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Class Notes: Hall to host parent info nights for rising freshmen

POSTED: December 24, 2013 6:56 p.m.

Three information nights for parents of rising ninth-graders in the Hall County School District are scheduled for the beginning of the new year.

General information nights are scheduled for Jan. 9 at Lanier Career Charter Academy, 2723 Tumbling Creek Road, and for Jan. 16 at Chestatee High School, 3005 Sardis Road. Both sessions run from 6-7:30 p.m.

Parents will be informed of the various programs of choice and charter schools their children can attend, and how they can apply.

There will also be an informational night about the International Baccalaureate program on Jan. 14 at the Hall County Schools Central Office, 711 Green St., from 6-7 p.m. Johnson, North Hall and West Hall high schools offer this certification program.

For more information, see the school’s Web page at

UNG receives safe driving grant

The University of North Georgia has received a $7,720 grant to participate in the Georgia Young Adult Program, aimed at reducing car accidents and related injuries and fatalities.

The aim of the program, conducted through the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, is to use strategies like peer education, bringing speakers to the school and developing other techniques to reduce wrecks.

“These funds help support education, awareness and prevention for students to make wise, responsible decisions,” Sarah Williams, a health educator for the university, said in a news release.

Some events being planned include trivia games, drunken driving simulators and activities for a Safe Spring Break Week. Student worker Abby Young will help coordinate the events.

“These events, which are usually booths outside of our Dahlonega campus student center, include brochures, interactive games and facts and statistics that inform students about the health risks of things such as alcohol and tobacco,” Young said.

The grant will run through Sept. 30.

Carly Sharec covers education issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her:



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