Education briefs

February 13, 2013 

Houston schools to host truck pull

The Houston County school system is asking people to pull a 34,000-pound fire truck for charity.

The school district will host the fire truck pull to benefit the Special Olympics March 9 at 10 a.m. at McConnell-Talbert Stadium in Warner Robins.

Teams will pull the fire truck a distance of 25 feet. Teams will be awarded for the fastest pull time, the most team spirit, the lowest combined team weight, the highest combined team weight and the community’s favorite. Any group, organization or business may register to participate, and teams are encouraged to create a team name. Registration is $500, and the deadline to register is Feb. 28.

To obtain a registration packet or additional information, please contact special education teacher Angela Cuti at 955-8119 or

FVSU offers ag scholarships

Fort Valley State University is offering scholarships to four incoming freshmen majoring in agricultural economics.

Recipients of the Agriculture Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program receive $6,500 annually for four years to pay tuition, fees and room and board, a news release states. In addition, each year students receive $1,000 for books, $1,500 for travel to professional conferences and $4,000 to study abroad in Ghana, Africa. The scholarship also offers a paid internship and paid summer research experience after the junior year.

The scholarships are for high school seniors who are Georgia residents and U.S. citizens. Applicants must be black or Hispanic, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have a combined score of 1,000 on the SAT or ACT equivalent. Applicants must apply for federal financial aid and admission into Fort Valley State.

For more information, go to Those interested also may contact Erika Styles at 825-3134 or The scholarships are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Byron students qualify for All-State Choir

Four students from Byron Middle School qualified for All-State Choir sponsored by the Georgia Music Educator’s Association. The students are Tray Davis, Noah Grant, Hunter Johnson and Breanna Story. They will travel to the Savannah Civic Center for a concert on Feb. 23 at 3 p.m.

-- Staff reports

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