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Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has made free interactive digital textbooks available on its website.

Students, parents and educators are welcome to use the books, which feature games, discussion questions, quizzes and other study elements.

They are available for middle and high school courses in such subjects as language arts, math, science, social studies, electives and several world languages -- Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said students who have used the digital textbook have had much classroom success with them.

Visit gavirtuallearning.org to access the textbook materials.

Ice Challenge in a 'Chill Pool' at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School

Ice Challenge in a 'Chill Pool' at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Holy Innocents' Episcopal School Head of School Paul Barton and the Rev. Ned Mulligan took the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS on Friday after being called out by administrators from St. Benedict's Episcopal Day School in Smyrna.

The two decided to increase the challenge a bit by stepping first into a 48-degree, athletic "chill pool" in the Athletic Training Center—with separate cups of ice water for the actual dunk.

Holy Innocents' students, however, had something else in mind: Connor Barry heaved a bucket of ice water over the new head of school while Haven Boaz thoroughly doused Mulligan, Holy Innocents' head chaplain.

"That was good for the first take," Barton quipped good-naturedly.

Barton has challenged Holy Innocents' previous head of school, Gene Bratek, now headmaster at Davidson Day School in North Carolina.

(Video by Julie Fennell, Holy Innocents')

Delta Community Credit Union sponsors financial literacy program

Delta Community Credit Union sponsors financial literacy program

(WXIA) -- For the second year in a row, Delta Community Credit Union will sponsor the brass | Media Student Program, which brings financial literacy skills to classrooms across metro Atlanta.

Teachers can register for the program at studentprogram.com. Atlanta-based Delta Community's partnership with the Student Program has helped it reach more than 200,000 students in 159 schools.

One local educator -- Michael Young, a Career & Technical Education teacher at Collins Hill High School in Gwinnett County -- was the 3,000th teacher nationwide to sign up for the program. He said it has strengthened his students' understanding of money and possible career paths, and has helped them prepare for college.

Holy Innocents' Episcopal School receives $1 million for financial aid

Holy Innocents' Episcopal School receives $1 million for financial aid

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School  (HIES) has received a $1 million planned gift from former school trustee Ray Inglett Jr. These funds will be placed in the school’s endowment and go toward financial aid for students in need of assistance. The fund will be called The Inglett Family Financial Aid Fund.

Inglett, a lifetime donor to HIES has served the school and Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church in a number of leadership roles. He was co-chair of the school’s Executive Board from 1988-89, and served on the Board of Trustees from 1990-91 and again from 1995-96. Inglett was also a Facilities Development Committee Chair and was appointed to many committees, including ones for the Scholarship Foundation and Strategic Planning. 

Back to school: Free and reduced-price lunch guidelines

Back to school: Free and reduced-price lunch guidelines

(WXIA) -- Thousands of Georgia students return to the classroom this week, and many of them meet the requirements for free and reduced-price meals during the school day.

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"It is important to provide our students with healthy, nutritious meals to help improve their chances of success and increase their learning opportunities," Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Director Nancy Rice said in a statement. "Research indicates that eating habits affect learning. We want to ensure all our children are well nourished and ready to learn."

Families that qualify for free and reduced-price lunch will get applications from their children's schools.

Students can receive the meals if:

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

(WXIA) -- This weekend will be a holiday for Georgia families in more ways than one.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on all major interstates and highways within five miles of malls and shopping districts.

This will allow parents and students to enjoy the tax-free shopping weekend without the added stress of road delays.

"The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times," GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. "The department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."

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