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Education briefs:Northside High raises $2,000 from Dodge Booster Club fundraiser

Northside High School students and families participated in a Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser on Aug. 2 and raised $2,000. During the fundraiser, held in conjunction with the band Jazz Picnic, Five Star Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram of Warner Robins dealership contributed $20 for each test drive of a 2014 Dodge Durango, Journey, Grand Caravan or Dart.

“Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser is a mutually beneficial program. We are pleased to support our local schools, and enjoy demonstrating a terrific, world class product,” Dave Englen, manager of the Southeast Business Center for Chrysler Group LLC, said in a news release.

Since 1993, Dodge has helped raise more than $5 million for schools with test drive programs like the Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser.

Perdue Scholarship awarded to Willa Wang

Willa Wang, daughter of Li Ma and Lijun Wang, of Warner Robins, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms. She received one of 15 scholarships given this year to children of Perdue employees and independent contract farm partners. Winners were selected based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community involvement.

Wang, whose mother is an associate at the Perdue facility in Perry, will attend the University of Chicago, where she will study environmental studies.

Wang was valedictorian at Houston County High School in 2014.

Other accolades include regional winner of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize in 2011 for a water-related science project, first-place winner in the VFW Voice of Democracy Essay Contest, a participant in the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program and recipient of the Georgia Certificate of Merit.

Fort Valley teacher attends summer program

Bernessa Rawls-Baker, a Fort Valley Middle School teacher and Perry native, attended the two-week National Institute of Standards and Technology Summer Institute Program for middle school science teachers.

The program provided selected teachers hands-on activities, lectures, tours and visits with scientists and engineers at the agency campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Rawls-Baker was one of 22 teachers selected to participate in the 2014 summer hands-on workshop and was the only one selected from Georgia. She is a second-year teacher at Fort Valley Middle,

Each teacher was awarded a $2,000 stipend and another $2,000 for travel and lodging.