Best in class for July 25

Three students are recipients of the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program, which gives scholarships for higher education to student volunteers. Kelsey Hirsch, from Cumming, created a nonprofit called Bands4RAINN, which sells arm bands to raise money for victims of sexual abuse. Olivia Ries, of Fayetteville, started a letter-writing campaign to raise awareness about rhino poaching in South Africa. She personally delivered the over 10,000 letters to the South African president. Ivana Warren, of Stone Mountain, has sent more than 600 pairs of shoes to children in Africa who walk several miles to get to school. Each student was awarded a $1,000 scholarship, and has the chance to win $10,000 if chosen as a national scholarship winner at the end of July.

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Several children attended Delta Community Credit Union’s Vinings branch Cool Cash Money Camp on July 17 and 24, where they learned about earning, saving, spending and giving money.

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Angela Hale, of Decatur, was awarded a Daily Point of Light Award for her volunteer work at International Community School in Decatur. She had helped with chores, been a substitute teacher and tutor, and she helped with a fundraiser that earned $30,000 for the school.

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Arabia Mountain High School graduate Jonathan Jones received two sports scholarships to Delaware State University. He will compete in football and track and field, and plans to major in electrical engineering.

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Second grade teacher Amy Myers was named a finalist for the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice. Myers is a second grade teacher at Powder Springs Elementary School. The Fishman Prize gives effective teachers working in high-poverty schools $25,000 and the opportunity to share their knowledge and success with other educators across the U.S.

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WINGS for kids was recently awarded several grants totalling more than $1 million to advance teaching social and emotional skills. The grants will allow WINGS to serve more than 500 students each day in the Atlanta area. WINGS for kids is an organization that helps children develop SEL skills through after school programs.

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