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Georgia Lottery transfers over $1.1B to education

ATLANTA – The Georgia Lottery Corp.’s annual fiscal year 2017 profit transfer to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account has totaled $1,101,062,911, the largest on record, officials announced today. This is the first time the Georgia Lottery has transferred over $1.1 billion in a single fiscal year.

The record transfer surpasses last year’s record that was boosted by a world-record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot.

“We’re proud of this achievement, especially since we had the support of a massive jackpot the previous fiscal year,” said Debbie D. Alford, president and CEO of the Georgia Lottery. “One of our core values here at the Georgia Lottery is ‘One Team, One Effort.’ This truly was a team collaboration. We are grateful to our employees, players, retailers, business partners and board of directors.”

Georgia Lottery players won $2.74 billion in prizes in FY17, and retailers earned over $268 million in commissions.

Fiscal year 2017 spanned from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017.

The total raised for educational programs in the state of Georgia is more than $18.7 billion since the lottery’s inception in 1993.

The $1.1 billion transfer is the largest educational transfer in the lottery’s 24-year history.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $18.7 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.4 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

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Cherokee Retired Educators Support Reinhardt University Students

WALESKA, GA  Cherokee County School District students who plan to be teachers and attend Reinhardt University will be the recipients of a scholarship thanks to those who have devoted their lives to education.

From left, Rebecca Amerson, CREA Membership Chairperson; Betty Smith, CREA Secretary; Karen Hawley, CREA President; Reinhardt University President Dr. Kina S. Mallard; and Jean Cantrell, CREA Treasurer. Photo by Jeff Reed.

The Cherokee Retired Educators Association (CREA) made a generous donation of $3,000 June 23 to Reinhardt University President Dr. Kina Mallard to be awarded to a CCSD graduate who attends Reinhardt University’s Price School of Education.

“The Georgia Retired Educators Association and the Cherokee Retired Educators Association’s motto is fellowship, support and service. Part of our service and support is to give back to our community by volunteering and funding various organizations,” said Karen Hawley, CREA President. “We give to Reinhardt because we consider it our very own University and are honored that it is part of the Cherokee community.  We select the Price School of Education due to wanting to further our profession for the future.”

Hawley is a retired teacher who also served as principal of Liberty Elementary School and Freedom Elementary School in Canton. She teaches a class on ethics for teachers at Reinhardt.

For the past 14 years, the retired educators association has provided scholarships to students attending Reinhardt University. The first donation when the scholarship was created was $500, and it has steadily increased over the years. Funding for the scholarship is provided by CREA members and CREA sponsor Ned Castleberry.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be admitted to the Price School of Education, maintain a GPA of 3.75 and be a Cherokee County resident. Faculty votes on the recipients in August, and the awarded students attend the CREA meeting in December to be introduced and give thanks.

Presidential Inaugural Poet to Open Etowah Valley MFA Summer Readings at Reinhardt University

WALESKA, GA (June 30, 2017) – Celebrated presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco will open the 2017 Etowah Valley Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Summer Readings next week.

Poet  Richard Blanco

The readings are free and open to the public.

A reception to open the series will be held at the Falany Performing Arts Center July 6 at 7:30 p.m. Blanco will take the stage in Flint Hall at Falany Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. The series will continue through July 15 as part of the second year of Reinhardt University’s Etowah Valley MFA in Creative Writing.  Readings will take place in different locations on Reinhardt’s campus, unless otherwise noted.

“Each night we have a treasure trove of poets, fiction writers, screenwriters, dramatists, and non-fiction writers ready to interact with the community, to share stories and experiences. There is something for anyone who likes to hear a good story or ever thought about learning to write a poem or movie script,” said Bill Walsh, director of Reinhardt’s Etowah Valley MFA in Creative Writing. “What is happening at the Etowah Valley MFA Program is a remarkable achievement that brings to our community some of the finest writers in the country. These writers are gathering at Reinhardt University so that the general public can hear them read from their books, meet them, listen to them talk intimately about their life and struggles, victories, as well as to reassure artists and others that what each of us is doing has value.”

The July 6-15 events will include Christopher Dickey, son of James Dickey, who will participate in readings and speak about his father. Stephane Dunn also will participate. Her comments and writings have appeared in national media, including NPR, The Atlantic and Dunn is director of the Morehouse College Cinema, Television and Emerging Media Studies Program.

Other notable authors include Earl Braggs, George Singleton, Leon Stokesbury, John Holman, Anne Corbitt, Dr. Pearl McHaney, Dr. Tom McHaney, David Bottoms and Ellen Malphrus.

All summer readings are free and open to the public and will be held at 7:30 p.m.

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