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119 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up at Lunch' to battle bullying

119 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up at Lunch' to battle bullying

(WXIA) -- More than 100 schools across Georgia will participate in this year's National Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

The annual event is sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center and was created in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month. Roughly 6,000 schools nationwide are expected to participate.

"Mix It Up is a positive step that schools can take to help create learning environments where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group," said Maureen Costello, director of the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance project. "When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common."

On National Mix It Up at Lunch Day, students are asked to sit with new friends in the cafeteria. Its goal is to foster understanding and respect among young people.

Participating schools in metro Atlanta include:

Owl training to become KSU mascot

Owl training to become KSU mascot

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A great horned owl is in training to become Kennesaw State University's first live mascot.

Athletic Director Vaughn Williams said the idea for a live mascot surfaced a few years ago, but gained traction when the school's new football program was announced. KSU will have its first football game in 2015.

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The decision to bring on a live mascot was made by Williams and KSU President Dan Papp.

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

ATLANTA -- There was little change in SAT scores between Georgia's Class of 2013 and Class of 2012, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

About 75 percent of Georgia's high school seniors took the SAT in 2013, compared to 43 percent nationally. Georgia students earned a collective score of 1452 out of 2400 -- the same score as last year. The national average is 1498.

Overall, Georgia's senior increased two points in critical reading and decreased two points in math. The overall writing score stayed the same from 2012 to 2013. About 36 percent of Georgia's test takers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.

9 Ga. schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools

9 Ga. schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools

ATLANTA -- Nine schools in Georgia have been named to one of the most prestigious education lists in the country.

The schools -- eight public and one private -- are Georgia's latest National Blue Ribbon Schools. The distinction is given annually by the U.S. Department of Education to schools where students operate at very high levels and work hard to close the achievement gap.

"National Blue Ribbon Schools are another shining example of great things happening in Georgia schools," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "These eight schools are to be commended for their outstanding student performance. I am excited for these students, teachers and staff that they were recognized on a national level for excellence.

Georgia's 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools are:

2 Ga. colleges among nation's healthiest

2 Ga. colleges among nation's healthiest

(WXIA) -- Many college students seem to exist solely on beer and ramen noodles, but 10 schools have kicked it up a notch by offering world-class dining experiences.

The Daily Meal has listed the top 10 four-year colleges that go above and beyond the traditional meal plan.

The list includes two schools in metro Atlanta. Emory University comes in at No. 4, while Kennesaw State University is No. 8.

The schools were judged on the amount of healthy food they offer and whether that food is produced or grown locally. The No. 1 school, Bowdoin College in Maine, serves vegetables grown in its own organic garden.

PROBE College Fair returns to metro Atlanta

PROBE College Fair returns to metro Atlanta

(WXIA) -- The 2013 PROBE College Fair will make several stops in metro Atlanta this month.

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Representatives from nearly 200 colleges and universities will attend the fairs to answer high school students' questions about all aspects of college life, including admission, academics and financial aid.

The fair will be at the Gwinnett Center Wednesday at 6 p.m. On Thursday, it will be at Town Center at Cobb, also at 6 p.m.

Smaller PROBE events will be held across Georgia throughout September. See a calendar and learn more at gaprobe.org.

KSU ranked among top regional universities

KSU ranked among top regional universities

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Kennesaw State University ranks among the top regional universities in the South, according to the new U.S. News college rankings.

The university is No. 69 on this year's Regional University South Rankings list, which profiles the best colleges and universities in the United States.

See all of KSU's credentials at usnews.com.

Three Georgia schools made the overall top 100 list: Emory University (No. 20), Georgia Tech (No. 36) and the University of Georgia (No. 60).