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The Avenue Peachtree City raises $10,000 for students

The Avenue Peachtree City raises $10,000 for students

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The Avenue Peachtree City is doing its part to help students in the community.

The shopping center and one of its stores, White House | Black Market, have raised both money and school supplies for CARE (Children at Risk in Education).

CARE is a program that provides scholarships and school supplies to Fayette County students in need. It is part of the Fayette County Public School System.

White House | Black Market solicited $5 donations from customers for school supplies. In exchange, shoppers received a discount on their purchases.

"Our customers are so wonderful and supportive. Many of them gave more than $5 just because they wanted to help us purchase as many school supplies for the students as possible," store manager Jacky Vaughan said in a statement.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

ATLANTA -- Georgia students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The awards program began searching for its next batch of honorees this week. Recipients of the award are young people who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

"We have been recognizing youth volunteers since 1995 and still, every year, we're amazed by the stories of exemplary community service," Prudential chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said in a statement. "We look forward to honoring the top youth volunteers of 2013 for their selflessness, their initiative and their dedication to changing communities for the better."

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Student Advisory Council is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

The Student Advisory Council reports to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

The council will meet twice during the school year -- Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Mar. 6. Applicants must be available to meet on both days.

All Georgia students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," Barge said in a statement. "We want to make education work for all Georgia's students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens."

7 Fayette students named to Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony

7 Fayette students named to Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Seven talented young musicians from three Fayette County high schools have been named to the 2012-13 Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony.

The students were among 85 selected from more than 300 applicants. The Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony has given metro Atlanta's brightest talents an opportunity to shine since 1988.

Fayette County's symphony members are:

Fayette County HS
* Brian LaBrec, bass clarinet
* Kayla Poor, horn

McIntosh HS
* Luke Anders, trombone
* Colin Benton, tuba
* Jesse Hu, clarinet

Starr's Mill HS
* Addison Mason, alto saxophone
* Haley Strauss, bassoon

Middle, high school hours different this school year

Middle, high school hours different this school year

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Hours for some Fayette County schools will be different during the 2012-13 school year.

Elementary school hours will remain the same as 2011-12: 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Middle school hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., while high school hours will be 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Tyrone's Sandy Creek High School will be open 8:14 a.m. to 3:17 p.m.

Hours at Fayette County's alternative school, the LaFayette Educational Center, will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The county's open campus high school will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The school will be open for labs only from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 13 in Fayette County.

When does the school year begin?

When does the school year begin?

ATLANTA -- Summer break is coming to a close for many Atlanta-area students.

In fact, three Atlanta elementary schools -- Boyd, Centennial and Hutchinson -- are already back in session; the year-round schools began the 2012-13 calendar on July 10.

The remainder of metro Atlanta's school districts will open their doors a little later.

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The first day of school for Fayette County is Monday, Aug. 13.

Other start dates include:

Monday, July 30
Rockdale County

End-of-Course Test results released

End-of-Course Test results released

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education released system-level results for End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) Tuesday morning.

Parents and students can now visit the Georgia Department of Education's website to see how students in their school system performed. Results for individual schools will be released by July 31.

EOCT tests are more important than ever because they have replaced the graduation tests that kept many students from getting a diploma.

The tests now count for 20% of a student's final grade, up from 15%.

By 2015, students will have to pass all eight tests, spread over their course of their high school careers, to graduate.