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VFW educational, patriotic contests abound

School Notebook 8-23-13

MORROW — Commander Charles Needham of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6330 announced the 15th Annual VFW and Ladies Auxiliary “Smart/Maher VFW Citizenship Education Teacher Award” contest.

Teachers can be nominated for a chance to win $1,000 for professional development and $1,000 for their school plus an all-expenses paid trip to the VFW’s National Convention in July.

Needham also announced the 67th year for the organizations’ “Voice of Democracy Scholarship” competition for high school students. They compete among some 50,000 students nationwide for scholarships worth $152,000 combined.

The students must write and record a three-to-five minute essay on this year’s theme, “Why I’m Optimistic About our Nation’s Future.” Contestants must record on audio cassette tape or audio compact disc and present their recording, typed essay and entry form at their local VFW Post.

There is also the groups’ annual “Patriot’s Pen Essay” contest, said Needham. The competition targets students in grades 6-8 gains the interest of some 125,000 nationwide. They compete for thousands of dollars in awards.

Students are asked to write a 300-400-word essay on the theme, “What Patriotism Means to Me.”

All post winners advance to the district level, for a chance to compete at state level to represent Georgia in national competition. Deadlines are Nov. 1.

Those interested in the contests are asked to contact the post at 770-471-3385 or write to 732 Veterans Parkway, Jonesboro, GA 30238. Information on the annual programs and others is available at www.vfw.org/community.

Title I Parent Meeting set Saturday

Clayton County Public Schools’ annual Title I Parent Meeting is set for Saturday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The event will be at Drew High School, 6237 Garden Walk Blvd. in Riverdale. It will spotlight Dr. Steve Perry, who has been featured on CNN, OWN and BET.

Student Advisory Council applications available

State School Superintendent John Barge is accepting applications for the 2013-14 Student Advisory Council. Applications must be received by Sept. 13. All high school students are eligible to apply. Download the application at www.gadoe.org or email Ron Culver at rculver@doe.k12.ga.us.

ICT gets recognition

School is back in session and the cost of higher education, especially technical training, is constantly rising. Interactive College of Technology, based in Chamblee with satellite campuses in Morrow and Gainesville, has recently been recognized by the Department of Education as one of its Top 20 Best Values in the private-for-profit, two-year college sector for lowest tuition.

The institution offers classes in HVAC, business, medical coding and billing and medical office administration. The college also enrolls students from more than 100 countries and specializes in comprehensive English as a Second Language programs.