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TFA Hosts State Superintendent Forum at Inman Middle

Please join Teach for America Atlanta at Inman Middle School (774 Virginia Ave, NE) for a moderated dialogue between State Superintendent candidates John Barge, Joe Martin and Kira Willis.

Teach for America corps members, alumni, staff, supporters and members of the Atlanta community are being invited to engage with Georgia’s State Superintendent candidates on issues ranging from teacher evaluation and teacher quality to Race to the Top and school funding.

APS Lunches to go Local and Grass-Fed

ATLANTA, GA -- White Oak Pastures Owner and Georgia Organics President Will Harris is proud to announce that on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, he will be providing 158 cases of his grass-fed beef to feed students at all 90 Atlanta Public Schools.   On this day, all Atlanta Public Schools (APS) will be serving whole wheat penne pasta with meat sauce featuring Harris’ grass-fed beef that is grown and raised on White Oak Pastures farm in Bluffton, Georgia.  This is an initiative on behalf of School Food Focus to raise awareness about how easy it would be for large school districts to source grass-fed and locally grown meats for more healthful meals.

AFRD Fired Up! 5K Run/Walk

Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Fire Station 16 and 19 in conjunction with Kroger, Phidippides Atlanta, Weaver and Woodbury, Atlanta Metro Lions Club, and Advantage Laser Products are presenting the FirEd Up! 5K Run/Walk in Virginia Highlands (1063 North Highland Avenue, NE).

This annual event is used to help fund scholarships to graduating seniors of Washington and Grady High Schools. Since its inception the 5k race has awarded 30 scholarships, worth $500 each, to deserving students. The race will be held on September 18, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. Parking will be available on local side streets. Registration for the race costs $20 and includes a t –shirt. For more information please visit http://www.active.com

Free Standardized Test Prep

According to a report released Monday, the average score for the state’s public, private and home school students fell for the fourth straight year.

To try and intercept this issue, the Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell and Kaplan are offering a free college entrance exam preparation series. This year is the programs 9th year.

This year Georgia saw its largest and most diverse group ever of graduating seniors take the SAT, the most widely used entrance exam for in-state colleges and universities. The SAT participation rate for the Georgia class of 2010 was 74 percent, ranking Georgia among the top 10 in the nation, state officials said.