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Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

Creekview High senior places in statewide architecture competition

Creekview High senior places in statewide architecture competition

CANTON, Ga. -- A senior at Creekview High School in Canton took second place in a statewide design contest sponsored by the American Institute of Architects.

Sam O'Donnell won a $1,000 prize, as well as recognition from a series of well-respected architects and professors of architecture.

The contest challenged high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to design "relief shelters" that could be lived in without power or running water for months after a natural disaster.

The shelters needed to be designed so they could be used repeatedly in humid climates.

New principals named to four North Fulton schools

New principals named to four North Fulton schools

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County School System has announced that new principals have been selected for four schools.

The appointments were approved at the Friday, Apr. 22 school board meeting.

"I am pleased to see three of our outstanding assistant principals rise to the rank of principal.

Carmen Agra Deedy to visit Clayton Elementary

Carmen Agra Deedy to visit Clayton Elementary

CANTON, Ga. -- The students at Clayton Elementary School in Canton were thrilled to learn that children's author Carmen Agra Deedy will visit their school on Monday, May 16.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Deedy came to the United States as a refugee in 1964 and grew up in Decatur, where she still lives.

She has been writing for children for over two decades. Her most popular book, "The Library Dragon," received various state book award and has sold nearly half a million copies.

In 2003, "The Library Dragon" was chosen to represent Georgia at the Library of Congress National Book Festival.

Deedy's most recent book, "14 Cows for America," is based on an astonishing gift that a Maasai village in Kenya gave to the United States shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The book was released in Sept.

CTC Canton campus to hold open house

CTC Canton campus to hold open house

CANTON, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Technical College is getting ready to unveil its newest Metro Atlanta location.

The Canton campus (1645 Bluffs Parkway, 30114) will make its official debut on Thursday, Apr. 28.

The public is invited to come out from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for food, tours and giveaways as CTC celebrates its recent unparalleled growth.

For more information, call 770-528-4545.

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents has announced a hike in both tuition and fees for Georgia's state colleges and universities during a meeting Tuesday.

"It's highly likely that tuition will have to increase to meet the needs of the students and to meet the student growth we have experienced," said Regents executive John Millsaps before the meeting.

The tuition hike comes close on the heels of a major overhual of the popular HOPE scholarship program which means students will be left to pay the rising costs of college in the state.

State representative Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, who played a major role in revamping the HOPE scholarship, says tough choices had to be made to keep the program afloat financially.

"Students are still getting one of the best values in the country," State Rep. Collins said. "We feel like we've done what we needed to do to keep a program solvent for future generations.

Creekview High seniors nominated for Dooley Award

Creekview High seniors nominated for Dooley Award

CANTON, Ga. -- Two outstanding seniors at Creekview High School in Canton have been nominated for the Vincent J. Dooley Award scholarship.

Presented by Athletes for a Better World, the Dooley Award is given annually to one female and one male student athlete who exhibit scholarship, character and teamwork.

Haley Huskins and Grant Eddy, the nominees from Creekview, were recognized at a reception before the Sunday, Apr. 10 Atlanta Braves game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Huskins is a member of Creekview's region champion varsity softball and track teams. She is also student government president and yearbook editor, and maintains a 4.28 GPA.

Eddy is a four-year wrestling letterman who currently holds every Creekview career and season wrestling record, including 184 career victories.