Education notebook: Hundreds attend FVSU job fair

More than 200 students at Fort Valley State University attended the school’s Career and Graduate Expo on Wednesday at the school’s Pettigrew Center, said Romelda Simmons, director of the Office of Career and Alumni Services.

Students had the opportunity to meet with representatives from 22 companies, including Cox Communications and Frito-Lay (which brought an 18-wheel mobile unit along), six colleges and universities and one school system. The event was open to the public.

This is the second year the school has combined its job and graduate school information sessions, Simmons said. “It allows students to seek employment and graduate school opportunities, all in one event,” she said.

Mercer to host Relay for Life event for college teams

Mercer University will host an American Cancer Society Relay for Life event in April for teams from local colleges, according to a news release.

The event, known as MACRelay, will take place at Porter Patch at the school’s Macon campus from 7 p.m. April 9 until 7 a.m April 10.

Teams from Mercer, Wesleyan College and Macon State College will participate in the event. The event will also have a tribute lap for Horace W. Fleming Jr., a Mercer administrator who died of cancer in April 2009. Fleming also served on the Bibb County board of directors for the American Cancer Society.

Local cancer survivors interested in participating in the survivor lap at the event can register at or at the event.

Houston County schools perform musicals

Two high schools in Houston County will perform musicals in the coming months.

Houston County High School will host performances of “Les Misérables” April 15-17 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for adults are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Entry for students and those 65 and older is $5. Tickets are available from cast members and at the school’s theater box office April 12-14 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Perry High School will perform Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka the Musical” on April 30 and May 1 at 7 p.m., and May 2 at 2 p.m. All shows will take place at the school’s theater.

Tickets are $5 for children and students, and $8 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the school or from cast and crew members.

Houston online meal payments go systemwide

Parents at all Houston County schools can take advantage of an online service that allows them to pay for meals and monitor their children’s spending, according to a news release.

Through, parents can add money to their child’s school meal account and monitor food purchases. New features such as expired credit card notification have been added to the program since the use of the site was first introduced at six of the system’s schools in the fall.

While parents can still use existing payment options for their children’s lunch and snack payments, officials say the online option cuts down on inconveniences such as students losing lunch money and cafeteria lines.

For more information about the program, or for help with registration, contact support staff at (800) 479-3531 or Christy Stokes in the system’s school nutrition department at 322-3308, extension 10305.

Bibb school system offices closed this week

As Bibb County school system students are out this week for spring break, the system’s central office is also closed all week.

The central office is closed as part of the Reduction in Work Days plan adopted by the school system Jan. 25 in response to Gov. Sonny Perdue’s amended 2010 state budget reduction. Under the plan, all public school systems in the state must take an additional 3 percent reduction in funding and withhold an amount of money equal to three days of teacher pay.

MGTC to hold class on interior design in April

Middle Georgia Technical College is hosting a continuing education interior design class beginning in April.

Students of the “Your Functional and Fabulous Dining Room” course will receive instruction from a formally trained interior designer and a former interior design columnist for the Athens Banner-Herald.

The class will meet 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from April 13 to May 11 and costs $59. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration ends April 9 at noon. Students will need to provide a ruler, scissors, colored pencils and dining room measurements. For more information, call 929-6791.

Bibb holds reader, quiz bowl competitions

Skyview Elementary School was the winner of the fifth annual Bibb County Readers’ Cup, held March 25. Jones Elementary’s team took second place. Other schools competing were Burdell-Hunt, Heritage and Springdale.

Skyview students who took part in the reading cup were Jordan Thompson, Amanda Hickman, Ivia Rollins, Shelby Youmans, Yuki Smith and Aubrey Merritt.

The system also hosted its Quiz Bowl Championship on March 26. Springdale Elementary students won, Alexander II took second place, and Skyview third place. The Springdale Elementary team is Sahan Vangala, David Matlock, John Lester, Emily Childress, Naomi Hunt, Janel Moore, Sidney Grant, Alessandro Leo, Finn McCue, Abigail Smith and coach Kathy Gilbert.

Compiled by Telegraph staff writers Andrea Castillo and Julie Hubbard.