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Race this weekend: Jog for Jule

Race this weekend: Jog for Jule

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy at Walton High School will hold a 5K fundraiser this weekend.

Jog for Jule was organized in honor of Julie Furr, a breast cancer survivor and the mother of a Walton student. Money raised by the event will be donated to the Breast Cancer Alliance in Furr's name.

The race will be Saturday, Apr. 18 at 8 a.m. It will begin on Walton High's baseball field, loop through some nearby neighborhoods, and end at the Walton track.

Registration is $25 and includes a T-shirt, but runners must sign up no later than Tuesday, Apr. 14 at 4 p.m. to be guaranteed a shirt.

Visit jogforjule5k.com for more information and to sign up.

Walton High is located at 1590 Bill Murdock Road in East Cobb.

Cobb County hiring hundreds of teachers

Cobb County hiring hundreds of teachers

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County School District hopes to find hundreds of new teachers through a large job fair next month.

Certified teaching positions at all levels of instruction will be available at the event. It is the district's first major hiring event in eight years. Kevin Kiger, the district's executive director of employment, said representatives from every Cobb County school will attend the career fair.

With more than 13,500 employees, the district is Cobb County's largest employer.

The job fair will be Wednesday, Apr. 15 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at McEachern High School, which is located at 2400 New MacLand Road in Powder Springs. It was originally supposed to be at the Smyrna Community Center, but an overwhelming response forced the district to find a larger location.

2015 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2015 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

ATLANTA -- Twenty-four productions have been nominated for the 2015 Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards, otherwise known as the Shuler Hensley Awards.

The program is named for Tony Award-winning actor Shuler Hensley, a Cobb County native. This year's winners will be announced Thursday, Apr. 23 during an awards ceremony at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Winning a Shuler Hensley Award can reap major benefits for a budding performer. Just ask Jai'Len Josey, who won Best Actress in 2014 for her portrayal of Effie White in Tri-Cities High School's production of Dreamgirls.

Chattahoochee Tech's early childhood program now accredited

Chattahoochee Tech's early childhood program now accredited

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Technical College's Early Childhood Care and Education Associate of Applied Science program is now nationally accredited.

Fewer than 200 such programs have achieved such accreditation, according to the college.

To become accredited, a program must meet six core standards in the areas of child development and learning; family and community relations; observing, documenting and assessing children's learning; developmentally effective approaches; using content knowledge; and professionalism.

Accreditation took several months to achieve and involved a visit from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The accreditation will remain in place for seven years.

Courses for the 72-credit hour early childhood education program are offered at CTC's Canton, Marietta and Paulding campuses, as well as online.

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

(WXIA) -- State School Superintendent Richard Woods has named the 64 young Georgians who make up his 2015 Student Advisory Council.

The council is composed of middle and high school students who meet periodically throughout the school year to discuss the impact of state politics in the classroom.

More than 1,000 students statewide applied to join the council. The members were chosen on a series of essays that focused on public education.

"It is essential, as we work to develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, to hear directly from students," Woods said. "These students feel the impact of our decisions every day and, if we're going to improve their educational experience, we have to bring them to the table."

The Student Advisory Council will meet Feb. 27, Mar. 11 and Apr. 28 at the Georgia Department of Education office in Atlanta.

Several members are from metro Atlanta, including:

10 north Ga. students chosen for Disney Dreamers Academy

10 north Ga. students chosen for Disney Dreamers Academy

(WXIA) -- Ten high school students from the Atlanta area are among only 100 teens nationwide to be selected for the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine.

The winners were selected from among nearly 10,000 applicants nationwide. They will travel to Walt Disney World Resort in March to participate in a prestigious educational and mentoring program.

Dreamers, as program participants are called, will learn life skills such as communication techniques and networking, and will explore possible career paths.

Visit disneydreamersacademy.com for more information.

Metro Atlanta's Dreamers include: