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7 DeKalb schools named AP Access and Support Schools

7 DeKalb schools named AP Access and Support Schools

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Seven public high schools in DeKalb County were named 2014 AP Access and Support Schools by State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge.

An AP Access and Support School is a school where at least 30 percent of Advanced Placement exams are taken by students who identify as African-American and/or Hispanic. At least 30 percent of the exams taken at an AP Access and Support School earn passing scores of 3 or higher.

DeKalb County's schools on the list include:

* Chamblee Charter HS
* Cross Keys HS
* DeKalb Early College Academy
* DeKalb School of the Arts
* Druid Hills HS
* Southwest DeKalb HS
* Stone Mountain HS

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Run this weekend: Emory Best Buddies

Run this weekend: Emory Best Buddies

ATLANTA -- Emory University will host a 5K this weekend to raise money for Best Buddies, a non-profit that serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The race will be Saturday, Feb. 22. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m., and the actual run will begin at 11 a.m. The course starts on Asbury Circle and winds through Lullwater Park on Emory's Druid Hills campus.

Visit emory.edu for more information and to register.

Seamless Summer program feeds children when school is out

Seamless Summer program feeds children when school is out

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education will once again offer its Seamless Summer nutrition program when school lets out for the year.

Seamless Summer provides free meals to children under the age of 18. No registration or income verification is required to receive the food.

According to the GDOE, more than 77 percent of the 500,000 breakfasts and 1.1 million lunches it serves during the school year are provided for free or at a reduced price. Georgia ranks in the top five nationwide for states with children who participate in the School Breakfast Program and/or National School Lunch Program.

In the past, more than 2,200 locations across Georgia have served meals through the Seamless Summer program.

Learn more at fns.usda.gov.

7th Amendment essay competition to award 2 scholarships

7th Amendment essay competition to award 2 scholarships

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association is holding a scholarship essay competition for high school seniors.

The contest focuses on the 7th Amendment, which is an American's right to a trial by jury.

To enter, a college-bound senior must write an essay in response to this question:

Since the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791, the 7th Amendment Right to Trial by Jury has been the cornerstone of the Civil Justice System. And yet, in the two-plus centuries since, the Right to Trial by Jury has been under near-constant assault. In your opinion, what role does the 7th Amendment play in the 21st Century, and why do you believe that it is important to safeguard this right?

All essays must be submitted to the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association no later than Monday, Apr. 7. One grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship. The runner-up will get $500.

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

(WXIA) -- It's back! The wildly popular Doodle 4 Google contest, which gives children the opportunity to create a Google Doodle, is now accepting entries.

Students in grades K-12 can enter the competition by drawing the Google logo with the theme, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place ..."

"So many of the world's greatest inventions started out as simple doodles -- just think of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of flying machines long before airplanes were made. We hope students will think big and surprise us with their creative ideas, just like they've done in years past!" Google said in a release.

Google will choose one finalist from each state. Last year's Georgia winner was Christine Jeong, a 5th grader at Wilson Creek Elementary School in Johns Creek. Meet Christine and see her winning doodle.

Emory's board of trustees elects 2 new members

Emory's board of trustees elects 2 new members

ATLANTA -- Emory University's board of trustees has elected two new members.

The university says Shantella Carr Cooper was elected as an alumni trustee, and Timothy C. Rollins was elected to serve as a term trustee. Both are expected to serve six-year terms.

Cooper is an executive at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and general manager of the company's Marietta facility. She has received numerous honors and serves on the boards of a variety of civic organizations. She has an MBA from Emory's Goizueta Business School.

Rollins is a vice president of the Rollins Investment Company in Atlanta. He has been a member of Emory's board of visitors, and his family has longstanding ties to the school.

The 41-member board of trustees oversees the governance and long-range fiduciary health of the university.