Education

Gilbert Elementary School recently honored its school bus drivers, saying “they deliver the most precious cargo to and from school each day.” Bus drivers are indeed among the unsung heroes across Walker County. / Contributed

In the year 2000, says Catoosa Citizens for Literacy (CCL) Executive Director Shirley Smith, census records showed that Catoosa County had a whopping 36% illiteracy rate. The shock of that number gave birth to CCL, started through the Catoosa Chamber of Commerce and now an independent 501(c)(3).

One of the top representatives of Georgia’s next workforce is a student of Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) construction management programs. The online educational offering is the only one of its kind in the state.

Students and staff at Gilbert Elementary School were thrilled to receive a special visit from Mayor Andy Arnold! Mayor Arnold shared with students the character traits of a good leader, such as honesty, perseverance, and integrity. He also addressed social studies curriculum standards by spe…

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, students and parents filled the gym of Ringgold Elementary to enjoy some family time, while creating, building, design-ing, and experimenting.

The 2018 LHS Homecoming Parade will be held Thursday, Oct. 4. The route will begin and end at the old High School. There will be a Community Pep Rally immediately following the parade at Joe Stock Park. There will also be a Community Bonfire held at the Ross Abney Complex at 8:00 p.m.

Walker County high schools graduation rates are well above the state graduation rate, according to a report released Thursday, Sept. 20, by the Georgia Department of Education.

The LaFayette Middle School FFA chapter won the title, Chapter of the Year, for the second year in a row at their recent region rally. They also won an award for having the most gold emblems. Gold emblems are given at each competition for the students who score the best. They also won an awa…

The typical 8-year-old boy, if he came into possession of $90, would head straight for the toy store. But that’s not what Robert Shields did.

The Catoosa County school board will be approving the system’s 2019 budget on Aug. 20. Expenses are up this year and the system is looking at a shortfall of $2,501,019, though that number will probably be lower, says Director of Finance Blake Stansell, because the board overestimates for som…

In March, Georgia House Resolution 1792 officially congratulated students who won the state’s annual Civil War Commission art and essay contest. There were 150 submissions to the contest that asked students to depict Civil War headstones, cemeteries or monuments dedicated to soldiers who fou…

NHC Healthcare of Fort Oglethorpe recently responded generously when approached by Catoosa County Schools for a donation to help purchase medical supplies for their Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) programs.

Athletes, families, friends, teachers and volunteers swarmed all over the two gymnasiums at Ringgold High School on May 17 as students competed in the annual Catoosa County Schools Special Olympics Track and Field Events.

On May 10 the Catoosa County Public School Partnership Program hosted a luncheon at the Colonnade in Ringgold to honor businesses that have partnered with area schools by helping with funds, supplies, volunteers, mentors and events.

The symbiotic relationship between Walker County's public schools and the local community college will grow stronger during the new school year when the two partner for a new program, Launch Academy, offering dual enrollment to 50 students.

You would have to move at the speed of a New Yorker to do what Heritage Middle School teacher Amy Carter, 55 students and 43 parents and grandparents did recently. And that’s what happened.

Students at Rossville Middle School had some special visitors as part of their annual book fair. The school’s book fair this year, "Paws for Reading," had an animal theme to it, and media specialist Julie Jackson, who recently adopted a shelter dog, thought it would be great to invite some l…

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