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Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is making it easier for families to pay for college by holding two scholarship giveaways.

The deadline to enter both contests is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mitch Seabaugh, director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said the two sweepstakes are designed to encourage families to start saving for college while their children are still very young.

"If 10,000 more Georgia families start saving for college, that's 10,000 more children who will have a head start toward achieving their dream when they graduate from high school," he said in a statement.

Seabaugh added that the sweepstakes also benefit young students because they provide money for schools and libraries.

The first contest -- the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes -- will gives $10,529 to two lucky winners: a current Path2College account holder and a non-account holder. The two winners' schools will each receive $10,529.

Chamber to host Partners in Education event

Chamber to host Partners in Education event

CONYERS, Ga. -- The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce has planned an event designed to highlight the many advantages of becoming a Partner in Education with county schools.

The event, I Can Do That!, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 11:30 a.m. in the Rockdale Career Academy auditorium.

I Can Do That! will showcase the opportunities available to local businesses interested in becoming Partners in Education. A free lunch will be served to attendees.

For more information and to register, visit conyers-rockdale.com.

Rockdale Career Academy is located at 1064 Culpepper Drive.

Back to school fair in Conyers

Back to school fair in Conyers

CONYERS, Ga. -- Clark Angels Credit Foundation will hold a back to school health and science fair in Rockdale County later this month.

The event will be Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rockdale Voter's Registration Building.

Festivities include a school supply giveaway, health screenings, face painting, arts and crafts, financial education and a chance for attendees to give blood. Everything is free.

Visit conyers-rockdale.com for more information.

The Rockdale Voter's Registration Building is located at 1400 Parker Road in Conyers.

First days of school in metro Atlanta

First days of school in metro Atlanta

CONYERS, Ga. -- It's only mid-July, but many metro Atlanta students are preparing to head back to school.

Monday, July 15 is the first day of the 2013-14 school year for children at three Atlanta schools -- Boyd, Centennial Place and Hutchinson elementary schools -- and the Elite Scholars Academy in Clayton County.

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In Rockdale County, the first day of school is Monday, Aug. 5.

Other school start dates throughout north Georgia include:

Thursday, Aug. 1
Decatur City
Paulding County

Friday, Aug. 2
Newton County

Monday, Aug. 5
Cherokee County
Floyd County
Henry County

Tuesday, Aug. 6
Coweta County

Open houses begin July 29

Open houses begin July 29

CONYERS, Ga. -- School will begin in less than a month in Rockdale County, and open houses are just around the corner.

Monday, Aug. 5 is the first day of school, meaning that introductory events will be held as soon as early July.

See a complete list of upcoming open houses at rockdale.12.ga.us.

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

ATLANTA -- Georgia's results for the 2013 CRCT reveal an improvement over the 2012 results.

The scores, which were released Tuesday morning, show 18 increases, five decreases and seven tests where the passing rates did not change.

"Our results this year on the CRCT show consistent progress and we continue to see many students scoring in the exceeds category," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "This is a testament to the great work our teachers are doing to take students to higher levels of learning."

In Rockdale County, the percentages of students who met or exceeded standards on the 2013 CRCT include:

Reading: 94.31
Math: 81.37
Science: 81.85
Social Studies: 86.42

See the full results at 11Alive.com/CRCT.

Summer school begins June 10

Summer school begins June 10

CONYERS, Ga. -- The school year ends this Thursday in Rockdale County, but the district is already gearing up for its summer programs.

Summertime offerings include credit recovery, Georgia High School Graduation Test preparation and re-take, and End of Course Tests preparation and re-take.

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Sessions include June 10-28 and July 16-17. All programs are held at Rockdale County High School.

Learn more and pre-register at rockdale.k12.ga.us.