Education Briefs

ED-SchoolBriefs Hadassah

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Hadassah Preschool Program Begins Aug. 30

Hadassah invites children ages 3 to 5 and their parents to participate in the opening session of its Training Wheels/Al Galgalim Jewish family education program at no charge.

The Rosh Hashanah-themed program Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to noon is the first of nine Sunday morning sessions scheduled around Jewish holidays throughout the school year. Trained Hadassah volunteers lead the sessions.

Activities include songs, stories, crafts, games and holiday foods so that parents and preschoolers can share the pleasures of celebrating Shabbat, Sukkot, Chanukah, Tu B’Shevat, Purim, Passover Yom HaAtzmaut and Shavuot in addition to Rosh Hashanah.

After the first session, the program carries a fee.

Reservations are required for the Aug. 30 session. Visit www.hadassah.org/atlanta, or contact the Greater Atlanta Hadassah office at 678-443-2961 or atlanta@hadassah.org.

YEA! Seeks Atlanta Start

Riley Benner, 16, of Rochester, N.Y., employs refugees to hand-sew reversible, high-end, silk ties for his business, Phoenix Haberdashery. Rachel Zietz, 15, of Boca Raton, Fla., the CEO of Gladiator Lacrosse, is on track to make her first million this year. Brandon Boynton, 18, of Pendleton, Ind., is saving hundreds of students nationwide from bullying with his app, The Bully Box, an anonymous reporting tool for school districts.

All of them are alumni of the nonprofit Young Entrepreneurs Academy. YEA! transforms middle and high school students into entrepreneurs through a 30-week, hands-on program. YEA! teaches students how to generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors and launch real companies.

The program is offered in more than 100 communities as either an after-school enrichment program that meets weekly between November and May or as an in-school elective.

“We are very interested in bringing the program to Atlanta because it is already a hub of innovation and economic growth,” said Gayle Jagel, the founder and CEO of YEA! “This type of rich community has proven successful in other areas as an ideal place to teach young people to embrace their passions, live their dreams, and, ultimately, even change the world.”

Startup funds are available from Sam’s Club through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for communities interested in launching YEA! Applications are being accepted at www.uschamberfoundation.org/yea through Aug. 31.

Ben Franklin Co-Founder Dies

ED-SchoolBriefs Wood Smethurst

Wood Smethurst

Wood Smethurst, a co-founder of Ben Franklin Academy in 1987, died July 14, just weeks after retiring as the school’s headmaster and being named headmaster emeritus.

Martha Burdette, the other co-founder and the dean of studies, was named head of school when Smethurst retired. Smethurst had prepared the academy’s administrative team and teachers to move the college preparatory high school forward when he was no longer there.

Smethurst saw mastery learning with individualized instruction as the way to teach many high school students. He helped establish Holy Innocents’, Galloway and Paideia schools.

Before he died, Smethurst was awarded the Jane and Dameron Black III Service Award for his service to the school, which grew from 12 to 134 students under his leadership.

C2 Tutoring Essay Contest

The new C2 Education center in Dunwoody is celebrating its opening with a contest to win 30 hours of tutoring services.

The center will name two winners in each of three age groups: first to fifth grade; sixth to eighth grade; and ninth to 12th grade.

An elementary school student entering the contest should draw a picture of his or her hero and explain what that person is the hero.

Students entering the middle school level should write an essay of at least 150 words on one of these two topics:

  • Why and how is education important to you?
  • Think back to a favorite class or educator (teacher/coach/director/principal). How did this person make a positive impact in your life?

High-schoolers should write at least 200 words on one of these two topics:

  • Why and how is education important to you?
  • Sometimes people do things over and over again before they are successful. Write about how you succeeded because you kept trying.

Entries are due Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. and may be submitted by email to dunwoody@c2educate.com or delivered to the center at 1400 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Suite 1402B, Dunwoody.

All participants will receive a free diagnostic test and follow-up consultation. Winners will be notified by the center director, Hanh Giang, and will be presented the scholarships at the store’s grand opening Sept. 9.

Ballet Registration Open

The Bush Centre for Ballet in Sandy Springs is offering 50 percent off the registration fee for students ages 3 to adult who sign up before the center holds its annual open house Saturday, Aug. 15.

Classes in classical ballet, lyrical, modern, pointe and pre-pointe will begin the following week.
Pre-registration may be done online at www.bushballetcentre.com. Completed forms with a check deposit of $50 should be sent to center at 6215 Blackwater Trail NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. For more information, call 404-256-5542, or email director@bushballetcentre.com.

Scholarships are available for those in financial need.

The Bush Centre’s annual performance has taken place at the Marcus Jewish Community Center the past nine years.