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50 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up' to promote tolerance

50 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up' to promote tolerance

ATLANTA -- Fifty schools in Georgia were represented at this year's Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

The event, which is part of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project, encourages children to step outside their comfort zones and sit with someone new at lunch.

"When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common," Teaching Tolerance director Maureen Costello said in a statement. "Mix It Up is a positive step that can help create schools where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group."

Nearly 3,000 schools across the country took part in Mix It Up at Lunch Day on Oct. 30.

Participating Georgia schools include:

Atlanta
Galloway School
North Atlanta HS
School of Health Sciences and Research at Carver

Bibb County
Stratford Academy

Become a Fulton 'Principal for a Day'

Become a Fulton 'Principal for a Day'

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- During the week of Nov. 12, Fulton County's principals will "hand over the keys" to a series of new principals from throughout the community.

The school system's annual Principal for a Day program puts local business and community leaders in the driver's seat at schools across the county. The temporary principals perform all the duties of the permanent ones, including staff meetings, parent conferences, classroom observations, lunchroom and carpool duties, and all the unexpected events in between.

To become a principal for a day, visit fultonschools.org.

The Principal for a Day program coincides with American Education Week, which is sponsored every year by the National Education Association.

Clayton State to host Study Abroad Fair

Clayton State to host Study Abroad Fair

MORROW, Ga. -- Clayton State University's Office of International Programs will host its annual Study Abroad Fair this Tuesday.

The fair is free and open to the public. It gives students the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of spending a semester or longer in another country.

"Dozens of options are available that allow students to find programs in their major areas of study, or they can explore options to earn credit toward Clayton State general elective requirements," Cele Blair, CSU assistant director of International Programs, said of the fair.

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 23 in the James M. Baker University Center.

Learn more about the fair and other international opportunities offered by Clayton State University at clayton.edu.

Premier Academy hosts golf tournament to provide scholarships for low-income families

Premier Academy hosts golf tournament to provide scholarships for low-income families

ATLANTA -- Premier Academy, Inc. will host its annual 2012 Legacy Golf Tournament, providing scholarships for low-income families of preschoolers on Friday, October 26th at Browns Mill Golf Course 480 Cleveland Avenue, Atlanta GA 30354 starting with continental breakfast and shotgun beginning at 8:30am. The cost to participate is $100 per person or $400 per team with proceeds to provide scholarships for early education for low-income families.

South Fulton SAT scores released

South Fulton SAT scores released

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The average SAT scores for Georgia's Class of 2012 were released Monday.

According to the results, which were posted by the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia's graduating seniors scored an average of 1452 out of 2400 on the test.

Westlake High in Atlanta had the area's highest average SAT score, at 1316.

The score breakdown of South Fulton County's high schools is as follows:

Banneker HS
92 students took the SAT in 2012
Overall: 1160
Critical Reading: 391
Math: 389
Writing: 380

Creekside HS
158 students took the SAT in 2012
Overall: 1250
Critical Reading: 413
Math: 420
Writing: 417

Langston Hughes HS
260 students took the SAT in 2012
Overall: 1231
Critical Reading: 418
Math: 404
Writing: 409

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

ATLANTA -- Georgia children in Pre-K through 5th grade can now color their way to a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

In honor of College Savings Month, the statewide college savings program is hosting a coloring contest with a $1,529 scholarship at stake.

To win the money, children must color a picture of Hootie the Wise Old Owl and complete a sentence: When I graduate, I'm going to be a ________.

Download the picture of Hootie here.

Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30 and must be received no later than Oct. 5. More information about the contest can be found at path2college529.com.

A winner will be randomly chosen in mid-October.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

ATLANTA -- Georgia students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The awards program began searching for its next batch of honorees this week. Recipients of the award are young people who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

"We have been recognizing youth volunteers since 1995 and still, every year, we're amazed by the stories of exemplary community service," Prudential chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said in a statement. "We look forward to honoring the top youth volunteers of 2013 for their selflessness, their initiative and their dedication to changing communities for the better."