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September is Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month

September is Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month

ATLANTA -- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is a beacon of help and guidance to those touched by blood cancer.  Each September LLS observes Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month to shed light on these diseases and let the public know that there are resources available for blood cancer patients and their families.

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."

Gwinnett takes part in teacher evaluations project

Gwinnett takes part in teacher evaluations project

ATLANTA -- Georgia's largest school district will participate in a trial run of a new system evaluating teachers and principals on students' progress.

A local paper is reporting that Gwinnett County will take part in the evaluation system called the Race to the Top project.

Fifty-six of Gwinnett's schools and 5,109 teachers are participating in an expanded pilot that is set to be in place in 26 local school districts next year and throughout the state by 2014-2015.

Georgia received a $400 million federal grant in 2010. Gwinnett and 25 other districts signed on as the state's partners and participated in a four-month mini pilot of the evaluation system during the past school year.

State officials are still awaiting a final report on that pilot, but moving ahead with this year's expanded pilot.

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Student Advisory Council is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

The Student Advisory Council reports to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

The council will meet twice during the school year -- Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Mar. 6. Applicants must be available to meet on both days.

All Georgia students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," Barge said in a statement. "We want to make education work for all Georgia's students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens."

4 Berry grads join Teach for America

4 Berry grads join Teach for America

ROME, Ga. -- Four recent graduates of Berry College have been selected for the prestigious Teach for America program.

Teach for America has also named Berry a focus school for the fall, with the hope of recruiting good candidates from the college.

The program works in partnership with communities across the country to expand educational opportunities for children facing poverty. Teach for America recruits recent college graduates to spend two years teaching in high-need areas. More than 10,000 people will teach in 46 areas, including Detroit, Memphis, New Mexico and the Mississippi Delta region, this fall.

This year's Berry College recruits include:

Chauncey Brown
Hometown: Hermitage, Penn.
Major: Middle grades
Will teach in the Mississippi Delta region

Alisha Dosani
Hometown: Lilburn, Ga.
Major: Marketing
Will teach in Oklahoma

Tips for Kindergarten Parents

Tips for Kindergarten Parents

Where did the time go? Wasn't it yesterday that you brought the baby home from the hospital? It's back to school time again and for those sending a child to kindergarten, it can be quite emotional... for parents anyway. Kindergarten is a special time and you'll begin seeing pay off on your hard work over the past 5 years. For most this will be the first full school day, the first year to ride the school bus, the first year to have homework, and the first year when peer influences begin to play a role.

APS, Gwinnett students among those back today

APS, Gwinnett students among those back today

ATLANTA -- Georgia's largest school system, Gwinnett, is back in session this week, as well as Atlanta Public Schools and several others.

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We have some information you need to know as kids head back to class.

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