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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.

Henry County's EOCT results improve

Henry County's EOCT results improve

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- Students in Henry County are performing better on the End of Course Tests (EOCT), according to results released last week.

The results indicate that students maintained or improved achievement levels on six of the eight test subjects at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

Only one area -- biology -- showed a decline in performance. Students also struggled on the new test in coordinate algebra, which replaced Math I.

"While we are pleased with the progress shown in some areas of student achievement, there is still much to be done to get our students achieving at the high levels we expect," Aaryn Schmuhl, Henry County's assistant superintendent for learning and leadership services, said in a statement. "We are working with teachers and administrators to ensure they have what they need in order to help students succeed in all areas."

Stockbridge holding back to school event

Stockbridge holding back to school event

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Henry County School Board Vice-Chair Erik Charles will host a back to school event in Stockbridge this week.

The free event will be held Friday, July 26 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Stockbridge Elementary School.

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Children who attend the event will receive free school supplies, health screenings and other services to prepare for the 2013-14 school year.

Stockbridge Elementary School is located at 4617 North Henry Boulevard. Learn more at henry.k12.ga.us.

First days of school in metro Atlanta

First days of school in metro Atlanta

STOCKBRIDGE, 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 Henry 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
Rockdale County

Tuesday, Aug. 6
Coweta County

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

Reading: 95.22
Math: 81.18
Science: 81.75
Social Studies: 88.75

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

Ga. Connections Academy holding more information sessions

Ga. Connections Academy holding more information sessions

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy, the state's virtual public school for students in grades K-12, will hold several information sessions throughout metro Atlanta in the coming weeks.

Parents are invited to attend any of the free sessions to learn more about the program's offerings.

"Georgia Connections Academy, a tuition-free public school, delivers superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience our online learning community from anywhere in the state," Georgia Connections Academy principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "The combination of certified Georgia teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education."

50 Ga. students earn Horatio Alger Scholarship

50 Ga. students earn Horatio Alger Scholarship

ATLANTA -- Fifty recent high school graduates have received this year's Horatio Alger Georgia Scholarship.

The $5,000 award is given annually to students who overcome personal obstacles to demonstrate academic strength, dedication to community service and outstanding personal character.

"It is a privilege to play a part in these young people's college education," Horatio Alger Association president and CEO Tony Novelly said in a statement. "They have already shown perseverence and courage in the face of adversity, and with opportunities made available through higher education and our free-enterprise system, there is no limit to the things they may achieve."

The Horatio Alger Association have provided nearly $2 million in scholarships to Georgia high school seniors since 1987.

This year's scholarship recipients from Georgia include:

* Megan L. Bauer
Ridgeland HS, Rossville

* Keith A. Berry
Hebron Christian Academy, Dacula