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Voters weigh education sales tax with SPLOST

Voters weigh education sales tax with SPLOST

ATLANTA -- Voters in two cities and six counties in Metro Atlanta will decide on Nov. 8 whether to renew a one-cent sales tax for school construction.

The education SPLOST is one-cent special purpose local option sales tax that was first approved by voters in Atlanta, Decatur and Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cherokee, Douglas and Henry counties in 1997.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters will be asked to continue that tax with SPLOST IV.

Fulton County Youth Commissioners Kickoff "Can-Paign to Fight Hunger"

Fulton County Youth Commissioners Kickoff "Can-Paign to Fight Hunger"

Fulton County Youth Commissioners will kick off the “Can-Paign to Fight Hunger” on Monday, November 14, 2011, with a can collection competition among six Fulton County High Schools and four businesses.  They want to reach a goal to deliver 30 barrels of canned food to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.  The filled barrels would feed 8,550 people (285 people per barrel) in need of nutritious food.

The deadline to fill the 30 barrels is December 16.  Those organizations that collect the most cans will receive H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everyday) Awards.  Cans will be counted at every drop-off location to determine the winning organizations.  In 2010, Youth Commissioners collected, 5,700 cans to feed families, shelters and non-profit organizations registered with the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

ATLANTA -- State officials have re-opened the pool for $10 million in low interest student loans. 

Lawmakers had set aside $20 million to help families after an overhaul of the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship took effect this summer.

Only about 5,200 students applied for the loans during the initial application period, which ended in July.

The Georgia Student Finance Authority has now re-opened the application process for the remaining $10 million in available loans.

Students have until Oct. 31 to apply for the Student Access Loan Program. 

For applications and details, visit GAcollege411's website.

Want to be a Fulton County principal for a day?

Want to be a Fulton County principal for a day?

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Think you've got what it takes to comfort a crying kindergartner? Manage the morning carpool?

Students begin 'lemonade war' for a cause

Students begin 'lemonade war' for a cause

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Students at Dolvin Elementary School in Johns Creek recently began a "war," but instead of destruction, this battle resulted in good.

On Saturday, Oct. 1, nearly 100 children and parents from the Dolvin subdivisions set up lemonade stands with proceeds benefiting childhood cancer research.

At the end of the day, the students collected nearly $2,500 for their cause. Together, they gathered up more than 1,100 toiletry items to put into care packages for children undergoing cancer treatment.

Although the Dumoor/Waters Cove/Woodbrooke team won the challenge by raising $1,044, the real winners are the young cancer patients, as researchers will use the money to move one step closer to finding a cure.

15 Fulton students named National Achievement semifinalists

15 Fulton students named National Achievement semifinalists

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fifteen students in nine Fulton County high schools have been named semifinalists for one of the nation's most prestigious scholarships for African-American high school students.

These students hope to be counted among 1,300 finalists nationwide competing for 700 scholarships valued at $2,500 each. The finalists will be announced in January.

To become a semifinalist, an African-American students must score exceptionally high on the PSAT when he or she is a high school junior.

85 North Fulton students named National Merit semifinalists

85 North Fulton students named National Merit semifinalists

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- A whopping 85 students in the Fulton County School System have been named semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

These high school seniors will now compete nationally for 8,300 Merit Scholarship award, valued at about $34 million. Finalists will be named this winter, and winners will be announced in the spring.

To qualify for the prestigious scholarship, students must earn exceptionally high scores on the PSAT, which they take as high school juniors. In order to become finalists, the North Fulton semifinalists must maintain high GPAs, be endorsed by school leadership and earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier test performances. They must also fill out a detailed application and write a self-descriptive essay.

This year's Fulton County finalists are:

Alpharetta High
Jane R.