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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.

LOCAL PROFILE: Bryant Gantt continues to make mark on UGA Athletics

LOCAL PROFILE: Bryant Gantt continues to make mark on UGA Athletics

NORTHEAST METRO – The University of Georgia’s football office is home to prominent figures, great history and much heart. Along with all of those things and a number of tireless staff members, it’s also home to former UGA football standout Bryant Gantt and his, almost innate, dedication to the community of UGA football and Athens.  

Gantt, now a program coordinator and recruiting assistant at the school is one of the instrumental forces behind the team’s new mentorship program. Early last year, along with Gantt, Coach Van Halenger, Director of Athletics Greg McGarity and the Associate Athletic Director Carla Williams came together to create a program that paired current UGA football players with leaders in the Athens community for a “different type” of mentorship program. They aimed to connect the players with the Athens community.

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.

Volunteers needed for Atlanta Falcons Gatorade Jr. Training Camp at Burgess-Peterson

Volunteers needed for Atlanta Falcons Gatorade Jr. Training Camp at Burgess-Peterson

ATLANTA – Fourth and fifth grade students at Burgess-Peterson Academy can look forward to a prolonged recess, tomorrow. The Atlanta Falcons Gatorade Jr. Training Camp will be at the school from 9:00 a.m. until noon, on March 29, teaching football skills.

According to the Atlanta Falcons webpage, the camp is a “free program geared towards third through fifth graders that stresses the importance of proper football technique, promotes physical activity and proper hydration." All equipment and supplies will be provided by the Atlanta Falcons and Gatorade.

This event will be held in the school’s gymnasium. Burgess-Peterson is searching for volunteers to assist with this event. For more information contact Coach Betty Jackson at (404) 802-3416 or at bmjackson@atlanta.k12.ga.us.

Burgess-Peterson is located at 480 Clifton Street in Southeast Atlanta.

Gainesville pre-k teachers to work full year despite cuts

Gainesville pre-k teachers to work full year despite cuts

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Despite recent budget cuts, teachers and paraprofessionals in Gainesville City Schools' pre-kindergarten program will continue to work a full 180 days next year.

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Ultimate Block Party at The Goodard School

The Goddard School has joined the Play for Tomorrow movement. Play for Tomorrow’s Ultimate Block Party: the Arts and Sciences of Play, is a new, global movement designed to recognize and celebrate the power of play. The purpose of the Ultimate Block Party is to demonstrate the power of fun and games, for learning, and to help reinforce that how we play as children helps form who we become as adults.

Alexis Love, Flowery Branch Athlete of the Week

FLOWERY BRANCH— No matter the sport or level of competition, it takes more than one player to make a great team.

Just ask Rick Godfrey, who is in his first year as coach of the Flowery Branch volleyball team.

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