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Hapeville students take on fire extinguisher training

Hapeville students take on fire extinguisher training

HAPEVILLE, Ga. -- Hapeville Middle schoolers will receive training from the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Airport Division on the proper use of a fire extinguisher.

Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran said fire officials will host the training at the Airport Fire Division Headquarters at 9:00 a.m. on March 18 - 21. 

According to Cochran, fire extinguishers can save lives and property, but many students have yet to learn how to correctly use the tool. The training will cover how to make good decisions when a fire happens, and how to combat the flames using the extinguisher. 

Ga. Senate OKs scholarship tax credit changes

Ga. Senate OKs scholarship tax credit changes

ATLANTA --The Georgia Senate has approved changes to a tax credit program that provides scholarships for children to attend private schools.

State senators voted unanimously Thursday to support the changes, which include a reporting requirement on the average household income of recipients and requires eligible students to have attended public school for at least six weeks with a few exceptions.

Under the system, people can receive state tax credits by giving nonprofit scholarship providers donations of up to $1,000 for individuals and up to $2,500 for married couples.

The Southern Education Foundation had raised concerns that donors may have been allowed to earmark donations, although supporters had argued that was prohibited under the law. The Senate bill would add language specifically prohibiting that.

Pre-K, kindergarten registration continue for Rockdale Co. kids

Pre-K, kindergarten registration continue for Rockdale Co. kids

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. -- Parents in Rockdale County may register their children for Pre-K and kindergarten classes in April. 

According to Rockdale County schools, Pre-K registration is open from April 8 - April 19, and kindergarten registration is now open through April 30. 

All pre-K students must be four years old on or before September 1, 2013. Kindergarteners must be five years old by that date. 

Registration is being held at the Student Registration Office of 1143 West Avenue in Conyers. 

Parents should being with them the child's birth certificate, social security card, immunization proof, eye/ear/dental certificate, two proofs of residence, photo identification and proof of custody or guardianship. 

For more information, contact the registration center at (770) 761-1457.

Teacher makes math unforgettable

Teacher makes math unforgettable

ATLANTA -- The true test of a teacher's legacy are the students who credit the educator with changing their lives.

That's the way former students feel about Naimah Oladuwa Frame, a sixth grade math teacher at The Children's School.

Recently, several of her former students, who now attend The Paideia School, returned to Frame's classroom to tell her how much she continues to impact their lives in such a positive way.

"She challenged me to make sure I was always doing my best," said Mira Kaufmann, an 8th grader.

"She always remembered what it was like to be a student so she could connect with all of us," said 8th grade student, Katy Jordan.

"She created another group for some of us so we could excel more and she challenged us even more," said former student, Nathan Karnik.

Frame believes it's important to connect math with tangible items her students can understand, such as comparing algebra with apples and oranges.

Grady HS among 2012 AP Merit Schools

Grady HS among 2012 AP Merit Schools

ATLANTA -- Grady High School in Midtown is among the 2012 AP Merit Schools.

The honor is given annually to U.S. high schools where at least 20 percent of students take Advanced Placement exams. Of those tests, at least half must earn a passing score of 3 or higher.

The College Board, which gives AP exams every year, reported Wednesday that Georgia is the 12th state in the nation for the percentage of seniors earning passing scores on AP tests. More than 41 percent of Georgia's seniors took at least one AP exam in 2012, compared to the U.S. average of 32.4 percent.

"Georgia's students continue to outperform most of their peers throughout the country on Advanced Placement exams," State Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "These results show that Georgia's students can compete against any students in the nation."

Ron Clark Academy makes Atlanta its classroom

Ron Clark Academy makes Atlanta its classroom

ATLANTA -- When students at Ron Clark Academy arrived at school one recent morning, they learned all of their classes would take place at different places throughout the city of Atlanta.

They boarded buses headed to surprise locations for a host of unique learning experiences for the students in fifth through eighth grades.

"Education should be about passion and about real-world experiences," said Ron Clark, co-founder of Ron Clark Academy.

"Anything can be a learning experience if you look at it in terms of how I can learn from it," said Ron Clark Academy co-founder Kim Bearden.

The students spent about an hour at each of several locations.

Clark worked with students on the floor of Philips Arena and assigned them various math problems, such as determining the number of seats for basketball games.

Spanish teacher Joyce Estrada Bailey took the students to Rhythma Studios in East Point to learn how to dance the Salsa.

Phylicia Rashad honored by SCAD

Phylicia Rashad honored by SCAD

ATLANTA -- The Savannah College of Art and Design is honoring veteran performer Phylicia Rashad at its inaugural television festival in Atlanta.

The school is hosting a three-day program titled "aTVfest" at the SCAD Atlanta campus in Midtown and at other locations throughout the neighborhood Feb. 14 through 16.

Rashad is being honored with the Outstanding Achievement in Television Award and will be presented with it Feb. 16.

Rashad is perhaps most widely known for her role as Claire Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" and has received numerous honors for her career in television, film and on Broadway, which has included roles in "A Raisin in the Sun," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "For Colored Girls," among other productions.