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Publix school supply drive to assist DeKalb students

Publix school supply drive to assist DeKalb 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.

DUNWOODY: Church gives seniors scholarships

DUNWOODY: Church gives seniors scholarships

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Seven high school graduates from Dunwoody United Methodist Church are receiving college scholarships based on their active participation in the church youth group.

"These Senior scholarship recipients are special precisely because of the sincerity of their faith and their loyalty to this church," said DUMC Youth Director Lane Davis.

"They have been on mission trips to jungles and to inner-city communities," Davis said. "They have sung and they have danced in youth choir. They have asked tough questions in Sunday School and wrestled with what their faith means in the context of their lives during Wednesday and Sunday night worship."

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.

Charter school meeting slated for today

Charter school meeting slated for today

ATLANTA - The first meeting of the state Education and Youth Special Sub-Committee meets today to address the Georgia Supreme Court ruling striking down the Georgia Charter Schools Commission.

State Sen. Fran Millar (D-Dunwoody) will chair the meeting 10:00 a.m. at the Georgia State Capitol, in Room 450.

In a 5-4 decision last month, Georgia Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, which has the authority to grant charter school petitions.

The decision put Commission-chartered schools in limbo. An estimated 15,000 children attend those schools.

"Okay. I really don't know where to start," said Art Teacher Sophia Alston as she walks into her empty classroom atImagine Marietta Charter School. Alston and everyone else at the school must now pack everything for good. The school is closing as of June 30 after five years in operation.

FMSA Students Raise Funds to Benefit Japanese Victims

FMSA Students Raise Funds to Benefit Japanese Victims

Janice Roberts' students at First Montessori School of Atlanta were concerned about the destruction in Japan after the tsunami and asked what they could do to help the victims. One of the ideas the kids had was to make and sell jewelry.

Although it took them a while to make enough jewelry from clay and beads to sell, that's what they did, raising approximately $200 in one day to benefit the Japanese victims.

Located on Long Island Drive in Sandy Springs, First Montessori School of Atlanta serves the needs of students ages 18 months to 14 years old.    

 

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.

 

JSU alumni to hold Scholarship Jazz Brunch in Dunwoody

JSU alumni to hold Scholarship Jazz Brunch in Dunwoody

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- The Metro Atlanta chapter of the Jackson State University National Alumni Association is gearing up for its 2011 Scholarship Jazz Brunch.

The event will be Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Villa Christina (4000 Summit Boulevard, Dunwoody, 30319).

Tickets are $40 per person, $75 for a couple or $375 for a table of 10.

This year's brunch will feature the music of Blake Gaines' Jazz Ensemble, as well as a fashion extravaganza, cultural arts exhibits and a silent auction.