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Publix school supply drive to assist Fulton students

Publix school supply drive to assist Fulton 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.

Local teens recognized for community service

Local teens recognized for community service

ATLANTA -- Five extraordinary Metro Atlanta students have been recognized by Bank of America for their commitment to improving their communities.

The students are among 230 of their peers nationwide selected for the Student Leaders Program, which provides high school juniors and seniors with paid eight-week summer internships at local nonprofits, including United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta.

In addition to the interships, Student Leaders will participate in a week-long Bank of America summit next week in Washington, D.C.

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.

Fulton school board approves budget for 2011-12

Fulton school board approves budget for 2011-12

FULTON CO., Ga. -- The Fulton County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve an $819.5 million general fund budget for the 2011-12 school year.

The budget provides funding for an anticipated 1,600 additional students, as well as teachers and support staff needed to accommodate the growth.

It does not include any furlough days for employees, and if the proposed millage rate is approved, there will be no property tax increase for most homeowners.

"This budget is an indication that the state and local financial landscape is improving," said Robert Avossa, superintendent of the Fulton County School System. "I give credit to [former superintendent] Dr.

56 Fulton seniors win National Merit scholarships

56 Fulton seniors win National Merit scholarships

FULTON CO., Ga. -- More than 50 Fulton County graduating seniors received National Merit scholarships this year.

This prestigious honor comes with a college fund ranging from $500 to $10,000.

National Merit Scholars are identified through exceptionally high scores on the PSAT, which students take as high school juniors.

In addition to having record high academic performances, Fulton's 56 scholars were endorsed by leaders in their schools and earned high SAT scores that confirmed their earlier qualifying performances.

The 2011 National Merit Scholars from Fulton County are:

Alpharetta High
* Ad A. Aton
* Lauren A. Jarrett Aton
* Nissa W. Mai Aton
* Sanchit Malhotra Aton
* Vishwajeeth R. Pasham Aton
* William D. Horton
* Nicole M. Jin
* Gautam R. Narula
* Margaret E. Nickens
* Anjaly S. Poruthoor
* Nandhini L.

New leaders named to four North Fulton schools

New leaders named to four North Fulton schools

FULTON CO., Ga. -- New principals for four North Fulton schools were recently approved by the Fulton County school board.

"It's my privilege to announce this group of new leaders," said Superintendent Cindy Loe. "Their leadership has made their current schools stand out academically and I know they will do the same in their new posts."

Amy Gamble
Woodland Charter Elementary School, Sandy Springs

Gamble may be new to the Fulton County School System, but she is no stranger to Sandy Springs -- as an assistant principal at Vanderlyn Elementary School in Dunwoody, she was only three miles away from Woodland.

Before coming to DeKalb County, Gamble began her teaching career in Florida, where she taught at a number of elementary schools.

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.