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County spelling bee to be held today

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

Today

The Clayton County Spelling Bee will be held today, beginning at 9 a.m., at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, which is located at 2530 Mt. Zion Pkwy., in Jonesboro. For more information, call (770) 473-2875.

Friday

The Eddie J. White K-8 Academy will present a musical play, entitled "Madam -- Celebrating Achievements: A Tribute to Black Cultural Experiences," on Friday, Jan. 28, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the school, which is located at 11808 Panhandle Road, in Hampton. Tickets cost $8 in advance, and $12 at the door. Call (770) 472-2850.

Thursday

Clayton County Public Schools will host the speech portion of its annual "Hear Our Voices" competition, on Thursday, Feb. 3, beginning at 8:30 a.m., at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, located at 2530 Mt. Zion Pkwy., in Jonesboro. For more information, call (770) 473-2875.

Notes

The U.S. Air Force recently announced that Airman Carlos D. Barber, the son of Riverdale resident, Halona Barber, and Harrisburg, Pa., resident, Clay Smith, has graduated from an eight-week basic military training course at Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas. During his training, Airman Barber studied Air Force core values, military discipline, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

The U.S. Air Force recently announced that 2nd Lt. David A. Newman, a 2004 graduate of Forest Park High School, has graduated from the 52-week Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus Air Force Base, in Columbus, Miss. Newman graduated from pilot training with honors and will be flying the MC-130J aircraft assigned to Cannon Air Force Base, in Clovis, N.M. He is the son of Forest Park residents, Dan and Jan Newman. He is also a 2007 graduate of Valdosta State University.

Ongoing

The Clayton County Public Library System offers many services to students, including tutoring programs for those who speak either English, or Spanish, and online practice tests and electronic test-preparation books for the SAT, GED, ASVAB, and TOEFFL exams. Visit the Clayton County Library web site, at www.claytonpl.org.

The Everett Music School is offering a Music After School Program for local children, at the school's new location at the Emmanuel Baptist Church Campus, at 230 Ga. Hwy. 138, Bldg. B, in Riverdale. Through the program, youths receive homework assistance, Criterion-Reference Competency Test (CRCT) preparation, math and reading enrichment, and music lessons for piano, drums, singing and music theory. Transportation is also available. The cost of the camp is $65 per week. For more information, go online to www.eMusicSchool.org, or call (404) 969-KEYZ.

School Notebook is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily compiled by staff writer Curt Yeomans. He can be reached via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.