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Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

ATLANTA -- Georgia students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The awards program began searching for its next batch of honorees this week. Recipients of the award are young people who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

"We have been recognizing youth volunteers since 1995 and still, every year, we're amazed by the stories of exemplary community service," Prudential chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said in a statement. "We look forward to honoring the top youth volunteers of 2013 for their selflessness, their initiative and their dedication to changing communities for the better."

New greenhouse gives plant program room to grow

New greenhouse gives plant program room to grow

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- A new horticulture lab is giving students and scientists new ways of studying endangered plants at Brenau University in Gainesville.

The Bilyeu Bio-Science Greenhouse was made possible by donations from Gainesville residents Don and Lori McEachin and Arthur and Pamela Bilyeu.

Jessi Shrout, a Brenau biology professor and director of the university's endangered plant program, says the school has a big need for the greenhouse.

Shrout says the facility provides a sterile environment where plants can grow accustomed to their native environments.

Brenau's endangered plant program began in the summer of 2010.

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Student Advisory Council is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

The Student Advisory Council reports to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

The council will meet twice during the school year -- Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Mar. 6. Applicants must be available to meet on both days.

All Georgia students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," Barge said in a statement. "We want to make education work for all Georgia's students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens."

Ga. Mountains Center to host PROBE College Fair

Ga. Mountains Center to host PROBE College Fair

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- A national college fair is on its way to Hall County.

The Georgia Mountains Center will host the PROBE College Fair from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24.

About 70 colleges, universities and technical colleges will be represented at the fair. All Hall County high school students and their parents are welcome to attend.

Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. To sign up, visit the PROBE College Fair website and click "register now." Students must bring their completed registration pass in order to get into the fair.

School supply lists for Hall County

School supply lists for Hall County

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- The first day of school is right around the corner. Are you ready?

Take advantage of the upcoming tax-free holiday to buy everything you children need to have a great school year.

A full list of supplies can be found on the Hall County Schools website.

When does the school year begin?

When does the school year begin?

ATLANTA -- Summer break is coming to a close for many Atlanta-area students.

In fact, three Atlanta elementary schools -- Boyd, Centennial and Hutchinson -- are already back in session; the year-round schools began the 2012-13 calendar on July 10.

The remainder of metro Atlanta's school districts will open their doors a little later.

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The first day of school for Hall County is Friday, Aug. 10.

Other start dates include:

Monday, July 30
Rockdale County

End-of-Course Test results released

End-of-Course Test results released

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education released system-level results for End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) Tuesday morning.

Parents and students can now visit the Georgia Department of Education's website to see how students in their school system performed. Results for individual schools will be released by July 31.

EOCT tests are more important than ever because they have replaced the graduation tests that kept many students from getting a diploma.

The tests now count for 20% of a student's final grade, up from 15%.

By 2015, students will have to pass all eight tests, spread over their course of their high school careers, to graduate.