Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
Summer vacation is over for some 16,000 kids in Dougherty County, and it seems more of them showed up for the first day of school than usual.
In the past, as much as 25-percent of the student population trickled in, some as late as after Labor Day.
The superintendent enlisted the help of more than 200 churches to encourage parents to get their children to school on day one.
Sunday it was standing room only at Sherwood's open house and Monday students turned out in force. It may take a day or two to sort out the numbers and get everyone counted, but the classrooms here were full like never before.
It's only the first day, but what school officials saw today is adding up to the start of a good school year. At Sherwood Elementary, whether it was third grade or first the classrooms had more students at their desks than previous first days.
"We definitely have more students, we have more students in the school in general and yes we are certainly seeing more students on the first day," said Connie Gaskins, Sherwood Acres First Grade Teacher.
Teachers wasted little time getting into the material.
"They're so receptive to it, they're so excited about it, this is what they want to do," said Gaskins.
Of course there were the regular hiccups, high school students who picked up their schedules over the last two weeks were ready to start today, but the schools still struggled with typical transient problems.
"The school I was in they were calling out names in groups of six to come to the office to pick up their schedule. These were people who let us know this morning, they showed up, they weren't in that zone last year and they're enrolling in that high school," said R.D. Harter, DCSS Public Information Director.
Each principal was busy setting goals for the year, what they expect to achieve in the classroom. At Sherwood Acres, they're striving for 90/90/90.
"Our goal is to have 90 percent of the children pass the CRCT in Reading and Language, 90 percent pass in Science and Social Studies and 90 percent of the children pass in Math that is our school goal," said Eddie Johnson, Sherwood Acres Principal.
With expectations high, students seem prepared to rise to the challenge. Teachers say more students starting on the first day will mean less reviewing and an opportunity to cover more material.
R.D. Harter told us the Superintendent's focus this year will be the disparity for young male students success. He says it's an education emergency for those students and will be focused on closing the education gap for young boys.
Teachers and principals are stressing to students the importance of being in class everyday. Dr. Murfree encourages you to turn in students who should be in school but are not.