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Miller Middle Students Begin Green Team

Miller Middle School students have begun a Green Team to recycle plastics, aluminum cans and scrap paper. A paper recycling box has been put in the office, media center, art room, several language art rooms, every science class and the teachers' lounge.

The 25 students on the team meet every other Wednesday  to gather all scrap paper from the rooms, as well as collect all plastics. On Friday mornings, students have a ‘stomp party’ outside to crush any aluminum cans for the week so they are easier to store. Each month, Dr. Shelly Martin – a Miller Middle parent and Wesleyan Professor – volunteers her time to pick up the recycling and take it to Macon Iron.

13 Days of Giving Spotlight: Big Brothers Big Sisters

13 Days of Giving: Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Heart of Georgia serves children in Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Greene, Hancock, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Laurens, Monroe, Peach, Twiggs, Washington, and Wilkinson Counties.  

They have been providing help for community kids since 1953.   Children who have mentors go to school more often, get higher grades, get along with others better, and have higher levels of self esteem.

To help with this project you can volunteer to be a mentor, or donate holiday items for families.

For more information on how you can help with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, call 478-745-3984, e-mail agency@bbbsheartga.org or visit www.bbbsheartga.org

We'll have more on 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.

George Chamber of Commerce to Sponsor Second Annual Education Reform Conference

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its second annual Education Reform Conference on Friday, Dec. 3, at the Marriott City Center Hotel & Centreplex in Macon. 

This event is held in partnership with Milledgeville’s Georgia College and State University, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Center for an Educated Georgia.

This year’s conference will focus on K-12 accountability and feature nationally acclaimed experts and groundbreaking education research.  Scheduled speakers are:


Virginia College Open House and Ribbon Cutting

Virginia College in Macon will welcome visitors at an open house and ribbon cutting to showcase its classrooms, labs, medical and cosmetology areas.  

The event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 2nd from 4 to 7 p.m. at the campus located at 1901 Paul Walsh Drive. 

“We are excited to showcase our new campus and career center,” said David Murray President of Virginia College in Macon.  “At Virginia College, we teach our students how to succeed and make a difference in our community. The Macon area will truly benefit from our well-trained graduates.”

Virginia College in Macon began enrollment in July 2010 and started holding classes at the Macon facility in October.

The school expects to enroll 1,200 students at full capacity and will employ more than 100 people.

Dads Invited to Ingram-Pye Elementary

Ingram-Pye Elementary School will host its 2nd All Pro Dad breakfast in the cafeteria on November 20 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Fathers and their children meet with other dads and kids to discuss a wide range of family topics, spend time together, create fun memories and strengthen their relationships.

“The response we received from our last All Pro Dad Breakfast was phenomenal!” says Principal Mary Sams. “Held at Chik-Fil-A on Bloomfield Road, we had about 100 fathers and children in attendance.”

Vineville Academy Class Project Funded

Recently, Vineville Academy Strings Teacher Patricia Baser recently had her fourth project funded through DonorsChoose.org: the funding of 14 violin, viola, and cello bows to replace those worn out from use. 

Baser submitted the $778.81 project on September 15 and was notified it had been completely funded on Oct. 21.

Vineville Academy students have the opportunity to study a string instrument as early as kindergarten, and each year, the program continues to grow.

This year, almost 150 students are learning to play the violin, viola, and cello; with almost all students using school instruments, the bows are used a lot and wear out after a while.

In the last two years, the Fine Arts Department has purchased an additional 50 fractional size violins.

Heritage Elementary Asks Families to Turn Off Technology

Heritage Elementary is asking parents and students to join them in recognizing Turn Off Your Technology Day on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Families are encouraged to turn off cell phones, televisions, radio, video games, and computers and instead read a book together.

Forms are being sent home for families to sign saying they participated; every student who returns the signed form will receive a book mark. This event is part of the school’s activities for National Parent Involvement Day, which is being recognized on Nov. 18.