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119 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up at Lunch' to battle bullying

119 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up at Lunch' to battle bullying

(WXIA) -- More than 100 schools across Georgia will participate in this year's National Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

The annual event is sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center and was created in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month. Roughly 6,000 schools nationwide are expected to participate.

"Mix It Up is a positive step that schools can take to help create learning environments where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group," said Maureen Costello, director of the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance project. "When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common."

On National Mix It Up at Lunch Day, students are asked to sit with new friends in the cafeteria. Its goal is to foster understanding and respect among young people.

Participating schools in metro Atlanta include:

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

ATLANTA -- There was little change in SAT scores between Georgia's Class of 2013 and Class of 2012, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

About 75 percent of Georgia's high school seniors took the SAT in 2013, compared to 43 percent nationally. Georgia students earned a collective score of 1452 out of 2400 -- the same score as last year. The national average is 1498.

Overall, Georgia's senior increased two points in critical reading and decreased two points in math. The overall writing score stayed the same from 2012 to 2013. About 36 percent of Georgia's test takers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.

2 Ga. colleges among nation's healthiest

2 Ga. colleges among nation's healthiest

(WXIA) -- Many college students seem to exist solely on beer and ramen noodles, but 10 schools have kicked it up a notch by offering world-class dining experiences.

The Daily Meal has listed the top 10 four-year colleges that go above and beyond the traditional meal plan.

The list includes two schools in metro Atlanta. Emory University comes in at No. 4, while Kennesaw State University is No. 8.

The schools were judged on the amount of healthy food they offer and whether that food is produced or grown locally. The No. 1 school, Bowdoin College in Maine, serves vegetables grown in its own organic garden.

Superintendent names Student Advisory Council members

Superintendent names Student Advisory Council members

ATLANTA -- State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge has selected 50 students from across Georgia to serve on his 2013-14 Student Advisory Council.

More than 700 teens applied to join this year's council, which was formed to give young people a voice in how their classrooms are organized.

"Having student input during the policy-making process is invaluable," Barge said in a statement. "The students are ultimately the ones impacted by our work, and I want them to share their ideas and concerns as we address many critical issues."

The council will meet three times this school year to discuss how state policies have an impact in their classrooms. They will also serve as the superintendent's ambassadors to their respective schools.

A number of the Student Advisory Council members are from metro Atlanta, including:

PROBE College Fair coming to Bartow County

PROBE College Fair coming to Bartow County

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- The PROBE College Fair will stop in Bartow County this week.

The fair, which features representatives from nearly 200 colleges and universities across the country, will be at the C. Brown Conference Center on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Learn more about the PROBE College Fair.

The conference center is located at 5450 State Route 20 in Cartersville.

Raising Up Champions of Choices

Raising Up Champions of Choices
Cartersville, GA (Sept. 6, 2013) – In today’s world students not only face academic challenges, but they also have to learn to handle issues such as peer pressure, drugs and alcohol, and bullying.  These situations can seem overwhelming for students to process.  
 
Principals at Woodland High School and South Central Middle School invited nationally known speaker Marc Mero, Champion of Choices: Empowering Students to Make Positive Choices, to speak to their students.
 
“WHS chose to have the Marc Mero assembly as part of our AntiBullying and Goal-Setting advisement lessons. Marc’s message covered many relevant topics for youth such as goal setting, bullying, suicide prevention, and positive choices. As educators, we may say the same message, but hearing it from an outsider often makes more of an impact,” commented Principal Dr.

Cass HS valedictorian wins McDonald's scholarship

Cass HS valedictorian wins McDonald's scholarship

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- A recent Cass High School graduate has won a $2,500 scholarship from McDonald's.

Veronica Cuevas was nominated for the McDonald's National Employee Scholarship Award by Paula Matla, manager of the Cartersville McDonald's where she works.

"Veronica exemplifies the qualities of a true leader," Matla said in a statement. "She has done an outstanding job both in the restaurant and in school, using lessons from both to reach her goals."

Cuevas was valedictorian of Cass High's Class of 2013 and will begin her freshman year at Stanford University this fall. She has worked for McDonald's since 2010.

"McDonald's continues to provide me with opportunities to learn and grow," Cuevas said. "This restaurant offers flexible hours, which allow me to work my schedule around my academic and other responsibilities. The experience will serve me in my college classes and beyond."