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Video: Education Nation: Little River Elementary

Students at Indian Knoll were grateful for the gift.

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- 11Alive and the NBC Education Nation Bus continued their weeklong series of surprises for local schools on Tuesday.

We asked you to vote for your favorite schools around metro Atlanta. Each day we're giving $1,000 to a school.

Little River Elementary in Woodstock was the first stop on Monday.

Indian Knoll Elementary in Canton was second on Tuesday.

Join 11Alive News Today each morning this week to see who's next.

COMPLETE COVERAGE | Education Nation

In an effort to continue the national conversation sparked with its "Education Nation" initiative, NBC News is continuing "Education Nation On-The-Road" for the spring of 2012. Making its second stop in Atlanta beginning May 4th, the NBC News team will spend a week in the city, partnering with its affiliate station, 11Alive, and its sister network Telemundo, to create a public dialogue around education issues faced by the region. During the week, NBC News and its partners will air education-focused programming and host a series of special events that bring Atlanta-area educators, elected officials, business leaders, parents and students together to share information, exchange ideas and inspire change. All events will be hosted at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

"I look forward to welcoming 'Education Nation' to Atlanta. Providing a more rigorous and relevant education for our students is a goal many share, and I look forward to having the opportunity to share the innovative work we're doing to improve student achievement in Georgia," said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.

"The recent economic downturn and the emergence of new international competitors in the global marketplace show that we have to invest more in our citizens than ever before," said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. "That's why we need to prepare our children more wisely through our schools, job training and after-school programs. In Atlanta, we welcome and embrace any and all opportunities to explore ways to equip our children with the tools they need to face an uncertain future and ensure the strength of our nation."

To kick off "Education Nation Atlanta," on Friday, May 4th at 9:15am/et, Mayor Reed, Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll B. Davis, Jr. and Georgia State School Superintendent John Barge will join Atlanta-area students and the NBC News and 11Alive teams at the official Opening Ceremony. 11Alive anchors Ted Hall and Karyn Greer will lead the event, portions of which will be covered by 11Alive.

On Sunday, May 6, from 12:00-2:00pm/et, NBC News Chief Education Correspondent Rehema Ellis and 11Alive's Brenda Wood and Donna Lowry will lead a live Teacher Town Hall forum from the Georgia Aquarium that brings together local teachers of all levels for a frank and open discussion about what works in the classroom and how to address the top challenges facing the region's education system. Teachers will be invited to participate in-person or via webcast with the ability to provide comments and feedback through EducationNation.com and social media platforms. The full Teacher Town Hall will be broadcast live on 11Alive and streamed live on EducationNation.com.

On Monday, May 7, from 12:00-1:00pm/et, Atlanta-area leading business and civic leaders will gather at the Georgia Aquarium for Job One: Preparing America to Compete in the 21st Century, a moderated panel discussion led by NBC News' David Gregory. Panelists and guests, including Governor Deal and Mayor Reed, will share ideas and recommendations for ensuring the region's students and workforce have a competitive edge in our global economy. Portions of the "Job One" event will be broadcast live on 11Alive and the entire program will be streamed live on EducationNation.com.

NBC News and 11Alive will celebrate "Education Nation's" stop in Atlanta by teaming up with the Atlanta Braves, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and the Georgia Aquarium to unlock unique learning opportunities for families, students and other visitors. Meet the experts behind the region's top museums and businesses and get one-of-a-kind peeks at the exhibits and innovations that make them great. These limited-access, backstage events will provide unique ways for the public to experience education in Atlanta. For details on these special opportunities, go to EducationNation.com.

In addition to these events, from May 7-11th, the "Education Nation Express" bus will travel throughout the region as 11Alive reporters highlight examples of education innovation in action.

"The goal of 'Education Nation On-The-Road' is to ignite the Atlanta community around local and national education issues and bring solutions to the spotlight. We are very excited to partner with the 11Alive team to create an education forum in this great city at the Georgia Aquarium," said Soraya Gage, General Manager of "Education Nation" at NBC News.

John Deushane, President and General Manager of WXIA/WATL-TV adds, "11Alive is honored to partner with NBC News to shine a light on education innovation. Celebrating successful learning initiatives helps to instill hope for our future and our community." 

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