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Oak Grove's top poetry reciters

Oak Grove's top poetry reciters

Congratulations to the Oak Grove Grade-Level Poetry Recitation Winners. These students won at their respective grade levels by memorizing lengthy poems and reciting for the school. Oak Grove’s winners will continue to the county-level to recite with the other school winners across Fayette County. In the front row, from left, are Tyndall Phillips (KDG), Ashley Sikes (1st grade), and Leo Maneein (2nd). In the back row are Haruka Nakatsuji (3rd grade), Abby McMichen (4th), and Carson Langham (5th). Photo/Special.
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Local band gives world premiere

Composer Robert W. Smith and band director Ricky D. Williams. Photo/Special.

On Veterans Day, the Bennett’s Mill Symphonic Band gave the world premiere of a piece of music composed especially for them. “Mekong,” written by the well-known composer Robert W. Smith, is dedicated to all veterans of the Vietnam War. “Mekong” was commissioned in memory of TSGT (Retired) Tommy R. Williams, a victim of Agent Orange Cancer, through a grant from the Woodruff Salutes the Arts in Education that was awarded to band director Ricky D. Williams.  Read More»

School level Teachers of the Year announced

The first step toward finding Fayette’s 2011 Teacher of the Year (TOTY) is complete.

Last month teachers at all 29 schools voted for the person they thought most deserved to be their school’s TOTY. These school-level nominees are now competing to become one of three finalists who will be selected as the county’s overall winner. Read More»

Crabapple Elementary School welcomes local author

Crabapple Elementary School welcomes local author

Crabapple Elementary School in Peachtree City welcomed award-winning children's author Carole Marsh as she talked about her newest "Real Kids, Real Places" mysteries. Students listened to "the stories behind the stories," as Marsh shared interesting facts about the well-known places used as the settings of the books. "My passion is turning children into avid readers. They become readers when you make stories come alive for them from the earliest age. My most enjoyable days are spent with a roomful of children who ask lots of questions and want to learn," Marsh states. Read More»

Is flu on the rise in some Fayette schools?

There have been a undetermined number of student illnesses recently in Fayette County public schools. While those illnesses may or may not be influenza, schools have sent letters to parents urging them to take the necessary precautions. Statewide, there have been few hospitalizations and no deaths related to the seasonal flu types A and B.

“We’re not tracking numbers, but we have had a lot of kids out and a number of our schools are saying it is the flu,” said school system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach. Read More»

Minter Elementary showcases first Thanksgiving

Minter Elementary showcases first Thanksgiving

Mrs. Hall’s second-grade class at Sara Harp Minter Elementary School presented “The Pilgrim Story,” a reenactment of the first Thanksgiving in 1620. Students showcased the reenactment through words, music and songs. Over 60 parents, grandparents and family members were in attendance. After the play, the class and their visitors enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast just as the Pilgrims and Indians of long ago. In the front row, from left, Andrew Francis, Weston Tuttle, Grant Owen, Jim Lauson Walls, Courtney Wagner and Emma Vessell. In the back row are Max Zellweger and Alexis Stewart. Photo/Special.

Sandy Creek Patriots run for state quarterfinals

Sandy Creek Patriots run for state quarterfinals

Sandy Creek defensive back Bruce Dukes puts a move on an Americus-Sumter defender as he ran back one of his two interceptions for a touchdown in the Patriots’ 48-0 win at The Battlefield Friday night. This Friday SCHS hosts Monroe in the state quarterfinals of the football playoffs. For more about the Patriots and Starr’s Mill’s quest for the state title, see story here. Photo/John Munford.

Thank you letters generate unique gift of appreciation

A simple letter-writing lesson generated an unexpected surprise for a Rising Starr Middle teacher and her class.

Elizabeth McCullough, who teaches eighth grade history, had her students write “thank-you” letters to soldiers, firemen and policeman in remembrance of the events of 9-11. The letters for the soldiers were sent to Colonel Ronald Ross, Chief of Staff ACSE-A, for distribution to servicemen and women serving in Kabul, Afghanistan. Recipients included soldiers in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Read More»

School angels need your help

In the back row are Fayette Holiday Helpers Sandy Hogan, Charlie Hogan and Ann Martin with Diann Ferrante and Karen Spangler, co-coordinators of the CARE Angel Tree Project pictured in the front row. Photo/Special.

Nearly 400 students need your help so they can have a brighter holiday season.

The Fayette County Public School System’s annual CARE (Children at Risk in Education) Angel Tree project is underway and the needs of students are reflective of the current economic situation in Fayette, the state and nation. The number of students needing help is up by 100 from last year. Read More»

It's that time of year for schools: Playing Pilgrims

It's that time of year for schools: Playing Pilgrims

Peeples Elementary School recently held their Thanksgiving lunch. Pictured are students Reese Brown and Luke Pacheco. Photo/Special.

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