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Schools vie for charter school of year award

Schools vie for charter school of year award

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Charter Schools Association has created a "charter school of the year" award with help from the Coca-Cola Foundation.

The first winner of the award will be announced at the association's annual meeting in October in Macon. The award carries a $50,000 prize.

Schools in the 18-county Metro Atlanta area can qualify. They must have been open five years and have demonstrated academic success and sound fiscal practices.

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Georgia has more than 200 charter schools statewide. The schools are funded by taxpayer dollars but are given flexibility in how they meet federal education benchmarks.

Free and cheap school supplies

Free and cheap school supplies

ATLANTA -- This is the best time of year to buy both school supplies and office supplies.  Some things are as low as a penny, or even free after rebates!

I set out to find the best deals on a typical kindergarten or first grade supply list from Atlanta Public Schools.

I found the most convenient way to buy supplies is to order them through SchoolPak.com. The company will ship a box of required supplies to your home or school. The first grade list came to $55.34 including shipping.

I set out to see if I could find better deals in the stores. First our summer intern Katie and I went through the weekly sale flyers in search of the lowest possible prices for every item on our list.

DCSS annouces appoints PIO

DCSS annouces appoints PIO

DECATUR, Ga. – Recently, the DeKalb County School System announced the appointment of their new Public Information Officer, Rodney Jenkins.

Jenkins served as a communications director for the Georgia Department of Administrative Services and will serve as chief spokesperson for the school district, in his new capacity.

Jenkins can be reached at 404-486-3710 and e-mail at Rodney_Jenkins@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us

Mountain West Church Gives Back to Local Teachers and Families

Mountain West Church Gives Back to Local Teachers and Families

Tucker, GA --  (submitted by Mountian West Church) 

Mountain West Church is giving back to local school teachers and holding their annual Back 2 School Blessing services on Sunday, August 7, 2011.

Church representatives sought out seven area teachers to get school supply lists and teacher dream items.  Economic conditions have caused decreases in both school budgets and parent supply contributions.  Teachers play a significant role in shaping the lives and education of children.  Providing school supplies to these teachers is a way for the Mountain West Church community to give back and fulfill the church mission of love God and love people.

Mountain West Church is also holding their annual Back 2 School Blessing Services.  The special service will include special performances, prayer over the youth, and presentation of all donated school supplies to the teachers.

The special services will be held Sunday, August 7, 2011 a

Back to School Bash this weekend

Back to School Bash this weekend

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- The second annual Stone Mountain Back to School Bash will be held this weekend.

Families are invited to come out from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 16 for a free evening of fun, including a screening of Never Say Never, the Justin Bieber movie.

The Back to School Bash also provides free school supplies to children who need them. Last year, 700 kids benefitted from the supplies; this year, city officials predict that about 1,000 children will be helped.

The event is supported by elected officials, local businesses and the charitable people of Stone Mountain.

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.

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.