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Soldier returns home and makes 2 surprise stops at schools

7:32 PM, Jan 13, 2014

For Army Capt. Robert Abrams, after a year of dedication to country, he can now give way to devotion to family.

Alpharetta police substation now in elementary school

12:25 PM, Dec 5, 2013

Alpharetta Elementary has become the first school in Georgia to have a police substation in its school building.

Ron Clark Academy accepting applications

11:13 AM, Oct 22, 2013

Every year, Ron Clark Academy receives hundreds of applications for fewer than 50 slots. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1.

Through Operation Storybook donors buy books for needy kids

3:34 PM, Sep 25, 2013

Just $36 provides a new book each month for a year for needy kids at Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Centers.

Philanthropy Store teaches students to give

9:13 AM, Sep 3, 2013

The Philanthropy Store at the Junior Achievement Discovery Center teaches kids how to make their communities stronger and better.

Usher helps create leadership curriculum in Ga. schools

5:08 AM, Jul 23, 2013

Singer Usher Raymond, IV is known for singing, songwriting and performing, but he's also gaining a respect for his work with youth and is collaborating with the Georgia Department of Education to do more.

Mandatory child abuse reporting required of school volunteers

3:34 PM, Jan 3, 2013

Now, under Georgia law, parents and all other volunteers and employees in schools are required to report suspected abuse or neglect of children.

Top 5 gifts for teachers

10:06 AM, Dec 13, 2012

It's the time of the year when it's common to buy gifts for our children's teachers. See what they really want and what they don't.

Class Notes: Students walk; Teacher becomes priest

10:37 AM, Oct 19, 2012

11Alive's Class Notes looks at two major events this weekend -- students walking to raise money for diabetes research and a former teacher who will become a Roman Catholic Priest.

Drivers who pass stopped school buses to face fines

2:34 PM, Aug 28, 2012

Drivers who don't stop for school buses in some parts of the metro area are about to get hit with stiff fines.

College students must take class in civility

1:26 PM, Aug 24, 2012

Clayton State University is requiring all incoming freshmen to take a course in civility.

Etowah chemistry teacher pilots AP lab program

2:50 PM, May 10, 2012

WOODSTOCK - A former 11Alive Class Act winner will pilot a program that will change the way Advanced Placement chemistry is taught in the nation's schools. 

The College Board has selected Dr. Michelle Barthlow, who heads the science department at Etowah High School, as one of 35 participants worldwide to pilot changes for revised AP chemistry labs.

11Alive highlighted Barthlow's accomplishments four years ago when she won 11Alive's Class Act award for her making teens feel so comfortable in her classroom, they enjoy learning. 

"A child's not going to come up and ask a question when they're struggling if they're afraid of me," said Barthlow in a 2008 interview. "It's a relaxed atmosphere where they know they can turn to a friend who is understanding what they're doing and ask a question."

Atlanta families participate in dance-off for charity

10:51 AM, Mar 22, 2012

The little ones at Primrose School of Buford are trying to dance their way to healthy lifestyles and win the Primrose National Family Dance-off.

Teen wants a win on Oscar night

3:28 PM, Feb 24, 2012

ATLANTA - On this Oscar weekend, Zack Hosseini, 15, a freshman at Centennial High School is looking to score his own win.

Qwizzy's World, Cram Stoppers help kids study

9:48 AM, Feb 15, 2012

A Forsyth County couple created two online testing resources to help kids study better.

Ga. House deals blow to charter school movement

4:03 PM, Feb 8, 2012

ATLANTA - Georgia's Democratic party is split over how to create and fund charter schools.

CLASS NOTES | Free course for teachers from LearningRX

11:51 AM, Feb 3, 2012

LearningRX is offering a free "brain training" course for metro Atlanta teachers.

CLASS NOTES | Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

9:27 AM, Jan 27, 2012

A middle school teacher has a "bright" idea for teaching her students about electricity.

Family of 14 kids enjoys organized chaos

2:43 PM, Dec 23, 2011

MCDONOUGH - If you think you have a lot of Christmas gifts to buy for your immediate family, you have nothing on the Adkins family of McDonough where there are 14 children. 

MIDTOWN: The Alliance looks at 'Real Tweenagers of Atlanta'

10:56 AM, Oct 27, 2011

The newest play at the Alliance Theatre looks at lives of upper elementary through the middle school grades.