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Color your way to a college scholarship

Color your way to a college scholarship

ATLANTA -- Coloring is perhaps one of the first activities a child embarks upon in his or her educational journey. It creates a foundation for activity and a lifetime of learning.

This September, coloring can also help create a financial foundation.

One lucky Georgia child will join Kendall Lapinskas of Dunwoody and Taylor Boyd of Covington in winning a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

Fair helps with college decision making

Fair helps with college decision making

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by Melinda Barry-Dreisbach) Are you confused about college? Then make plans to attend the annual PROBE College Fair at Sandy Creek High on September 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Representatives from local, state and regional colleges, universities, technical colleges, specialty schools, ROTC and military academies will be on hand to talk to students and parents about the unique aspects of their institutions and admission requirements. Financial aid representatives will also be available to answer questions.

Admittance is free and open to the public. Approximately 2,000 students attended the fair last year.

Subway celebrates 500th Metro Atlanta store

Subway celebrates 500th Metro Atlanta store

ATLANTA -- With the arrival of several new stores this month, Subway celebrates the opening of more than 500 stores in Metro Atlanta since its first location in 1977.

This milestone is a testament to the Subway brand and the franchisees who have made it so successful in the Atlanta area -- not to mention the world, as Subway is the planet's largest restaurant chain with over 34,000 locations.

"We continue to offer a dining experience that meets the changing tastes and needs of our loyal patrons, so it is no surprise to see this important achievement," said Christi Estis, director of operations for Subway Development of Atlanta. "We could not have reached this milestone without the dedication of our model franchisees and employees.

Hood Avenue Primary receives donations from SunTrust

Hood Avenue Primary receives donations from SunTrust

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Students and teachers at Hood Avenue Primary were given new school supplies to kick off the school year thanks to the efforts SunTrust Bank in Fayetteville.

The bank donated crayons, makers, pencils and other items that will be used by students at the school. Readily available school supplies let students and teachers focus on what is really important: learning.

School system considering changes to the high school day

School system considering changes to the high school day

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by Melinda Berry-Drisbach) High school students, their parents, teaching and administrative staff, as well as the community at large, are being asked to give their input on altering the high school day.

Three options are being researched that would increase the number of classes that could be taken during the school year, allowing more time for students to enroll in courses of their choosing along with those required for graduation by the Georgia Department of Education.

Student performance on ACT plateaus

Student performance on ACT plateaus

ATLANTA -- Georgia's performance on the ACT college entrance exam was flat this year as the number of students taking the test rose.

Data released Wednesday shows that 21 percent of graduating seniors in Georgia met college-ready standards for English, math, reading and science. That trails the national average of 25 percent.

About 43,000 students, or nearly half of seniors, took the test in Georgia, up from about 40,000 last year.

Traditionally, more Georgia students take the SAT each year, but the number of students taking the ACT is growing.

Georgia students scored an average of 20.6 on the test out of a possible 36, compared to the national score of 21.

Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents is raising health insurance premiums for employees and cutting coverage for about 700 workers.

The board voted Tuesday to hike rates by 5.2 percent. The university system will save $30 million by limiting access to certain doctors and hospitals.

University system workers, like all state employees, received no pay increase this year.

The board also voted to cut insurance for about 700 part-time employees by raising the minimum number of hours they have to work to qualify for coverage from 20 to 30 per week. The change will save about $1.5 million.

This is the first time since 2008 that insurance premiums have increased.