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Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has made free interactive digital textbooks available on its website.

Students, parents and educators are welcome to use the books, which feature games, discussion questions, quizzes and other study elements.

They are available for middle and high school courses in such subjects as language arts, math, science, social studies, electives and several world languages -- Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said students who have used the digital textbook have had much classroom success with them.

Visit gavirtuallearning.org to access the textbook materials.

Walker School students begin school year with day of service

Walker School students begin school year with day of service

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Students from The Walker School in Cobb County kicked off their school year with a service project at Kennesaw Mountain.

About 80 sophomores spent the morning of August 15 doing trail cleanup and other service projects around the park.

As a part of its overall goal of building a well-rounded educational experience, the Pre-K(3) - grade 12 independent school encourages and provides opportunities for students to be active in community service projects.

Haven to build 792-bed student housing community at Kennesaw State

Haven to build 792-bed student housing community at Kennesaw State

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Haven Campus Communities is building Stadium Village, a 792-bed luxury student housing community across the street from Kennesaw State University's football stadium.

The community will be ready in time for the Owls' inaugural 2015 football season, said Atlanta-based Haven.

The community will include funished townhomes and flat-style floor plans. Community amenities include a cyber-lounge, charging stations, coffee bar, fitness center, tanning rooms, a game room, an infinity pool, a hammock garden and a large outdoor pavilion with televisions.

Back to school: Free and reduced-price lunch guidelines

Back to school: Free and reduced-price lunch guidelines

(WXIA) -- Thousands of Georgia students return to the classroom this week, and many of them meet the requirements for free and reduced-price meals during the school day.

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"It is important to provide our students with healthy, nutritious meals to help improve their chances of success and increase their learning opportunities," Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Director Nancy Rice said in a statement. "Research indicates that eating habits affect learning. We want to ensure all our children are well nourished and ready to learn."

Families that qualify for free and reduced-price lunch will get applications from their children's schools.

Students can receive the meals if:

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

(WXIA) -- This weekend will be a holiday for Georgia families in more ways than one.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on all major interstates and highways within five miles of malls and shopping districts.

This will allow parents and students to enjoy the tax-free shopping weekend without the added stress of road delays.

"The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times," GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. "The department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."

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Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

(WXIA) -- More than 80,000 Georgia children are enrolled in the state's Pre-K Program for the 2014-15 school year.

Pre-K is open to all 4 year olds, regardless of household income. Assistant commissioner Susan Adams said that it is the first school experience for many children.

"For this reason, we take our roles very seriously, and we work really hard to provide Georgia's children with positive and meaningful experiences," Adams said in a release.

In Pre-K, students study language, literacy and math while making new friends and building foundations for lifelong learning. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends parents visit their children's classrooms in advance to familiarize them with their new surroundings, and dress them in comfortable clothes and shoes every day. If students have a tendency to feel lonely, parents can send them to school with family photos to cheer them up, and blankets or stuffed animals to snuggle at naptime.

New Immunization Requirements for Rising 7th Graders

Georgia’s immunization requirements for children attending 7th grade have been revised.  Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, 7th  graders and new entrants into Georgia schools grades 8th through 12th, will be required to have  Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) and MCV (meningococcal conjugate) vaccines prior to entering school. 

Parents, please plan to have your child vaccinated well in advance of the start of the 2014-2015 school year. Seventh grade students will not receive class schedules unless they have these vaccines. If you have questions please contact your school nurse.