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5 Metro Atlanta schools named Blue Ribbon Schools

5 Metro Atlanta schools named Blue Ribbon Schools

ATLANTA -- Seven public schools and two private schools in Georgia have been named 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

The distinction honors schools for helping students achieve at very high levels and making significant progress in closing the achievement gap.

"[These] schools are to be commended for their outstanding student performance," Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "These awards are just another example of some great things happening in our schools."

Four of Georgia's Blue Ribbon Schools are in Metro Atlanta:

* Big Creek Elementary, Forsyth County
* Fulton Science Academy, Alpharetta
* Peachtree City Elementary, Fayette County
* Timber Ridge Elementary, Cobb County

Also, Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School in Brookhaven was recognized. The selection for private schools is slightly different than that for public schools.

High school sports get a new 'beat'

High school sports get a new 'beat'

ATLANTA -- In just one week, Atlanta-area high school sports will get a new beat.

Beats Battle, the brainchild of atlanta.highschoolsports.net and Patchwerk Recording Studios, will give high school students the chance to use their talents to show pride in their schools and teams.

Each week Patchwerk will provide different beats on atlanta.highschoolsports.net. Students can download the beats, add lyrics that praise their favorite high school teams and upload their products to the Web.

Voters can visit atlanta.highschoolsports.net to select a weekly winner. At the end of the season, one grand prize winner will receive recording time in the legendary Patchwerk Studios.

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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.