Channel 2 Wsb-Tv Presents The Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards

ATLANTA—WSB-TV Channel 2 announces the air date for the 2014 broadcast of the Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards – The Shulers, an anchor program of the ArtsBridge Foundation (the arts education arm of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre), which recognizes and celebrates excellence in high school musical theater. The 2-hour broadcast, presented by the Georgia Lottery, is scheduled to air in primetime on Saturday, August 16th beginning at 8pm. Jovita Moore and Fred Blankenship, anchors for Channel 2 Action News, host the SIXTH annual primetime program from the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The Shulers, named after Georgia’s Tony Award winning actor Shuler Hensley, honors individual students and high schools in 17 different categories including: Overall Production, Leading Actor & Actress. Shuler Hensley is back once again to perform with students while teaching many professional techniques learned throughout his career on Broadway.

Since Channel 2 first broadcast the awards five years ago, the nomination process has expanded from 16 high schools to 59 from all over Georgia. This year’s program also includes advice from Broadway stars including Sir Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan as they answer questions from Georgia students during the telecast.

“WSB-TV has been part of the Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards from the beginning. We are proud to celebrate excellence in Georgia high school musical theater with these very talented students,” said Tim McVay, Channel 2 Vice-President & General Manager.


WHEN: Saturday, August 16 at 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: WSB-TV – Channel 2

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CIS Of Atlanta Hosting Back To School Drive

ATLANTA—Communities In Schools of Atlanta will be hosting its third annual Walmart Back To School Drive for local students whose families struggle to afford them. The school supply barrel is inside the store, located near the front of the Walmart locations at 1801 Howell Mill Road, 4725 Ashford Dunwoody Road and 4975 Jimmy Carter Boulevard through August 15. Suggested items include, but are not limited to, packs of paper, glue sticks, boxes of crayons, packs of pencils and spiral-bound notebooks.

This event will be one of several Communities In Schools back to school supply drives taking place around the country to help low-income families ease their financial responsibilities as they prepare their children for the new school year.

School supplies cost more than ever, according to the latest "backpack index," recently released by Huntington Bank. The cost of equipping K-12 public school students for the 2014-2015 school year has jumped as much as 20 percent, says the Huntington study. And according to the National Retail Federation, total spending on back-to-school items is expected to reach $74.9 billion this year - up about 3 percent from $72.5 billion in 2013.

"Many of the underprivileged students we serve start the year without all of the essential school supplies," said Carol Lewis, President of Communities In Schools of Georgia. "Partnering with Walmart will undoubtedly help these students start the school year ready to learn."

According to the Huntington Backpack Index, parents can expect to pay:

- $642 for elementary school children, an 11 percent increase compared to 2013

- $918 for middle school children, a 20 percent jump compared to 2013

- $1,284 for high school students, a 5 percent increase compared to 2013

"It has become irrefutably clear that poor students lag well behind their more affluent counterparts, even when the educational basics appear to be the same," said Dan Cardinali, President of Communities In Schools National, the nation's leading dropout prevention organization. "We need to level the playing field and make sure that students get what they need to succeed, including school supplies, food, clothing, health and dental care, and other services such as counseling and academic assistance." Communities In Schools also offers the following tips to parents to offset the cost of school supplies:

- Reuse folders, backpacks and other items from previous school years

- Organize a swap with neighbors of new or gently used school supplies

- See if donations are available from your school or local community organizations

- Take advantage of your state's tax-free weekend to buy school supplies

- Shop around and compare prices on goods at different retailers

Every 26 seconds, a young person in America drops out of school, resulting in a staggering 1.2 million student dropouts each year. Individuals who do not finish high school earn nearly $1 million less over a lifetime than college graduates. Each year's dropouts will cost the nation billions in lost wages, taxes and productivity over their lifetimes. Much of this can be avoided through proven dropout prevention programs like CIS.

Communities In Schools (CIS) of Georgia is part of the nation's leading dropout prevention network. The mission of CIS is to surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Through a school-based site coordinator model, the Communities In Schools of Georgia network partners with school districts and community organizations to connect students and their families to critical resources, tailored to local needs. Last year, the network served 125,574 students in 227 school and community-based sites throughout the state, and the dropout rate was 14% lower than the state's rate for all students. Communities sponsoring CIS programs have seen an increase in their school graduation rates, a decrease in violence and disruptions, and an increase in attendance and academic achievement. For more information, visit

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Spelman College Exceeds Fundraising Goal

ATLANTA—Spelman College today announced that it has exceeded its comprehensive fundraising campaign goal, generating $157.8 million. This is the largest amount raised in the history of the institution. The campaign attracted support for scholarships, academic initiatives, and campus renewal. A record-breaking 12,000, representing 71% of alumnae, made a gift to the campaign.

“When we launched the campaign, we were focused on strengthening the institution’s healthy foundation through increased scholarship support for students, strategic investment in our faculty and academic programs, and capital improvements on our campus. It is very gratifying to have met all of these objectives while exceeding our campaign goal,” says President Beverly Daniel Tatum.

Over the course of the 10-year campaign, scholarship support for Spelman students has tripled, and opportunities for faculty research and development have expanded significantly. The Gordon-Zeto Center for International Education was created with a gift of $17 million, increasing opportunities for student and faculty travel, and providing financial aid for international students. Other highlights include the creation of a signature social justice fellows program, and funding to build a state-of-the-art wellness facility. “From campus expansion and significantly increased housing capacity to dramatic growth in annual alumnae support and a campus-wide focus on wellness, Dr. Tatum has provided exemplary leadership,” says Rosalind Brewer, Chair of the Spelman College Board of Trustees.

With the campaign now at an end, President Tatum has announced her intention to retire on June 30, 2015. “As the campaign closes and I prepare to enter a new decade in my life, it presents a natural time for transition. It is a great time to pass the baton to a new leader, and I am ready to return to my writing,” explains Dr. Tatum, a well-known author, who will turn age 60 this year.

Board Chair Brewer acknowledges this bittersweet moment. “Dr. Tatum has been a true visionary. She and the entire campus community have demonstrated tremendous leadership and stewardship of the institution over the last 12 years. The entire board truly appreciates the significant strides made under this administration. Now it is time not to rest on our laurels, but to build on these accomplishments. As we look ahead, we take pride in the history of strong leadership that has distinguished Spelman College, and we intend to continue that tradition moving forward. It’s an exciting time.”

Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer, Broadway Producer Alia Jones, Former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley, Harvard University Professor Evelynn Hammonds, Author Pearl Cleage and Actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit

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