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Fayette students to raise money for children's shelter

Fayette students to raise money for children's shelter

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Bloom, Fayette County's charity for abused children, will host a fundraiser at 14 local elementary schools next month.

The 24th annual Power Parade will be held Nov. 3-7. Students at participating schools will take part in a walk-a-thon during their PE classes. They are encouraged to solicit pledges from family, friends and neighbors.

"Bloom's annual walk-a-thon allows students the opportunity to help other children their own age who are living in desperate circumstances," said Deborah Friday, a PE teacher at Peeples Elementary School in Fayetteville. "It's so important to get students involved in supporting our community's charities, especially at a young age."

Participants will also be treated to surprise visits from Powerman, the initiative's mascot. Powerman, a red-masked superhero, will teach children about the importance of helping those in need.

AP exam participation: Fayette County

AP exam participation: Fayette County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Fayette County, 1,576 students took 2,727 AP exams in 2014, and 2,008 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Fayette County public high school:

Fayette County HS
247 students took 358 exams
193 passing scores

2014 SAT scores: Fayette County

2014 SAT scores: Fayette County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 SAT scores were released Tuesday morning.

About 77 percent of the state's high school seniors took the test in 2014. Mean scores include:

State of Georgia
Critical Reading: 488
Math: 485
Writing: 472

In Fayette County, 1,360 students took the SAT in 2014. Mean scores include:

Fayette County
Critical Reading: 528
Math: 528
Writing: 505

Here are the SAT breakdowns for each Fayette County public high school:

Fayette County HS
170 test-takers
Critical Reading: 491
Math: 489
Writing: 465

McIntosh HS
354 test-takers
Critical Reading: 547
Math: 548
Writing: 523

Sandy Creek HS
189 test-takers
Critical Reading: 506
Math: 503
Writing: 476

Elementary Grand Prix Race Series begins Oct. 4

Elementary Grand Prix Race Series begins Oct. 4

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Peachtree City Rotary Club has announced the 2014-15 lineup of its popular Elementary Grand Prix Race Series.

The series was started in 2005 as a way to curb childhood obesity in Peachtree City and Fayette County. Every elementary school in the county hosts a 5K to encourage students and their families to run and to lead active, healthy lives.

Last year's series raised about $100,000 for the rotary club and local schools.

Participants earn points at each race; the higher they place in their age groups, the more points they earn. The top three finishers in each age group will receive plaques and be recognized at a special rotary club reception in May.

This year's schedule includes:

Saturday, Oct. 4
Fayetteville Elementary 5K
(490 Hood Avenue)

Saturday, Oct. 25
Peeples Elementary 5K
(153 Panther Path)

2014 Reward Schools: Fayette County

2014 Reward Schools: Fayette County

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has released its list of 2014 Reward Schools.

Such schools are identified under the state's waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. They are Title I schools that fall into one of two categories.

Fayette County's 2014 Reward Schools include:

Highest Performing -- Among the top 5 percent of Georgia's Title I schools; have highest absolute performance from all student groups for at least three years
* Inman Elementary School
* Oak Grove Elementary School

Highest Progress -- Among the top 10 percent of Georgia's Title I schools; make the most progress in improving performance from all student groups for at least three years
* Fayette County had no Highest Progress schools in 2014

PROBE College Fair coming to Fayette

PROBE College Fair coming to Fayette

TYRONE, Ga. -- The popular PROBE College Fair will stop in Tyrone this week, giving high school students an opportunity to speak directly to representatives from their favorite colleges and universities.

The fair will be Thursday, Sept. 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Sandy Creek High School.

A number of schools in several states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee and the Carolinas, will be represented. See a complete list of participating colleges.

Learn more and register to attend the fair at gaprobe.org.

Sandy Creek High School is located at 360 Jenkins Road.

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has made free interactive digital textbooks available on its website.

Students, parents and educators are welcome to use the books, which feature games, discussion questions, quizzes and other study elements.

They are available for middle and high school courses in such subjects as language arts, math, science, social studies, electives and several world languages -- Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said students who have used the digital textbook have had much classroom success with them.

Visit gavirtuallearning.org to access the textbook materials.