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Ga. school nurses to gather in Peachtree City

Ga. school nurses to gather in Peachtree City

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The Georgia Association of School Nurses will gather in Peachtree City this month for its annual conference.

The conference July 11-14 is at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center (2443 Highway 54 West). The keynote speaker is Garry McGiboney from the Georgia Department of Education.

The association is facing a tough year for school nurses in Georgia.

The state ranks near the bottom of the nation in the ratio of nurses to students. The state has one full-time nurse per every 2,317 students, far outpacing the recommended number of 750 students.

And that likely will only get worse.

KSU athletes hold soccer camp in Ecuador

KSU athletes hold soccer camp in Ecuador

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Six athletes and one coach from Kennesaw State University's women's soccer team are making plans to travel to Ecuador to conduct a soccer camp for 150 children.

The invitation to begin the camp was an outgrowth of KSU's Student Teaching International Study Abroad program held in conjunction with Colegio Menor and Universidad de San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador.

"This soccer camp is an excellent example of Kennesaw State's international outreach and engagement," said KSU president Daniel S. Papp. "Our international programs are central to KSU's academic mission, and we encourage our students to take part and get involved in these exciting projects."

This will be the first time any KSU student-athletes have ventured outside of the country to conduct a summer camp.

Isakson announces U.S. military academy appointees

Isakson announces U.S. military academy appointees

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Johnny Isakson is proud to announce that 29 Georgia students have received appointments to prestigious military academies.

"One of my favorite tasks each year is to nominate promising young leaders to our nation's military academies," Isakson said. "This was an extremely competitive year and I congratulate these appointees who will make Georgia and America proud."

Each member of Congress must nominate young people to the nation's military academies every year.

Those who are accepted are awarded full four-year scholarships that include tuition, books, board, medical and dental care.

Isakson will host a reception for the students and their families on Sunday, June 12 at the Georgian Club (100 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta).

The accepted students for 2011 include:


2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Georgia parents have two new opportunities to begin saving for their kids' college educations.

The Path2College 529 Plan is giving significant college contributions to two lucky Georgia children through its Newborn Sweepstakes and Destination College Savings Sweepstakes.

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal is an advocate of the latter program, which she helped launch during her Read Across Georgia tour last month.

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Through the Newborn Sweepstakes, one Georgia baby born between Jan. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2011 will be awarded $5,529 toward a Path2College 529 Plan.

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

ATLANTA -- State lawmakers are planning to meet next week to hammer out solutions for more than a dozen charter schools that face closing after a Georgia Supreme Court ruled the state commission that created them is unconstitutional.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Fran Millar said the meeting is set for June 3 at 10 a.m. at the Capitol. The Atlanta Republican says the goal is to make sure the 16,000 students enrolled in the schools have an "education setting that meets their needs" when school starts this fall.

Millar has invited several state officials, including state schools Superintendent John Barge and Mark Peevy, executive director of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission.


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.

Dissecting frogs fascinates third graders

Dissecting frogs fascinates third graders

PEACHTREE CITY - "Oh, see his eyeball!"
"Oh, yeah. I feel the maxillary!"
"I didn't know that it had two livers. I just think that's so interesting!"

The exclamations of third graders at Landmark Chistian Academy has hit a fever pitch.

"Get your pointer and see if you can find the tympana or the ear drums on your frog," said Diane Calsbeek, their teacher.

Their enthusiasm hits the right mark for teacher Calsbeek, whose excitement matches that of the students.

"This is Christmas. This is the highlight of my school year, because when they open that cavity and say, look, I see a fat body, I don't know, I get very excited about this," said Calsbeek."You can hear it in the room today. They'll never look at a frog again, the same. They've now been studying him, the outside, the inside. Touching him does something remarkable."