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Fayette County Boasts the Most High School Graduates, in Metro

If you want to ensure your child graduates from high school, you may want to think about moving to Fayette County. According to figures from the Georgia Department of Education, Fayette County has the highest graduation rate in the metro Atlanta area.

The county has increased its graduation rate by six points over the last seven years. Fayette’s graduation rate for 2009-2010 is 94 percent, holding steady from the previous year. At 94 percent, the school system is soaring above other metro Atlanta systems by a point range of 4.3 to 27.7 percent.      

The other school systems include Atlanta, Cherokee County, Clayton County, Cobb County, DeKalb County, Forsyth County, Fulton County, and Gwinnett County.

Starr's Mill Student becomes Instant Sensation among peers

Starr’s Mill junior Ikenna Kamalu, was a star for a day at the Fayette County Special Olympics Basketball Tournament

After a recent awe-inspiring performance of the National Anthem during the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Basketball Tournament held at Starr’s Mill High on October 21 and 22, Kamalu, who goes by Ike said, “I liked singing the National Anthem.

Curriculum Night at Hood Avenue Primary School

Parents of students at Hood Avenue Primary School were invited to a special Curriculum Night on October 23rd. Over 200 families were in attendance as critical information about school policies, goals, and progress was shared.

Administration and staff discussed the importance of student attendance and parental involvement.Parents were introduced to the school’s Family Literacy Center.

The Family Literacy Center provides parents with learning materials to assist them with educating their children at home, resource materials to help tackle discipline, support for learning disabilities, and resources for personal and economic development. Parents also received information on the school curriculum and the Georgia Performance Standards.

Lights on Afterschool in Fayette County

In an effort to raise awareness, the Afterschool Alliance are asking drivers to burn their car’s headlights on October 21 to support “Lights on Afterschool” and the nearly 1,400 elementary-aged students and their families who rely on the Fayette County Public School System’s After School Program (ASP) for a safe alternative to staying at home alone.

Make Everyday Jean Day, donate

Fayette County Public School System employees can wear jeans to work everyday, at a cost, that is. A total of $3,000 was collected for Fayette FACTOR (Fayette Alliance Coordinating Teamwork, Outreach and Resources) during jeans days at schools across the county.

In exchange for wearing jeans to work on a non-casual day, employees gave a donation to benefit Fayette FACTOR. The organization’s mission is to bring all areas of the community together to build a safe and healthy county. The school system’s donation will be used to help support the non-profit’s initiatives including Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Prevent Child Abuse Fayette, Fayette Meth Task Force and ENCORE, a senior adult leadership program.

Donations made to Fayette FACTOR are tax deductible. Anyone wishing to help the organization can make donations payable to Fayette FACTOR, P.O. Box 142518, Fayetteville, GA 30214.

Fayette County First-Graders Get Dictionaries for Dictionary Day

Following along with their tradition, the Rotary Club of Peachtree City gifted all 1,426 third graders in the Fayette County Public School System with their own copy of Webster’s Dictionary.

This donation is part of the Rotary Club’s Dictionary Project aimed at helping students become better readers, writers and learners. The organization has handed out dictionaries to the county’s third graders for a number of years.

Movie Night at the Avenue to benefit CARE

On Friday, October 15, families can watch the movie, “How to Train Your Dragon.” Children’s entertainment and giveaways begin at 6 p.m. followed by the movie at dusk. Popcorn will be sold for $1 with all proceeds benefitting CARE.

CARE (Children at Risk in Education), a program of the Fayette County Public School System, is, now, able to offer After School Program (ASP) scholarships to families of elementary-aged students enrolled in the system’s schools thanks to The Avenue Peachtree City and its patrons.

The scholarships pay for a portion of the ASP tuition for a limited number of weeks. Parents have to pay the other portion of the tuition in order to receive the scholarship.

The Avenue Peachtree City raised over $400 this summer through Movies in the Park and Music in the Park.