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Color your way to a college scholarship

Color your way to a college scholarship

ATLANTA -- Coloring is perhaps one of the first activities a child embarks upon in his or her educational journey. It creates a foundation for activity and a lifetime of learning.

This September, coloring can also help create a financial foundation.

One lucky Georgia child will join Kendall Lapinskas of Dunwoody and Taylor Boyd of Covington in winning a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

Medlock Bridge faculty gets students pumped for Runapalooza

Medlock Bridge faculty gets students pumped for Runapalooza

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- With their second annual Runapalooza Fun Run right around the corner, the administrative team at Medlock Bridge Elementary School in Alpharetta knew it was time to get the students pumped up for the big fundraiser.

On Friday, Aug. 26, principal Margaret Pupillo and her fellow administrators donned blue wigs and star-shaped glasses as they wowed the student body with their rendition of Katy Perry's "Firework" during the Runapalooza Rally.

And the students are starting to get excited for the event, which is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9. The run brings tens of thousands of dollars to the school, with many of the funds going directly to educational initiatives.

Runapalooza involves all Medlock Bridge students completing up to 25 laps on the track. They receive pledges for each lap they run from family, friends, neighbors and other members of the community.

This year, the school-wide goal is $50,000.

Subway celebrates 500th Metro Atlanta store

Subway celebrates 500th Metro Atlanta store

ATLANTA -- With the arrival of several new stores this month, Subway celebrates the opening of more than 500 stores in Metro Atlanta since its first location in 1977.

This milestone is a testament to the Subway brand and the franchisees who have made it so successful in the Atlanta area -- not to mention the world, as Subway is the planet's largest restaurant chain with over 34,000 locations.

"We continue to offer a dining experience that meets the changing tastes and needs of our loyal patrons, so it is no surprise to see this important achievement," said Christi Estis, director of operations for Subway Development of Atlanta. "We could not have reached this milestone without the dedication of our model franchisees and employees.

MIDTOWN: Dream delayed for Tech football player

MIDTOWN: Dream delayed for Tech football player

ATLANTA -- For more than a year, Georgia Tech Defensive Lineman Denzel McCoy has been waiting for the chance to take the field with the Yellow Jackets. Now it seems that chance may never happen.

A highly recruited prep standout from Northview High School, Denzel McCoy was held out of practices last year when a heart ailment was detected during a physical examination. Cardiomyopathy, is the disease that is robbing McCoy of living his dream of playing college football.

Denzel is looking ahead and aiming at earning his degree, while finding other ways to support the Georgia Tech program. Denzel knows the chances are slim, but still clings to a hope that somehow he will get to play just once. If he does, Denzel McCoy says he wants all of the doctors along with family and friends to join him in running behind the Rambling Wreck.

Student performance on ACT plateaus

Student performance on ACT plateaus

ATLANTA -- Georgia's performance on the ACT college entrance exam was flat this year as the number of students taking the test rose.

Data released Wednesday shows that 21 percent of graduating seniors in Georgia met college-ready standards for English, math, reading and science. That trails the national average of 25 percent.

About 43,000 students, or nearly half of seniors, took the test in Georgia, up from about 40,000 last year.

Traditionally, more Georgia students take the SAT each year, but the number of students taking the ACT is growing.

Georgia students scored an average of 20.6 on the test out of a possible 36, compared to the national score of 21.

Fulton school board boundary lines changing

Fulton school board boundary lines changing

FULTON CO., Ga. -- The Fulton County School Board discussed how to redraw its representation boundaries at its most recent work session.

This process, called reapportionment, is necessary every 10 years to comply with legal requirements. Population changes can create unequal representation among districts, so the board is redrawing its boundaries to balance it.

The draft maps were unveiled Wednesday:

North Fulton draft
South Fulton draft

The maps show existing boundaries outlined by a thick black line.

School board announces August community meetings

School board announces August community meetings

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each member of the Fulton County Board of Education sponsors a monthly meeting open to all members of the community.

The sessions provide an opportunity for direct contact with community members and give board members a chance to listen to local issues and concerns.

Board members have set the following meeting dates for August:

District 1 (Linda Schultz)
Monday, Aug. 15 at 9:30 a.m.
Teaching Museum North (793 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell)

District 2 (Katie Reeves)
Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 9:30 a.m.
Creek View Elementary School (3995 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta)

District 3 (Gail Dean)
No meeting in August

District 4 (Linda Bryant)
Monday, Aug.