Lovett holds Relay for Life

Lovett Middle School students recently participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, an event the organization describes as “part block party, part arts festival, part carnival, and part barbecue.” The group of participants included 253 cancer survivors.

Seventh-grade teachers Kate Pawlicki and Anna Sterne worked together to organize the event, in which 31 eight-graders, 18 seventh-graders and more than 75 teams participated. At least one member of each team had to be walking around the school’s track at all times for 12 hours of the night — starting at 7 p.m. and lasting until the next morning. Live music, performances, food and activities kept participants busy, awake and enjoying themselves.

“It was easy to get people involved. The students’ and their families’ responses were amazing,” Sterne said in a release. “It also helped the students for them to have an avenue to channel their compassion. This really gave them an opportunity to give back.”

“Team Trek,” a team of rising ninth-graders, raised more than $21,000, and a group of rising eighth-grade girls put together their own team, “Riverbank Cure,” to raise an additional $6,000.

Atlanta public school scores are up

Atlanta Public Schools students posted academic gains for the eighth consecutive year on the Georgia Department of Education’s Criterion Referenced Competency Tests (CRCTs), a preliminary review of results shows.

According to the scores, 90 percent of second-graders scored proficiency in reading, 90 percent of fifth-graders scored proficiency in English and language arts, and 85 percent of first-graders scored proficiency in math.

“I especially want to thank our students for their hard work, and parents, teachers and administrators for their commitment to excellence,” Superintendent Beverly Hall said.

Immigrants hear college president

Oglethorpe University President Lawrence M. Schall spoke at a naturalization ceremony June 13 at the United States District Court in Atlanta. Between four and seven naturalization ceremonies are conducted each year and are presided over by a federal judge.

“Each of us is responsible for the actions of our times. And therein, I believe, lies the heart of citizenship. We are collectively and individually responsible to confront issues, to speak out, and to act. When we come to rely on others to solve our problems, we give up our responsibilities of citizenship,” Schall said in his speech. “I urge you to be an active not passive citizen, to lend us your voice … to vote.”

Westminster theater in Nebraska

Students from International Thespian Troupe 3327 of The Westminster School recently went to University of Nebraska at Lincoln to perform Athol Fugard’s “Master Harold and the Boys” June 25. The production was directed by Eric Brannen. The International Thespian Festival features workshops presented by theater professionals, individual and group performances and opportunities to audition and interview for college admission and scholarships.

“This past year, 43 shows were screened to fill only 15 available main stage slots,” festival director Nancy Brown said. “The production was one of the best high school productions previewed.”