Coweta Education Notes

Odyssey seeking Touch A Truck participants

by Staff Reports

Odyssey Charter School PTO is looking for businesses or individuals to participate in its June 15 Touch A Truck event.

Touch a Truck will be held at Ashley Park from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., allowing children of all ages to see and touch their favorite vehicles and talk to the people who drive them.

“We’ve already booked the police/fire/emergency vehicles, some race cars, construction trucks and a host of other interesting vehicles,” said Jennifer Petrino, the event’s chair. “Now we’d like to find a luxury motor home, trucks from the local utility companies, a car carrier or an 18-wheeler. And if anyone has a tank, bring it on!” 

For more information, contact Petrino at 678-423-0178 or .


• Georgia STEM Day set for May 3

On May 3, Georgia will hold STEM Day as an opportunity for schools, students, teachers, and companies to raise awareness, celebrate and engage in activities involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

“Our goal is to raise awareness about STEM education and the opportunities for students in exciting STEM related careers,” said Michael Robertson, executive director of TAG-Ed, one of the event’s partners. “It’s estimated that by 2018, Georgia will have approximately 211,000 STEM oriented jobs to fill, so it is crucial that our future workforce be prepared with the necessary STEM skill set.”

For more information or to register a class or organization for Georgia STEM Day, visit TAG-Ed’s website: or track on Twitter, #GASTEMDay .


• UWG’s Marabotto, Robinson named Innovators of the Year

UWG’s Matias Marabotto and Dr. Debra Robinson are staying at the forefront of innovations for online learning in higher education as the pair recently won the 2013 USG Collaborate Innovators of the Year Award for creating UWG’s Online Learning iApollo Program.

Aiming to facilitate a faculty learning community who works together to assist their peers through both informal and formal means, Marabotto and Robinson created the iApollo Learning Program in an effort to achieve educational excellence in distance education.

The program was able to achieve these goals by promoting faculty discussions about online teaching, creating a community of online faculty who share experiences with one another at UWG and conducting a live town hall meeting once a month.

UWG math instructor Jim Bellon took third in the competition for his implementation of the online math tutoring to assist students in science courses.

Online math tutoring was offered 32 hours per week, and within a two-month time span, more than 70 students attended at least one of the online tutoring sessions.

Moving forward, Bellon says he is hoping to have “several different break-out classes that will assist with the recent growth” they experienced in such a short time.

For more information about UWG online programs, call 855-933-8946.


• Barron to be honored at UWG’s ‘Evening with Stars’

Dr. Laurie Barron, principal of Smokey Road Middle School in Newnan and current National Middle-Level Principal of the Year, is among a dozen accomplished graduates from the University of West Georgia who will be honored at “An Evening with the Stars” Saturday, April 20 at the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts.

Other honorees will include Ronnie Burchfield, John Harris, Anne Medlin, Dr. Keith Hebert, Jimmy Akin, David Lang, Dr. David Hovey, Dr. J. Mark Miller, Linda Picklesimer, Casey C. Nichols and W. Anthony Moye.

Reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 7 p.m. To register or purchase tickets, visit .

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