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12/11/2017

Toys, toys and more toys sat piled upon tables Wednesday morning at North Gwinnett High School’s Multipurpose room. Droves of children from Riverside, Level Creek, Roberts and Suwanee elementary schools packed the high school to sort gift donations they had been collecting for the past three weeks.

The event was North Gwinnett’s annual Toys For Tots collection. Some schools work independently; in Suwanee, the entire North Gwinnett cluster works together with one goal in mind: giving back to the community.

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12/11/2017

Twenty-two elementary school robotics teams arrived at Lanier High School on Dec. 2 with one goal in mind — create the best Lego robot possible.

For Lanier High School teacher Mike Reilly and the Longhorn robotic team it was a chance to not only teach future members of the team, but to also serve as judges for First Lego League.

The First Lego League is a way to introduce young people from fourth grade to eighth grade to science and technology. The league has multiple regional events across the state of Georgia, with high placing teams advancing to a super regional event, before the state championships and national championship.

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12/07/2017

Bright Ideas is a grant program from Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) directed at funding creative, innovative classroom projects developed by middle school teachers. This grant program provides funds to state certified educators in a public middle school in Jackson EMC’s service area.

Educators can earn up to $2,000 for classroom projects that would go unfunded otherwise. “We know budgets can hinder classroom projects and that educators dip into their own pockets to help pay for their creative lesson plans,” said Chip Jakins, Jackson EMC president & CEO. “This program will energize the level of teaching, learning and overall educational experience.”  

Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year have closed. Judges have reviewed the applications and grants were awarded in October and November 2017.

https://www.jacksonemc.com/community/youth-education/bright-ideas

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12/05/2017

Peach State Federal Credit Union is currently accepting applications for its 2018 scholarship program. The credit union will award more than $158,000 in scholarships and educational grants to seniors in high school and professionals seeking career advancement. The program was established to honor Peach State’s founders, past and present board members and employees, as well as the lifetime achievements of several notable school system and community leaders.

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11/30/2017

The Gwinnett County Board of Education recently expressed its appreciation to Gwinnett Medical Center for its support of and contributions to Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS). For many years, the two organizations have had a mutually supportive relationship, which has resulted in a commitment to specific goals and activities that have benefited students and improved the school experience, according to GCPS.

That partnership provides a number of benefits, including sports medicine care at the high school level. Gwinnett Medical Center’s 78 certified athletic trainers, along with their leading team of sports medicine physicians, care for more than 42,000 student-athletes across the region.

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11/28/2017

A person’s teenage years are generally characterized by extreme highs and lows, and there are teens that experience more than their share of turbulence, often due to factors beyond their control.

And the measure of any person – young or old – is characterized by the well-worn saying of “it’s not how many times you fall down; it’s how many times you get up.”

Sixteen-year-old Stephanie Soetan is one of those teenagers. Born in Nigeria, she moved with her family to Chicago at the age of 4 and then moved to the Atlanta area when her parents divorced. At her young age, Soetan has felt the sting of bullying, the ache of isolation and the pain of depression.

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