Education Notebook: State DOE looking for student advisers

Georgia education leaders are looking for students who can give them feedback on how state policies are affecting them.

Interested students in the ninth through 12th grades can now apply to be part of state Superintendent John Barge’s 2012-13 Student Advisory Council, according to a news release.

Those chosen for the council will meet with Barge and other state officials twice during the academic year.

The sessions will take place Nov. 7 and then March 6, 2013, though the dates are subject to change. Students should be able to attend both sessions.

Applications, available at, will be accepted through Sept. 14.

Pearl Stephens draws nutrition grant

Pearl Stephens Elementary School is participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program to try to introduce children to nutritious snacks.

Pearl Stephens will receive $17,217 from the program, according to a news release. In August, students tried star fruit.

In September, they will try pomegranate.

Other foods planned include snap peas, avocados, radishes, berries, kiwis and melons.

Students receive the snacks Wednesday and Friday afternoons. An educational lesson will be tied to the Friday snack.

“We are excited to have this opportunity to offer students such a variety of fresh produce. Discovering the taste of new fruits and vegetables is an important part of developing healthy habits,” Lauren Koff, dietician for Houston County schools, said in the release. “This program allows our Pearl Stephens children to have a nutritious afternoon snack to keep them focused while incorporating these foods into educational lessons.”

WRHS chorus to sing at Braves game

The Warner Robins High School chorus will sing the national anthem at Thursday’s Braves game in Atlanta.

The 50-member chorus was chosen after sending in an audition on CD, according to a Houston County schools news release.

The game starts at noon.

Houston County programs get industry certified

The graphic arts programs at Houston County, Northside, Warner Robins and Veterans high schools have earned industry certification in two areas: introduction to graphic communications and advertising and design.

PrintEd, the graphic communications/printing industry’s accreditation program, administered the certification, according to a release.

In addition, Houston County High earned industry certification for its early childhood education program from the Georgia Early Childhood Education Foundation.

The certification ensures that the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education programs provide the skills needed for an entry-level worker to be successful in the work force.

“Requiring our CTAE programs to become industry certified is one way to enhance the opportunity for our CTAE students to become high-achieving students,” Barbara Wall, director of Career, Technical and Agricultural Education, said in a release. “Industry certification also strengthens technical and academic standards for our programs, which helps to ensure that our students graduate ready for college and careers in the graphic arts industry.”

-- Compiled by Telegraph staff Jennifer Burk and Andrea Castillo.