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96% of Henry students pass Ga. High School Writing Test

96% of Henry students pass Ga. High School Writing Test

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- Ninety-six percent of high school juniors and seniors in Henry County passed the Georgia High School Writing Test in 2012.

Henry's 96 percent is much higher than Georgia's 93 percent, up from 91 percent in 2011 and 88 percent in 2007, when the more rigorous test was rolled out.

Students must pass the annual writing assessment to receive a high school diploma. A perfect score is 350; a student must earn at least 200 points to pass. They may take the test multiple times during their junior and senior years.

A breakdown for each Henry County high school is as follows:

Dutchtown HS
324 students took the test
96.6 percent passed the test

Eagle's Landing HS
267 students took the test
97.4 percent passed the test

Henry County HS
203 students took the test
93.6 percent passed the test

Students receive free eye exams

Students receive free eye exams

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nearly 70 students in Clayton County received free eye care and new glasses last week.

OneSight, a nonprofit that provides free glasses to disadvantaged children, sent its Vision Van and a team of volunteer doctors and lens technicians to the county.

The Vision Van is equipped with two exam areas, a frame-fitting section and a glasses manufacturing area.

"This allows our local volunteers and staff from our business in McDonough to come to these kids and others in the Atlanta area so that we can provide eye care to people who can't afford it," OneSight project manager Dawn Yager said of the van.

OneSight is a charitable initiative of Luxottica, the world's largest eyewear company.

2 Henry students win school bus safety poster contest

2 Henry students win school bus safety poster contest

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- Two students in Henry County have placed in a poster contest held in honor of National School Bus Safety Week.

Noelle Phillip is in 4th grade at Bethlehem Elementary School in Locust Grove, while Josias Evans is an 8th grader at Stockbridge Middle School.

Both children's posters won their respective local contests in October. Evans' poster went on to place first in his division at the state level; he received a $100 prize from the Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation.

Phillip, meanwhile, placed second in her state-level division. She won a $75 prize.

STAR 94, credit union donate supplies to school system

STAR 94, credit union donate supplies to school system

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Two local businesses recently made a generous donation to Henry County Schools.

STAR 94 and Georgia United Credit Union gave school supplies to the district. The donation included items that students use in the classroom every day -- things that are sometimes taken for granted, but can add extra expenses to a family's budget.

"Thanks to the kind donations of STAR 94, STAR 94 viewers and Georgia United Credit Union, Henry County Schools will be able to provide school supplies to families experiencing need within our county," April Brown, director of administrative services for the school system, said in a statement.

"Every donation helps, and the generosity displayed by this collaboration is greatly appreciated," Brown added.

STAR 94 sponsored a school supply drive at Georgia United Credit Union's 16 branches in August and September. Several other school districts and children's homeless shelters will benefit from the supply collection.

'Blue Out' spreads kindness

'Blue Out' spreads kindness

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- The employees at the central office for Henry County Schools are doing their part to promote kindness in the community.

Last week was Kindness Week, and the employees recognized it with a Blue Out, where they wore blue -- the week's color -- and struck a pose on Friday, Nov. 16.

Georgia Kindness Week is the second week in November. It was created in honor of Henry County resident Hunter Welch, who passed away in 2004. Welch was very dedicated to his community. After his death, his family decided to keep his legacy alive by forming a local kindness campaign.

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Rep. Andy Welch (R-McDonough), Hunter's brother, made Kindness Week official by introducing a resolution during the 2012 legislative session.

Ola HS senior honored by Work-Based Learning program

Ola HS senior honored by Work-Based Learning program

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Amanda Berstler is October's Student of the Month for Henry County's Work-Based Learning initiative.

Berstler, a senior at Ola High School in McDonough, works part-time as a teller at Delta Community Credit Union. She believes her work at the bank makes her more marketable for future job opportunities.

"The Work-Based Learning program is fantastic because it has taught me responsibility and time management skills that will help me throughout future endeavors," she said. "It is a blessing to experience everything that I get to learn at Delta Community Credit Union."

The Work-Based Learning program provides students at Henry County's nine high schools with valuable work experience and career guidance. Christina Hinz, Ola High's Work-Based Learning instructor, calls Berstler a model student for the program.

Clayton State basketball court named for former athletic director

Clayton State basketball court named for former athletic director

MORROW, Ga. -- The basketball court at Clayton State University has been renamed Mason Barfield Court in honor of the school's former athletic director.

The name will officially take effect at the start of the 2012-13 basketball season, which begins Nov. 13. Mason Barfield founded Clayton State's basketball program 23 years ago. He retired as athletic director last fall.

"Mason took a vision and turned it into a reality. Very few people get the opportunity to embark on taking a program from its inception and bringing it to the level Mason has. It is truly a remarkable accomplishment," Clayton State athletic director Carl McAloose said in a statement.

An official naming ceremony for the gym will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 between the women's and men's games.