Youth & Schools


Troop 1210 ready to beat 2014 sales as Girl Scout Cookies return

Girl Scout Cookie lovers can find their favorites and two new flavors at sales booths popping up around South DeKalb this month.

Sporty Girls clothing drive, fashion show benefit homeless girls

Sporty Girls athletes are accepting donations of new and gently used athletic clothing at NTRC Tax Service in Lithonia for their first community service project to benefit homeless girls.

Middle schoolers face off for STEM Wars at Arabia Mountain High

Ten middle school teams will face off in the inaugural STEM Wars Competition & Showcase on Feb. 28 at Arabia Mountain High in Lithonia.

Fairington Elementary gets gifts from DOE employees

Students and faculty members at fire-damaged Fairington Elementary received donations of school supplies from state School Superintendent Richard Woods and Department of Education workers on Feb. 20.

Funeral set for SWD grad who died in Oregon

A funeral will be held Feb. 28 in Decatur for Lauren Jones, a 2014 Southwest DeKalb High School graduate who died of meningococcemia on Feb 17 at the University of Oregon.

State takes control of failing schools under Deal proposal

Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to create an Opportunity School District that allows the state to take control of chronically failing schools faces mounting opposition, including from the state Senate’s top Democrats.

Druid Hills charter cluster group dissolving

Druid Hills Charter Cluster Inc. is disbanding after a meeting with DeKalb School Superintendent Michael Thurmond and the director of the District Charter Office.

Greenforest McCalep names new headmaster

Dr. Millicent Black has been named the new headmaster of Greenforest McCalep Christian Academic Center in Decatur.

2014 SWD grad dies unexpectedly at University of Oregon

Lauren Jones, who graduated from Southwest DeKalb in 2014 and was a freshman at the University of Oregon, has died.

Male mentoring conference for teens

Male eighth- to 12th-grade students, non-custodial parents and single mothers can attend a free two-day conference, “Cultivating Future Fathers,” on Feb. 20-21 at Omega Psi Phi’s international headquarters in Decatur.

Original Freedom Riders to visit high schools in Lithonia

Original Freedom Riders Hank Thomas and Charles Person will visit Martin Luther King Jr. High and Arabia Mountain High on Feb. 17 in celebration of Black History Month.

50 men to read at Browns Mill

More than 50 African-American men will read to 170 third- and fifth-grade boys at Browns Mill Elementary’s first R.E.A.L. Men Read on Feb. 20.

South DeKalb’s City of Greenhaven is feasible

The crowd at the 10th Annual CrossRoadsNews Health and Wellness Expo on Jan. 31 rose to their feet to take the Pledge for Healthy Relationships with DeKalb-Solicitor-General Sherry Boston who prosecutes misdemeanor cases in DeKalb State Court.

Community delivers aid to fire damaged Fairington Elementary

Donors arrived with boxes of of crayons, pencils, loose leaf paper, binders and more at Fairington Elementary School in Lithonia on Jan. 30.

Fairington students to return Jan. 26 after arson fire

The students and faculty of Fairington Elementary school will return to their building Monday morning Jan. 26 after being displaced for four days by a suspected arson fire that destroyed a kindergarten classroom and spread smoke and soot throughout the ...