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Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

(WXIA) -- More than 80,000 Georgia children are enrolled in the state's Pre-K Program for the 2014-15 school year.

Pre-K is open to all 4 year olds, regardless of household income. Assistant commissioner Susan Adams said that it is the first school experience for many children.

"For this reason, we take our roles very seriously, and we work really hard to provide Georgia's children with positive and meaningful experiences," Adams said in a release.

In Pre-K, students study language, literacy and math while making new friends and building foundations for lifelong learning. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends parents visit their children's classrooms in advance to familiarize them with their new surroundings, and dress them in comfortable clothes and shoes every day. If students have a tendency to feel lonely, parents can send them to school with family photos to cheer them up, and blankets or stuffed animals to snuggle at naptime.

Gwinnett names 3 new principals

Gwinnett names 3 new principals

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The Gwinnett County Board of Education has appointed new principals at three schools.

Ivy Creek Elementary School
Laura Callahan

Callahan comes to Ivy Creek from Freeman's Mill Elementary, where she was an assistant principal. She holds a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Brenau University, and a master's degree in administration and policy from the University of Georgia.

She began her teaching career in 1991 as a paraprofessional at Shiloh Elementary. She has also served as a 4th grade teacher and assistant principal at Dacula Elementary.

Callahan replaces Ivy Creek principal Yvonne Frey, who retired.

Lanier Middle School
Todd Hamilton

Hamilton will replace Jaime Espinosa, who got a job in the Office of Student Discipline and Behavioral Interventions. He last served as assistant principal at Meadowcreek High.

Ga. libraries launch college savings sweepstakes

Ga. libraries launch college savings sweepstakes

(WXIA) -- Public libraries across Georgia will participate in this year's Summer Reading Program and college savings sweepstakes.

The initiative, which is hosted by Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan, will award one grand prize and four regional scholarships to five lucky participants. The winners will be chosen at random from five groups.

The grand prize is a college scholarship worth $5,529 and a $1,529 grant for the winner's library. The runners-up will each get $1,529 to put toward a Path2College 529 Plan and $529 for their libraries.

Georgia parents, grandparents and legal guardians can sign up their children at path2college529.com. Entry closes on Aug. 10.

The program provides students with activities throughout the summer and encourages them to read by giving them prizes for finishing books, ebooks, audiobooks and magazines.

Participating library groups include:

Ga. Connections Academy graduates Class of 2014

Ga. Connections Academy graduates Class of 2014

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy recently held a graduation ceremony for its Class of 2014.

Many classmates met for the very first time during the event at the Gwinnett Center.

"We are very proud of our graduates," GCA lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. Altogether, the Class of 2014 secured $1.33 million in college scholarship offers.

Emily McClure of Columbus is GCA's valedictorian. She will attend Georgia College and State University on the Zell Miller Scholarship in the fall.

Learn more about Georgia Connections Academy, the state's free virtual charter school for students in grades K-12, at georgiaconnectionsacademy.com.

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30 Ga. students appointed to military academies

30 Ga. students appointed to military academies

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Thirty Georgia high school students nominated by Congress members representing Georgia have been appointed to U.S. military academies.

Each year, members of Congress nominate students to attend the nation's military academies. Nominees who are accepted into the academies are awarded full four-year scholarships that include tuition, books, board, medical and dental care.

The nominees are:

U.S. Air Force Academy
* Casey Blaney, Augusta
* Micah Hayden, Roswell
* Joseph Humphries, Peachtree City
* Zachary Jones, Richmond Hill
* Nathan Katich, Buford
* Harrison Summerour, Dawsonville
* Christana Wagner, Alpharetta

Ga. Cyber Academy graduates first class

Ga. Cyber Academy graduates first class

(WXIA) -- The Class of 2014 is the very first class to graduate from Georgia Cyber Academy, the state's free online public school.

The school will hold a graduation ceremony at noon on Saturday, May 31 at the Gwinnett Center. More than 300 graduating seniors are scheduled to walk across the stage.

"We're so proud of each of our graduates, all of whom have taken the individualized learning that comes with GCA's online curriculum and worked with GCA's world-class teachers to adapt it to best serve and support their own academic successes," GCA head of school Matt Arkin said in a release.

Members of GCA's Class of 2014 were accepted to some of the country's top colleges and universities, including Cornell University, Georgia Tech, the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia.

16 Gwinnett grads earn Foundation Fund scholarships

16 Gwinnett grads earn Foundation Fund scholarships

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Every year, the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund awards scholarships to exemplary high school seniors.

Sixteen members of Gwinnett's Class of 2014 took home nine scholarships, including:

Alton C. Crews Teaching Scholarship
* Corey Crain Gray Jr., Central Gwinnett HS
* Jonathan Peraza, Meadowcreek HS
* Peter Mark Schlueter, Mountain View HS
This $1,500 scholarship is awarded to students pursuing careers in education. It is funded in memory of former superintendent Dr. Alton Crews, who headed up GCPS from 1977 to1989.

GCPS Foundation STEM Scholarship
* Mark P. Lougee, Peachtree Ridge HS
* Lindsey Thrift, Brookwood HS
This $1,000 scholarship is given to students who plan to study STEM subjects in college. To earn it, a graduate must excel in the classroom and perform community service.