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2 Ga. colleges among nation's healthiest

2 Ga. colleges among nation's healthiest

(WXIA) -- Many college students seem to exist solely on beer and ramen noodles, but 10 schools have kicked it up a notch by offering world-class dining experiences.

The Daily Meal has listed the top 10 four-year colleges that go above and beyond the traditional meal plan.

The list includes two schools in metro Atlanta. Emory University comes in at No. 4, while Kennesaw State University is No. 8.

The schools were judged on the amount of healthy food they offer and whether that food is produced or grown locally. The No. 1 school, Bowdoin College in Maine, serves vegetables grown in its own organic garden.

Paul Simon to lecture at Emory

Paul Simon to lecture at Emory

ATLANTA -- Legendary songwriter Paul Simon will give the 2013 Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature at Emory University in September.

The lecture series includes two public talks, a music performance and a conversation between Simon and former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins.

It will be held Sept. 22-24. Tickets go on sale on Monday. Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. They are free, but are limited to two per person, per event.

Learn more, including a schedule of Simon's talks and how to get tickets, at emory.edu.

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has identified the state's 2012 Schools of Excellence.

The annual honor is presented in two categories: Highest Performance and Highest Progress. Fourteen schools made the cut in each area.

"These schools are the epitome of excellence," Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I offer my congratulations to our 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence."

Barge added that he plans to visit all 28 schools at some point during the school year.

Metro Atlanta's Schools of Excellence include:

Atlanta Public Schools
* KIPP STRIVE Academy, Southwest Atlanta (Progress)

Bremen City
*Jones ES (Performance)

Clayton County
* Elite Scholars Academy, Morrow (Performance)

Cobb County
* Garrison Mill ES, Marietta (Progress)
* Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy (Progress)

Monday is the first day of school

Monday is the first day of school

ATLANTA -- Summer is officially over in almost all of metro Atlanta.

A number of districts begin their school years Monday, including Clayton, DeKalb, Fayette, Fulton, Hall and Griffin-Spalding counties, as well as the city of Gainesville.

Be part of 11Alive's school celebration! Submit your pictures of the first day of the 2013-14 school year to our back to school photo gallery.

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.

Oxford College to hold ribbon cutting

Oxford College to hold ribbon cutting

OXFORD, Ga. -- Oxford College is preparing to hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new building on campus.

The Oxford Library and Academic Commons will officially open on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 3:30 p.m.

Everyone in in the Oxford College community is invited to come out for the event.

Learn more at oxford.library.emory.edu.

First days of school in metro Atlanta

First days of school in metro Atlanta

DEKALB COUNTY, 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 DeKalb County, the first day of school is Monday, Aug. 12.

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
Henry County

Tuesday, Aug. 6
Coweta County