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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 10:40 am | Updated: 10:58 am, Tue Jun 18, 2013.

The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) has awarded reaccreditation to the Huntington Learning Center in Dunwoody.

The award was announced by Henry G. Cram, Jr., Ed.D., president, MSA-CESS. The reaccreditation signifies that the Huntington Learning Center has met the Middle States Association Standards for a quality learning institution.

“The Middle States Association knows how important it is to parents that their children are attending a great institution that will give them an excellent education,” said Cram. “The Huntington Learning Center in Dunwoody has passed a months-long, rigorous yet rewarding process for reaccreditation. Parents can have confidence their children are attending a learning institution that cares about its students and is committed to continuous improvement in the learning process.”

Hundreds of Huntington Learning Centers nationwide aim to give students of all ages the best education possible by offering help with academic skills, subject tutoring and exam prep courses. The center in Dunwoody is open Monday through Thursday and Saturday.

The Huntington Learning Center was able to achieve reaccreditation by completing a comprehensive self-evaluation and hosting a volunteer evaluation team of independently-appointed educators, which conducted its own assessment and evaluation. A Steering Committee guided the institution and community through the months-long process. For the six-year-term of the accreditation, the community will engage in a commission-directed series of reports and/or site visits to maintain the rigor of the accreditation process.


Former Dunwoody Nature Center executive director Claire Waggenspack Hayes will be formally introduced as the Woodlands Garden of Decatur’s new executive director at a family event on June 30.

Hayes was previously a consultant in grant writing and development at Schroeder Resources and served as executive director of the DNC from 2000-2011. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia and a DeKalb County Extension Service Master Gardener. For information, visit woodlandsgarden.org


Business executive and Brookhaven resident Millard Choate has made a $100,000 challenge donation to Furkids to be dedicated to upgrades at the Furkids dog shelter in Forsyth County.

Furkids announced the donation last weekend during the organization’s 11th birthday party as a surprise in honor of Millard’s wife, Sue Choate, an advocate for animal welfare, and to commemorate Sadie, the Choate family’s beloved Weimaraner and Sue’s constant companion. Sadie died in April at the age of 13 years.

The donation challenges Furkids donors and supporters to contribute matching funds to complete the renovation of the organization’s 34-year-old dog shelter.

“Millard Choate’s contribution is a significant financial gift to Furkids, and an answered prayer for all of us who have been struggling with how to upgrade our dog shelter,” said Samantha Shelton, Furkids founder and executive director. “What’s equally significant is that Millard’s gift goes far beyond money. This contribution is part of a love story – a dog’s love for his owner, a woman’s love for her dog, and a man’s love for his wife. We are sincerely touched by the depth of this gift and are so grateful for it.”

The dog shelter has renovations planned for the interior and exterior. Planned renovations include grading, new fencing, additional parking, new concrete pavement in the rear, new dog runs, and outdoor landscape work. Interior renovations include the addition of a lobby, additional windows, relocation of a public restroom, additional meet and greet rooms, new flooring, new kitchen and prep room, and a new quarantine area. Furkids will begin the renovation as soon as possible, with the more critical exterior work of erosion control, landscaping and fencing to begin within approximately 60 days. New areas of the shelter will be designated as Sadie’s Place.

“Millard Choate’s contribution will have a tremendous impact on the lives of our dogs and the people who love them. We are confident that people who care about homeless animals will meet Mr. Choate’s challenge and help us complete the upgrades as soon as possible, Ms. Shelton said.

Choate is president of Choate Construction Company.

“The Choate family was blessed with Sadie, who enriched our lives and was both the source and recipient of immeasurable love,” he said. “My wife, Sue, and our daughters, Emily and Katie, love dogs of all types and we hope this renovated and improved facility will result in the adoption of many more dogs. This will inestimably enhance the lives of many people.”

Furkids will add a special page to its website, furkids.org, for donors to contribute matching funds to the Millard Choate matching grant.

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