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Class Notes: Schools urge students to promote wellness
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Hall County school officials are hoping a little competition could bring more awareness to living healthy.

The school system is challenging students, as individuals or groups, to create messages to promote wellness in the community. Those messages could be in the form of posters, short videos or Internet apps and should focus on topics such as nutrition and exercise.

The Fit Star competition runs through March 15 and is open to any student enrolled in the school system during that time. For group entries, all of the students in the group must attend the same school.

Detailed instructions are available on the system’s website.

Submissions will be judged on accuracy, clarity of the message, motivational content, quality of presentation and the entry’s title.

Winners will be selected between two categories, kindergarten through fifth grade and sixth through 12th grade, by March 31.

Winners will earn $175 for wellness activities at their school, a plaque and a $100 Walmart gift card.

For more information, contact Andrea Williamson-English,

Business coalition to hear update on UNG progress

The University of North Georgia is humming along after consolidating at the start of this semester.

President Bonita Jacobs will be giving an update on its progress Tuesday at the South Hall Business Coalition meeting. The school formed from North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega and Gainesville State College in Oakwood and has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students.

Jacobs is slated to speak about the university’s goal to provide new paths for students to pursue higher education and complete their degrees, according to the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce website.

The meeting is 8 a.m. at the Continuing Education Auditorium of the university’s Gainesville campus. Reservations are required. Contact Michelle Wiley at 770-532-6206, ext. 115, or

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