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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.

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.

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.

Covington teacher named 2011 Unsung Hero

Covington teacher named 2011 Unsung Hero

COVINGTON, Ga. -- A teacher at West Newton Elementary School in Covington has been honored by the ING Unsung Heroes program.

Donna Wands received a $2,000 grant to fund "What's Cooking?", an idea that encourages students to make healthy eating choices and help their parents in the kitchen.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Unsung Heroes program, which honors educators who have not received due recognition for making a significant impact in their students' lives.

"ING is proud to celebrate this milestone of our Unsung Heroes program and is honored to recognize the hard work and dedication of our nation's teachers," said Brian Comer, president of public markets for ING U.S. Retirement Services.

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.

Sending Your Baby To Kindergarten

Sending Your Baby To Kindergarten

 

The school bell will ring soon and many parents will send a child to kindergarten. This is always an emotional time for parents. For some, it will be sending your first born and for others it will be sending the youngest of four. Kindergarten is an important milestone in your child’s life. Your child’s maturity will grow tremendously this year and you’ll get to see a small glimpse of how your hard work over the past 5 years has shaped your child. It wasn’t that long ago that you held your precious baby in your arms for the first time. Where did the time go? Now it’s time to send that little baby off to kindergarten. 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.

Kids head back to school despite heat

Kids head back to school despite heat

CANTON, Ga. -- No more sleeping in for kids in Cherokee, Floyd, Henry and Rockdale counties.

They headed back to school Monday, yet another day when temps will climb over 90 degrees.

It means schools systems are dealing with issues ranging from sweaty gymnasiums to stuffy school buses.

"We have one (air conditioning) unit here and one unit at the rear," said Cherokee County Schools Director of Transportation Ken Johnson as he walked through a special needs bus.

Nearly 50 percent of Cherokee school buses currently have air-conditioning systems.

Drivers can cool all of the district's special needs buses. Officials retrofitted 30 special needs buses and purchased another 24 already equipped with the units.

Of the system's regular bus fleet, 119 buses have air conditioning units.