Chesnut Elementary’s Robotics Team was awarded first place in the Core Values and Robot Performance categories at the  First LEGO League (FLL) Regional Tournament that took place at Chamblee Charter High School.

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The Marist School’s speech and debate program has been ranked among the top eight percent of school’s nationwide by the National Speech & Debate Association and has earned membership into the association’s 200 Club. Marist’s speech and debate program achieved more than 200 degrees for its competitive and service-related activities during the 2015-2016 academic year. Moderated by Marist faculty members Jeffrey Miller and Abby Schirmer, teaches students essential life skills, including communication, research, listening, writing, and organizational skills.

“I am so incredibly proud of these students for their hard work and dedication to speech and debate,” said Abby Schirmer. “Earning 200 degrees in the National Speech and Debate Association is an honor that very few schools achieve. I am in awe at how these students have found ways to exercise their critical thinking and problem-solving skills while incorporating a wide array of viewpoints and ideas.”

This is the first time in Marist School’s history that the speech and debate team has reached the 200 Club.

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The Chamblee Middle School Academic Quiz team took first place in the DeKalb County Academic Bowl on Dec. 10.  The team edged second place Peachtree, followed by Henderson and Kittredge.  All four teams will compete in the PAGE Academic Bowl regional competition in January.  

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Children’s author Carmen Deedy spent two days at Dunwoody Elementary School conducting a fun and informative writer’s workshop for fifth-grade students. Meanwhile, students in grades 1-3 were treated to a visit from local artist and illustrator Michael White.

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Partnering with the U.S. Marines, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School students made Christmas a little brighter for children in need throughout Atlanta. Living out one of its norms of Sharing the Well, the school participates in Toys for Tots annually. This year students donated more than 1,000 toys. 

Sgt. Carlton Roach and Capt. Brent Adams thanked the community on behalf of the Corps. “We cannot thank Mount Vernon’s students, teachers and parents enough for their tremendous generosity. Your gifts will help many families who need our support this year as well as help us achieve the goal of 900,000 donated toys in the Atlanta area this Christmas,” shared Captain Adams.

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Congressman John Lewis spoke to a community crowd of nearly 500 at The Davis Academy Nov. 28 about his life, work and the graphic novel trilogy about the civil rights movement he has written called March.  The third book just won a National Book Award.  

Prior to his talk to the audience, Lewis met with members of The Davis Academy Middle School Student Government Association and the community about courage and personal sacrifice for important causes, and encouraged people to “never give up” on dreams and goals.  Even if it’s a cause that is bigger than ourselves, “we all can do something,” he said.

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Chesnut Elementary School fifth grader, Ryan Roebuck, was selected as a winner at the 2016 Social Studies Fair for his project “How Does Technology and the Internet Affect Bullying?”  Ryan will be among the students representing DeKalb County with projects in the regional competition.

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