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Students form human peace sign for 9/11 anniversary

Students form human peace sign for 9/11 anniversary

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- More than 1,000 students at Rising Starr Middle School in Fayetteville stood solemnly in unity Friday morning, forming a human peace sign in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.

The entire student body spilled outside in a sea of red, white and blue to pay tribute to those who lost their lives and to recognize the extraordinary courage, selflessness and compassion shown by so many on that day 10 years ago.

Many students said that their peace sign was more than an iconic symbol -- it was about the unity and strength of the United States, and the bond that formed among all Americans after the attacks.

"It is more than just a few kids lining up to make a peace sign.

BEST SPOTS: Metro Atlanta Fall Festivals

BEST SPOTS: Metro Atlanta Fall Festivals

ATLANTA – Fall is approaching and ‘tis the season for fall festivals. Metro Atlanta offers a festival for whatever tickles your fancy; whether it be food, music or fun you can find it during the autumn season in the city. For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of the best fall festival in Atlanta, this year.

Come to Atlanta for one of the largest gay celebrations in the United States. The Atlanta Pride Festival will celebrate their 41st year, this October. Atlanta Pride started in the summer of 1970, a year after the Stonewall Riots in New York City. According to their website, the main purpose of the APC is to “promote unity, visibility and self-esteem among lesbian, gay men, bisexuals and transgender persons”. The festival features events, like: the Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party, the Tran March, Pride parade and Pride Children’s event.

Budget survey posted to FCBOE website, stakeholder input needed

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. --  (submitted by Melinda Berry-Dreisbach) With the potential of a $10 million deficit for the 2012-2013 school year, the Fayette County Board of Education is exploring various revenue generating and cost saving measures to help balance next year’s budget.
 

The school system is asking all stakeholders to give input on several ideas by completing a brief survey. Please keep in mind that these are only suggestions and that no recommendation has been made to approve any of them. The purpose of the survey is to solicit stakeholder opinion on each. The data collected will be used to guide the board as it makes budget decisions.

The ideas presented in the survey do not represent all measures that the board might consider, but they are among the most extreme.

Hood Avenue Primary receives donations from SunTrust

Hood Avenue Primary receives donations from SunTrust

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Students and teachers at Hood Avenue Primary were given new school supplies to kick off the school year thanks to the efforts SunTrust Bank in Fayetteville.

The bank donated crayons, makers, pencils and other items that will be used by students at the school. Readily available school supplies let students and teachers focus on what is really important: learning.

BEST SPOTS: Labor Day Staycations

BEST SPOTS: Labor Day Staycations

ATLANTA -- Due to recent instability in the United States economy, many people are opting to stay in town for the Labor Day holiday. Vacations like these or “staycations” have become more popular since high oil prices have forced gas prices to top out at, sometimes, more than $4.00 per gallon.

According to an article by CNNMoney, the steady decline of gas prices could result in an increase in “last-minute” holiday travel. However, for those who want to stay in town and get their most “bang for their buck” there are plenty of choices near the Atlanta area to "take a load off" and relax.

Some Atlantans will choose to head out to the lake, Laek Lanier, for their Labor Day vacation.

Fayette’s Strings to perform rock concert at The Villages Amphitheatre

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. – (submitted by Melinda Berry-Dreisbach) -- An electrifying rock concert featuring 500 students from the Fayette County Public School System’s strings program, along with world famous electric violinist Mark Wood and up-and-coming violinist Bridgid Bibbens, will take to the stage September 24 at The Villages Amphitheatre in Fayetteville.
Students in grades 7-12 from middle and high schools throughout the county are involved. The concert is the culminating event of a program called “Electrify Your Strings” that was created by Mark Wood to show students what their instruments are capable of doing and how they can access and express their creativity through them. The county’s orchestra teachers are sponsoring the program.
 

“Mark’s program is designed to teach alternative styles of music and get the string students excited and motivated to play and learn.

WEEKEND EVENTS: NOPHEST, Ribs and Rolling BBQ and Arts Festivals

WEEKEND EVENTS: NOPHEST, Ribs and Rolling BBQ and Arts Festivals

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

SPACE ATLANTA will host the West End BeltLine Open Air Market on Friday from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. The Green Market in Southwest Atlanta is located in the historic West End area; it features local vendors, farmers and gardeners. The market will be held in the parking lot of SPACE Atlanta Restaurant. SPACE Atlanta is located at 1310 White Street in Atlanta.

The Ribs and Rolling BQQ Event will be held at the Kiwanis Fairground in Griffin on August 20 from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. The cook-off and car show will host between thirty to fifty professional cook teams. The Jonesmen, The Songsmen, By Grace, The Carters and other acts will be performing at the fairground. The Kiwanis Fairground is located at 1025 S.