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      Rise and shine for excellence

      Coming together as one. That was the message behind the Partners in Excellence Rise N Shine Breakfast hosted by the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce.On Wednesday, officials with the Chamber says they want businesses around the area know that in order to be a great and progressive city, all businesses have to work together as one.Another big part of the breakfast was the partnership between the Chamber of Commerce and the Dougherty County School System. Officials with the Chamber says everything starts with the public educations system and if our public education system is successful then our business community will be successful.They say the business community has a duty to support public education system that includes administration, teachers, and students.Albany Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Chris Hardy says,"these kids that are being educated now is our future workforce, and we should do what we can to ensure a bright future."Dr. David Mosely was the keynote speaker for the breakfast and thanked the community for their support for the school system through their tough times.The Education Committee of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce gave the Dougherty County School System $4,000 to use for four Fine Arts Scholarships. The scholarships will be broken into four individual scholarships worth $1,000 each.The scholarships will be awarded to two high school seniors this school year and two next school year. Students eligible for the scholarships have to be aiming to get a Fine Arts degree from their future college or university.The next Rise N Shine breakfast will be help on November 14th, which will be Legislative affairs breakfast held at Mary acres Inn beginning at 7:30 a.m.

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