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Report: 82.5 percent of Gwinnett schools made AYP

Report: 82.5 percent of Gwinnett schools made AYP

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Four Gwinnett County schools that did not initially make AYP for the 2010-2011 school year have now achieved it after appeals, graduation and summer retest scores, according to a report released this week.

Those four schools are:

* Ferguson Elementary, Duluth
* Creekland Middle, Lawrenceville
* McConnell Middle, Loganville
* Duluth High

Their achievements bumped up Gwinnett County's AYP standing -- 82.5 percent of its schools met their goals.

Of the 22 schools that did not make AYP in 2010-2011, only four face consequences for not meeting their goals for two or more consecutive years:

* Hopkins Elementary, Lilburn
* Sweetwater Middle, Lawrenceville
* Berkmar High, Lilburn
* Phoenix High, Lawrenceville

Santa Needs Your Help

Parents are out of work, jobs are scarce, and a record level of homes are in foreclosure. Even Santa Clause has been forced to tighten his belt. Hundreds of elves have been laid off during the 2011 calendar year and Santa doesn’t have enough toys for all the children.

Can you help?

Santa is seeking elves and Christmas angels to sponsor foster children and children in need this Christmas season. Sponsors will be asked to provide $75 worth of gifts to brighten a child’s Christmas morning. Each child will receive 2 to 3 articles of clothing and 2 to 3 gifts. If you’re a bargain shopper, you don’t even have to spend $75! Others may be interested in sponsoring an entire family. Options are available for all budgets. Santa needs your help to make sure all the children on the nice list are remembered this Christmas.

For more information or to sign up, go to http://actogetherministries.org/

Nominate A Child For Bert’s Big Adventure!

Nominate A Child For Bert’s Big Adventure!

Do you know any children ages 5-12 that have a chronic or terminal illness and live in the Atlanta-area? If so, they probably qualify for Bert's Big Adventure! Download the application or nominate a child.

To qualify, children must be between the ages of 5 and 12 years old, live in “The Bert Show” radio listening area (All the Hits Q100, 99.7 FM) in metro Atlanta, prove financial need and have never been to Walt Disney World®.

Sweet Deal! Celebrate with 50% off Edible Custom Cupcake Toppers ($30 value)

Sweet Deal! Celebrate with 50% off Edible Custom Cupcake Toppers ($30 value)

Tis’ the season for holiday parties, delicious gifts of baked goodies and overflowing dessert buffets. CLICK HERE TO Dazzle your guests with adorable, edible and personalized cupcake toppers from Cake Sugar Designs for just $15. 

THIS EXCLUSIVE DEAL ENDS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27TH AT MIDNIGHT

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Sip, Savor & Shop with Chefs in the City and Virginia Willis

Sip, Savor & Shop with Chefs in the City and Virginia Willis

ATLANTA -- This fall, Grape Crush Productions and Bloomingdale’s are bringing Atlanta’s premier chefs to the kitchen of one of the city’s most celebrated shopping destinations for a monthly event where guests will enjoy a guided tasting of artisan wines, a cooking demonstration by some of the city’s most celebrated chefs and preview the latest in home and fashion décor along with exclusive savings at Bloomingdale’s in Lenox Square mall. 

A celebration of food and fashion, this month the Chefs in the City event brings beloved Southern chef and cookbook author Virginia Willis to the store’s state-of-the-art demo kitchen on Oct. 27, from 6-8 p.m. 

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Fernbank BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get ready to have a screaming (in delight) good time! For one day only, Fernbank Museum is becoming Fernbank BOO-seum. Little Beat Music, Inc. will provide family-friendly tunes and face painting will inspire those who didn’t quite finish their costumes. Plus, enjoy a frightening-ly fun Halloween party featuring games, crafts, hands-on activities and special treats for kids in costumes.* (*Treats available while supplies last.)

$30 = 3 Pre or Post Natal Pilates Classes at CORE Atlanta ($75 value)

$30 = 3 Pre or Post Natal Pilates Classes at CORE Atlanta ($75 value)

Get moving with these 50 minute classes during your pregnancy and after baby! CLICK HERE TO SAVE 60% off Pre or Post Natal Pilates classes at CORE Westside and CORE Buckhead ($75 value).  

THIS EXCLUSIVE DEAL ENDS MONDAY, OCTOBER 24TH AT MIDNIGHT

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