published Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Just Briefly ... Battle named School of Excellence

Battle Academy for Teaching and Learning is located at 1601 Market St. in Chattanooga.
Battle Academy for Teaching and Learning is located at 1601 Market St. in Chattanooga.
Photo by Tim Barber /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Battle named School of Excellence

The Battle Academy for Teaching and Learning has been named a 2013 Magnet School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America, according to a news release.

"Magnet schools throughout the country are being awarded for their excellence in demonstrating student achievement, innovative and engaging instruction and curriculum, community engagement, professional development, and a commitment to diversity," Scott Thomas, executive director of Magnet Schools of America, said in the news release.

"This is a competitive process that awards only a small fraction of the magnet schools nationally. Schools that win our Merit Awards represent the best in education, innovation, equity and opportunity for all students in our nation."

Battle Academy Principal Saunya V. Goss will receive the award in May at the 31st National Conference on Magnet Schools in Tulsa, Okla., according to the release.

Red Cross hero nominations due

Nominations are due Monday for the American Red Cross' sixth annual Hometown Heroes awards, the agency said in a news release.

The Red Cross will select five local heroes from nominations submitted by the community. Categories include Good Samaritan -- youth 18 and under; Good Samaritan -- 19 and older; Red Cross Volunteer -- Hospital; Red Cross Volunteer -- Disaster and First Responder.

Nominate a hero by visiting Or pick up nomination forms at the American Red Cross, 801 McCallie Ave. Forms can be mailed or faxed to 423-265-8952.

The Hometown Heroes luncheon will be held March 14 at The Chattanoogan from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Keith Alvey, a 17-year Red Cross veteran from Kentucky, who was recent director for Hurricane Sandy Relief in New York and numerous other major disaster relief operations. Volkswagen, Erlanger, BlueCross BlueShield and the Chattanooga Times Free Press are the event sponsors.

For information about table sponsorships or ticket information, contact Sandra.Kilgore@red or call 423-265-3455.

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