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Students encouraged to read this summer

Students encouraged to read this summer

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has created a 2014 Summer Reading Challenge for students in all grades.

The program was announced Thursday at Timber Ridge Elementary School in Cobb County. Its goal is to close the achievement gap that widens during the summer months, when children often don't read.

"No student should have to start the school year having fallen behind," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. "That's what we know, and that's what we're committed to preventing, because that loss is preventable."

The challenge encourages students to read for at least 15 to 30 minutes every day. The GDOE outlined suggested summer goals for children based on their school years:

* K-2: 10 books
* 3-5: 8 chapter books
* 6-12: 5 fiction books and 5 nonfiction books

'Don't go east, don't go west': Weekend construction alert

'Don't go east, don't go west': Weekend construction alert

(WXIA) -- "Avoid I-20 if you can." That warning, from Georgia Department of Transportation district construction engineer Shun Pringle, applies to Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

Several road projects and lane closures will be in place along the east-west highway.

"We don't like to close lanes, but the work has to get done, and we have to take advantage of the good-weather weekends," Pringle said in a release.

Scheduled I-20 projects include:

* Two left eastbound lanes will be closed between Highway 138 (Rockdale) and Alcovy Road (Newton) from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

* Two right westbound lanes will be closed between Bill Arp and Liberty roads (Douglas) from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

* Two right eastbound lanes will be closed between Liberty and Bill Arp roads (Douglas) from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

Atlanta Public Schools high school graduations

Atlanta Public Schools high school graduations

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools has released the list of graduation dates and times for its high schools.

All ceremonies are held at the Atlanta Civic Center, which is located at 395 Piedmont Avenue NE.

Friday, May 23
* 4 p.m. -- Crim Open Campus HS
* 6 p.m. -- Coretta Scott King HS/B.E.S.T. Academy
* 8 p.m. -- Douglass HS

Saturday, May 24
* 9 a.m. -- Grady HS
* 12 p.m. -- Washington HS
* 3 p.m. -- Carver HS
* 6 p.m. -- Mays HS

Sunday, May 25
* 9 a.m. -- North Atlanta HS
* 12 p.m. -- Maynard Jackson HS
* 3 p.m. -- Therrell HS
* 5:30 p.m. -- South Atlanta HS

67% support Georgia State plan to build at Turner Field


In a scientific poll commissioned by 11Alive News and conducted by SurveyUSA, 67% of people support plans for Georgia State University to build at the Turner Field site after the Braves move to Cobb County.

The question posed was: 'Georgia State University wants to buy Turner Field after the Braves leave, using a public-private partnership to build a 30,000 seat football stadium, a college baseball stadium, dormitories, classrooms, and retail stores. Do you support? Or do you oppose this plan?

The SurveyUSA results show 67% of adults polled support the plan, 19% oppose it, 14% are not sure.

Senior University 2014 features documentary honoring Tuskegee Airmen

Senior University 2014 features documentary honoring Tuskegee Airmen

ATLANTA _- Fulton County seniors were treated to a presentation of the historical documentary video of “Double Victory: The Tuskegee Airmen at War” on Thursday, May 08, 2014, at the Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility. The documentary tells the actual story of the segregation and racial prejudices endured by the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.  

Seniors line dance during Community Day at the Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility

Seniors line dance during Community Day at the Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility

Fulton County seniors practiced their line dancing skills during the first Fulton County Senior Multipurpose Facility Community Day celebration.  Community day is an annual event that is held in May of each year at the county’s four senior multipurpose facilities in observance of Older Americans Month. The HJC Bowden Senior Multipurpose facility also offered a tai chi demonstration, face painting for children, a basketball hoop for boys and girls to practice shooting hoops, mini-train rides for families, food and other entertainment.  Additional Community Days for seniors, their friends and families will be held at the following senior multipurpose facilities:

Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility
Saturday, May 10, 2014. 
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
677 Fairburn Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30331
4040-613-8580

I-20 construction continues through the weekend

I-20 construction continues through the weekend

(WXIA) -- The Interstate 20 delays that plagued metro Atlanta commuters last weekend will return.

Georgia Department of Transportation district construction engineer Shun Pringle said backups are expected in Douglas, Newton and Rockdale counties as crews work to complete some major road projects.

"Please do what you can to avoid these project areas. Plan ahead, look for alternate routes or call 511," Pringle said in a release. "We want everyone to enjoy the weekend, and I'm sure that doesn't include sitting in traffic backups."

Several events may also cause delays on Atlanta's roads. From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, State Route 9 near Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza will be closed for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Pringle said traffic in the area will be detoured.