Education notebook: Mercer receives $174k NSF grant

Mercer University has received a $174,574 grant from the National Science Foundation, which will fund lab equipment and chemistry research opportunities for students.

Chemistry professors Dale E. Moore, David R. Goode and Caryn S. Seney will lead the NSF-funded project called “Going Further: An Integrative Approach to a more Research-Oriented, Exploratory Junior-Level Lab,” according to a news release.

Most of the two-year grant will pay for lab equipment, though it will also allow six undergraduates to participate in chemistry research during two summers.

“This lab will build more successful students in terms of communicating, working as a team of scientists, performing research and to think more deeply at solving real world problems,” Seney said in a news release. “We are one of the few institutions that provide such an experience for our junior-level students in chemistry.”

Jones Elementary hosting open house

Jones Elementary School is hosting a Back to School Jamboree and Open House Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Parents can meet their child’s teacher at the event and learn more about the school’s Title I parent involvement program, according to a school flyer.

Jones Elementary’s parent teacher organization will serve hot dogs at the event.

For more information, contact Donna Scott at (478) 779-2581 or at

Shirley Hills certified for nutrition standards compliance

The Georgia Department of Education recognized the Houston County School system for compliance with the School Meals Initiative for Healthy Children, which sets nutrition standards for school meals.

Shirley Hills Elementary School was certified by the Georgia Department of Education for compliance with the standards, according to a news release.

Each week students’ school lunch must provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances for protein, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium, and breakfast is required to provide one-fourth.

Compiled by Telegraph staff Andrea Castillo and Jennifer Burk.