomas County Central HS

* Demarre Kitt, wide receiver
Lives in Fayetteville
Attends Sandy Creek HS

* Kyrin Priester, wide receiver
Lives in Lilburn
Attends Brookwood HS

* Milan Richard, tight end
Lives in Savannah
Attends Calvary Day School

* Korie Rogers, linebacker
Lives in Flowery Branch
Attends Buford HS

* Deshaun Watson, quarterback
Lives in Gainesville
Attends Gainesville HS

COMPLETE COVERAGE | National Signing Day 2014

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

(WXIA) -- It's back! The wildly popular Doodle 4 Google contest, which gives children the opportunity to create a Google Doodle, is now accepting entries.

Students in grades K-12 can enter the competition by drawing the Google logo with the theme, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place ..."

"So many of the world's greatest inventions started out as simple doodles -- just think of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of flying machines long before airplanes were made. We hope students will think big and surprise us with their creative ideas, just like they've done in years past!" Google said in a release.

Google will choose one finalist from each state. Last year's Georgia winner was Christine Jeong, a 5th grader at Wilson Creek Elementary School in Johns Creek. Meet Christine and see her winning doodle.

Brenau University considers Fla. campus

Brenau University considers Fla. campus

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- A north Georgia university is exploring the idea of adding a Florida campus.

Brenau University President Ed Schrader says the Gainesville-based school has plans to expand with a campus in Jacksonville, Fla.

Schrader made the comments Thursday at a meeting of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

The Jacksonville campus would become the Georgia school's first out-of-state venture if it becomes a reality.

Brenau already has a small presence at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in south Georgia, about 40 miles north of Jacksonville.

Schrader said market surveys in the area show a need for continuing education in nursing and graduate education in teacher education and business. He said the idea is in the very early stages.

Ga. Connections Academy accepting applications until Feb. 27

Ga. Connections Academy accepting applications until Feb. 27

(WXIA) -- Sometimes a student is forced to change schools mid-year.

If a child is a promising athlete, a working performer or encounters some type of health issue, online school gives him the flexibility he needs to heal, practice and/or travel.

Georgia Connections Academy, a fully accredited K-12 online school, is now accepting applications for mid-year enrollees in grades K-11. The school allows students to learn at their own pace, be it faster or slower than traditional school.

Visit connectionsacademy.com for more information about the school and to sign up a child. Parents can also call the school at 678-825-3258.

Late enrollment ends Thursday, Feb. 27.

Ga. Lottery posts educational transfers totaling $15B

Ga. Lottery posts educational transfers totaling $15B

ATLANTA – As the Georgia Lottery Corp. celebrates its 20th anniversary, lottery officials today announced record proceeds to education for the first half of fiscal year 2014. The Georgia Lottery’s first-half transfers to the Lottery for Education Account will bring the total raised for educational programs in the state to $15 billion since the lottery’s inception in 1993.

Georgia Lottery returns to education for the first half of fiscal year 2014 totaled $462.1 million, more than $11.6 million ahead of the same period last year.

“More dollars will go to fund educational programs in Georgia than ever before as a result of our strong start to the fiscal year,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford. “We are proud of our accomplishments and remain committed to maximizing revenues to benefit Georgia’s students.”

The first half of the fiscal year spanned from July 1, 2013, to December 31, 2013.

Path2College launches savings sweepstakes

Path2College launches savings sweepstakes

(WXIA) -- Path2College, Georgia's 529 savings plan, has kicked off this year's $25,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes.

The promotion is designed to get parents thinking about saving for college while their children are still young.

Through the sweepstakes, one lucky child will be awarded $15,000 for his or her college education. The winner's school will receive $10,000.

"All you have to do is go online and enter for a chance to win," Path2College exeuctive director Mitch Seabaugh said. "There's nothing to lose by entering, and both a child and his or her school have a lot to gain."

To enter, visit path2college529.com. The sweepstakes is open to current Path2College 529 Plan account owners or non-account owners who live in Georgia and are at least 21 years old.

The contest closes on Sunday, Aug. 10.