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Local banks, children collect 4 tons of PB&J

Local banks, children collect 4 tons of PB&J

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Metro Atlanta students have come through for their fellow children in a big way, "spreading the love" through peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Bank of North Georgia and Bank of Coweta recently hosted their fourth annual food drive to benefit 30 local food pantries.

University of Phoenix offers military scholarships

University of Phoenix offers military scholarships

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- In honor of Memorial Day, University of Phoenix now offers flexible education options to help military personnel reach their education goals.

The 2011 University of Phoenix AMVETS Scholarship program was created in appreciation of the sacrifice that active duty servicemembers, veterans and their families make for the country.

The school and AMVETS, an advocacy group for veterans' education, are awarding $350,000 through 50 scholarships to pursue a degree through the University of Phoenix.

"AMVETS is proud to partner with the University of Phoenix to help our veterans and their families reach their educational goals," said AMVETS national commander Jerry Hotop.

Berry wins gold at Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge

Berry wins gold at Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge

ROME, Ga. -- The dairy team from Berry College recently earned Gold Award status in the 10th annual North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge.

The Gold Award is a high level of honor given for excellence during the competition.

Berry's team used knowledge from college classes and additional training to research and present an anyalysis of an assigned dairy to a panel of judges.

Virtual school to hold information session

Virtual school to hold information session

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Georgia Connections Academy (GACA), the state's first full-time virtual charter school, is hosting a local information session to educate families on its unique curriculum.

The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Northpoint (10975 Georgia Lane, Alpharetta, 30022).

Because GACA is a Georgia public school, there are no costs for tuition, fees or supplies. The online academy can enroll students in grades K-12 from anywhere in the state and will offer an accountable, high-quality public education option.

For more information on GACA, call 1-800-382-6010.

Students at Mount Pisgah Christian School Boost Lifesaving Cancer Research with Spare Change

Students at Mount Pisgah Christian School Boost Lifesaving Cancer Research with Spare Change

Students at Mount Pisgah Christian School raised $31,511.94 to help fund cures for cancer and provide help and hope to thousands of patients and their families, through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies for Patients program.

Mount Pisgah Christian School has been involved in Pennies for Patients for the past ten years, raising over $155,259 throughout the years. Thanks to the leadership of the school staff Daryl Brooks, Bob Denham, and John Whitehurst, the students are inspired to save lives for leukemia and lymphoma patients.

“Thanks to research, nearly 90% of children with acute leukemia are now cured,” said Emily Milian, School & Youth Campaign Manager, of LLS’s Georgia Chapter. “But there still is a long way to go. Leukemia affects more children than any other cancer, so LLS’s School & Youth Programs provide a meaningful way for kids to help kids.

New principals named to two Fulton schools

New principals named to two Fulton schools

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- New principals for two Fulton County schools have been named by the school system.

"I'm pleased to announce that Kirk Shrum from Hamilton County Schools and Grant Rivera from Cobb County Schools will be joining the Fulton County School System," said Superintendent Cindy Loe.

Charter school law declared unconstitutional

Charter school law declared unconstitutional

ATLANTA -- A Georgia law that cleared the way for a surge in new charter schools was struck down by the state's top court in a high-profile decision that will affect thousands of students and could reshape how the state's public school system is funded.

The Georgia Supreme Court's 4-3 decision on Monday overturned the 2008 Georgia Charter Schools Commission Act, which allowed the state to approve and fund charter schools over the objection of local school boards.