Wesleyan College turns out to help Jay’s Hope

December 15, 2013 

The Wesleyan College Athletics Department joined forces with Jay’s Hope on Dec. 7, wrapping about 1,500 gifts for the nonprofit organization’s Christmas party the next day.

Jay’s Hope is an organization that supports families with children diagnosed with cancer. Each Christmas, the organization hosts a party complete with Santa and his elves, carolers, arts and crafts, and a catered meal for all of the children they sponsor and their families.

Wesleyan College athletes raised more than $350 and were able to “adopt” seven children to provide gifts for.

More than 50 athletes and staff members representing all six intercollegiate sports at Wesleyan spent part of that Saturday wrapping gifts that were delivered to more than 220 children.

Grant will boost technology

A $10,000 grant will help technology advancement and educational programs at Central Georgia Technical College’s Sam Way Sr. Hawkinsville Workforce Development Center.

The grant from the Robert David Buchan Charitable Trust in Pulaski County follows a number of loans from the trust to Pulaski County residents who wanted to further their educations beyond high school. The trust has also helped the college with other gifts since 2007.

Buchan, a longtime farmer, businessman, landowner and founder of the Pulaski Banking Co., created the trust in his will to support literacy and education in Pulaski County.

Central Georgia Technical College offers credit courses, noncredit continuing education courses, GED and adult literacy training, as well as economic development programs, at the Hawkinsville center. The center has tripled enrollment since 2007 and also began offering distance education courses.

Help wanted

The Macon Charter Academy, a charter school approved by the Bibb County Board of Education, is seeking applications for a principal to open the school in fall 2014. The school is set to open as an elementary school using the International Baccalaureate curriculum, and it plans to add a grade per year to until it offers kindergarten through eighth grade. Cover letters and résumés can be sent to the board chairwoman, Mary Lou Ezell, at maconcharteracademy@gmail.com, by fax to 787-7190, or to P.O. Box 13433, Macon, GA 31208.

Lake Joy Elementary teacher wins award

Dennis Peavy, a fourth-grade teacher of gifted students at Lake Joy Elementary School, recently won the 2013 Georgia Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Educator Award from the Georgia Farm Bureau.

Peavy was recognized for incorporating information and activities in his classroom curriculum that teach his students about agriculture and how it affects their daily lives. Peavy begins class each day with an agricultural fact of the day and uses hands-on activities, among other initiatives.

Race for Education gets donation

The Middle Georgia Technical College Foundation recently received a donation from an area restaurant for the annual Race for Education. Georgia Bob’s BBQ recently gave $500 in support of the September race, in addition to a $350 sponsorship provided by the restaurant, according to a release.

The 2013 race hosted more than 200 runners and raised more $10,000 to support adult education and literacy initiatives at Central Georgia Technical College.

Georgia College ranked among top college values

Georgia College & State University was ranked on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s list of top public college values for 2014.

The magazine included Georgia College on its list of the top 100 public colleges based on the university’s commitment to delivering a good value to students. The list was compiled from data that includes academic quality and affordability for students. Georgia College was one of four schools in the state included on the top 100 list, according to a news release.

The rankings are based on the admission rate, the test scores of incoming freshmen and graduation rates. It also includes tuition, fees, room and board, and financial aid.

Cheers or jeers?

The Bibb County school system is launching a survey to find out whether stakeholders believe the system has made progress since June 1.

The online survey seeks school and community feedback from the first half of the school year in an effort to assess whether the system is increasing stakeholder satisfaction and support.

The survey is scheduled to remain online through Dec. 22, and is linked from www.bibb.k12.ga.us.

Writers Jenna Mink and Mike Stucka contributed to this report.

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