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Tucker High Student Awarded Grant to Plant 1,000 Trees in Stone Mountain Area

Tucker High Student Awarded Grant to Plant 1,000 Trees in Stone Mountain Area

Stone Mountain, Ga. – Tucker High School junior Courtney Scott has won a Planet Connect grant from the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) to implement a project to plant 1,000 new trees in the Stone Mountain community.

“Trees are being cut down all around the world,” Ms. Scott wrote in her proposal, entitled ‘Give Back.’ “Not only are animals all over the world losing their homes, but the deforestation is causing climate changes which are becoming a global threat.”

“If people will not stop cutting down trees, then this planet and all its inhabitants are in danger of losing their home.

College: What to Do Once You’ve Been Accepted

OMG… it is such a relief not to have the whole where am I going to go to college thing hanging over my head. 12 years just flew by and I finally made it woo hoo! People keep telling me that the next few months are going to be incredibly busy and exciting as I get ready for the transition from high school senior to college freshman. If any of you have met Mommy Dearest you know that she insists that I do as much as I can for myself. So she helped me come up with a list of things to take care of before my first day on campus.

11Alive morning team gives teachers 'Our Favorite Things'

11Alive morning team gives teachers 'Our Favorite Things'

ATLANTA -- 11Alive's morning team rolled out the red carpet Monday morning to honor Metro Atlanta's "Class Act" teachers. The 31 men and women were nominated by their peers and students for special recognition for their committment to their classes and students.


On Monday, the 31 educators, their principals and some family and friends joined the 11Alive morning team as a live studio audience.


For a Random Act of Kindness, they all received some of our anchors' favorite things:


From Chesley and Men's Warehouse: a stylish matching tie and pocket square.


From Karyn and Spa Sydell: a gift certificate for much-deserved pampering.

NASA astronaut to visit DeKalb schools

NASA astronaut to visit DeKalb schools

DECATUR, Ga. -- Eric A. Boe, a NASA astronaut and Air Force Colonel, will visit a number of DeKalb County schools this week.

In addition, he will hold public sessions at Fernbank Science Center (156 Heaton Park Drive NE, Atlanta, 30307) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 and Friday, May 6.

Col. Boe's schedule in DeKalb is as follows:

Tuesday, May 3

* Cedar Grove Middle School, Decatur
General Presentation
1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, May 4

* Evansdale Elementary School, Doraville
Henderson Middle School, Chamblee
General Presentation
8:30 a.m. to 12 noon

* Sequoyah Middle School, Doraville
General Presentation
1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 5

* Chapel Hill Elementary School, Decatur
General Presentation
9 a.m.

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

All DeKalb County school activities postponed

All DeKalb County school activities postponed

According to Mark Brock of DeKalb County Public Schools:

Due to the uncertainty of the weather at this time DeKalb County Schools are cancelling all athletic events for today (Wednesday). This cancellation includes all home and away events scheduled for today (soccer, baseball, Region 6-AAAA girls track).

Rescheduling of events is underway and I will notify you as soon as possible. Baseball will be moved and played at the scheduled times on Thursday. Region 6-AAAA track at Panthersville will be starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Tune in to 11Alive News at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. for further updates.

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents has announced a hike in both tuition and fees for Georgia's state colleges and universities during a meeting Tuesday.

"It's highly likely that tuition will have to increase to meet the needs of the students and to meet the student growth we have experienced," said Regents executive John Millsaps before the meeting.

The tuition hike comes close on the heels of a major overhual of the popular HOPE scholarship program which means students will be left to pay the rising costs of college in the state.

State representative Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, who played a major role in revamping the HOPE scholarship, says tough choices had to be made to keep the program afloat financially.

"Students are still getting one of the best values in the country," State Rep. Collins said. "We feel like we've done what we needed to do to keep a program solvent for future generations.