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Local Dekalb school to get a Target School Library Makeover

Local Dekalb school to get a Target School Library Makeover

Decatur - On  Wednesday, October 5th the students at Knollwood Elementary in Decatur will unveil a new beautiful, completely renovated library.

This past month Target has been in the process of rebuilding and refurnishing the school's library and look forward to unveiling it tomorrow, full of 2,000 new books and a complete updgrade to the computers and technolgy.  Below is the release:

Students, families and staff from Knollwood Elementary along with Target Corp.® (NYSE:TGT), volunteers and The Heart of America Foundation® will celebrate the unveiling of the school’s newly renovated library. As a result of the makeover process, the library at Knollwood Elementary now features 2,000 new books, eco-friendly design elements, a complete technology upgrade, as well as new furniture, carpet and shelves.

Nobel Prize winner to headline USG conference

Nobel Prize winner to headline USG conference

ATLANTA -- Nobel Prize winner Dr. Muhammad Yunus will be the keynote speaker at an economic development conference hosted by the University System of Georgia.

The Social Business and Microcredit conference will be held Oct. 17 at Georgia Tech's Ferst Center.

Yunus won the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize for his pioneering work in microcredit, which is the extension of very small loans to those in poverty, with the goal of spurring entrepreneurship.

Agnes Scott sees record applicants

Agnes Scott sees record applicants

DECATUR, Ga. -- The all-female Agnes Scott College in Decatur saw a record number of applicants this fall.

The small, private liberal arts college received nearly 2,300 applications, up from last year's record of 2,117. The freshman class has nearly 230 students.

The class includes students from 25 states and six countries -- China, Ghana, India, Pakistan, Turkey and Vietnam.

More than half the freshman class is from Georgia.

Creekview High among schools that 'rock' for MDA

Creekview High among schools that 'rock' for MDA

CANTON, Ga. -- More than 60 schools participated in this year's School ShamROCKS Program sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Together, these schools raised over $34,000 to fight muscular dystrophy.

Creekview High School in Canton was this year's big winner, raising $2,000 for MDA.

New DeKalb superintendent releases plan of action

New DeKalb superintendent releases plan of action

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- At a district-wide meet and greet in late August, then-incoming superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson told parents she wanted to hit the ground running - promising better communication and a thorough district-wide review.

In her first day on the job, she took steps toward fulfilling both of those promises.

Dr. Atkinson released a 90-day plan detailing steps to audit the district's leadership, departments and programs.

READ: Dr. Atkinson's complete 90-day plan

She also visited six schools, touring the building and meeting with each principal. Her goal is to visit each school in the district.

Dr. Atkinson inherits a district under review by SACS. She comes on the heels of former superintendent Crawford Lewis, who was indicted on racketeering charges.

Georgia's university system eyes campus mergers

Georgia's university system eyes campus mergers

ATLANTA -- The University System of Georgia will consider merging some of its 35 campuses to save money in a tight economy, system Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced Wednesday.

In his first initiative since taking office in July, the former state lawmaker and university administrator is instructing his staff to immediately start assessing opportunities for consolidations that would let the system operate more efficiently without jeopardizing its teaching, research and service missions.

The idea of merging some of the smaller Georgia colleges into larger campuses has been talked about off and on over the years but never has gone past the discussion stages. The staff, students and parents from the affected schools and their representatives in the General Assembly pose the most likely obstacles to consolidation plans becoming reality.

High school sports get a new 'beat'

High school sports get a new 'beat'

ATLANTA -- In just one week, Atlanta-area high school sports will get a new beat.

Beats Battle, the brainchild of atlanta.highschoolsports.net and Patchwerk Recording Studios, will give high school students the chance to use their talents to show pride in their schools and teams.

Each week Patchwerk will provide different beats on atlanta.highschoolsports.net. Students can download the beats, add lyrics that praise their favorite high school teams and upload their products to the Web.

Voters can visit atlanta.highschoolsports.net to select a weekly winner. At the end of the season, one grand prize winner will receive recording time in the legendary Patchwerk Studios.