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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Berkmar Middle's Griffith named Falcons' teacher of year

LILBURN -- The Atlanta Falcons have announced the 2011-12 First Down for Fitness teachers of the year. Among them: Berkmar Middle's Dana Griffith.

The winners were selected from 191 teachers in the Falcons First Down for Fitness program for their commitment and dedication to finding unique ways to ensure their students engage in physical activity for 60 minutes, five days a week, and maintain healthy eating habits.

Each winner will receive a $1,000 fitness equipment grant and work with Good Sports to select their items.

"Ensuring that kids get physical activity every day is crucial to their healthy physical and emotional development. Good Sports is proud to partner with the Atlanta Falcons to equip these amazing teachers with the gear they need to make that possible," said Melissa Harper, Good Sports CEO.

The Falcons First Down for Fitness Program, in its sixth year, is a three-month program designed to challenge third- through seventh-grade students in the state of Georgia to participate in fitness activities, eat healthy and lead a healthy lifestyle.

For more information, visit www.atlantafalcons.comDacula High School student wins scholarshipDACULA -- Jackson EMC recently awarded Cory Zeller, a Dacula High School senior, a 2012 A.T. Sharpton Scholarship. Zeller was one of five recipients selected from nearly 300 applicants.

The son of Earnest and Janeen Zeller Jr. of Lawrenceville, the young man participated in the student council, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and served as senior class president.

Zeller plans to attend Mercer University and major in political science.

For more information, visit www.jacksonemc.com/scholarships.

Frank Reddy writes about education. Good News from Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Daily Post.

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