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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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11/27/2017

With fall comes the chance for schools in Gwinnett to compete for coveted funding in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics through the Infinite Energy STEAM Grants to local schools.

The grants are open to all 139 public schools in Gwinnett County Public Schools. To date, Infinite Energy has given back more than $88,000 to Gwinnett County schools.

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11/27/2017

Students at Archer High went into the Thanksgiving break with a visible reminder of what they’re thankful for this year.

A prayer chain was draped around the columns of the commons area that was filled with “heartfelt sentiments” about family, friends, health and home.

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11/27/2017

GCPS is sending 13 entries— one for each grade level, K-12—to the state’s Young Georgia Authors (YGA) writing contest this spring. In the district’s YGA competition this fall, grade-level winners were selected from among 264 submitted entries from 68 schools across the county. Previously, the submissions had been selected as winners in local-school contests. With a theme of “Believe in the Promise of Gwinnett,” students wrote about what they believe and why it is important to believe in others. 

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11/27/2017

Giving Tuesday is the global day of giving following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You can make a difference in our community by supporting the GCPS Foundation for student scholarships and the academic initiatives of Gwinnett County Public Schools! https://gcps-foundation.org/donation

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11/27/2017

The Archer Academic Foundation presented a $1000 check to Kristin Fuqua of McConnell Middle School for "A Community Garden"! The grant award is for funds to begin a community garden. Kristin will start a school garden that will offer vegetables McConnell school cafeteria and the local food bank.

By working in the garden, she wants students to connect with their wider community. Students don't always see the relevance of their learning. By creating a space for them to build and produce something for others, Kristin hopes that they will see how they can contribute to their community. 

The garden will be an outdoor classroom that all three grade levels can use. Lessons that the garden can support include chemical analysis of soil, interactions of plants and animals, understanding photosynthesis, design and planning, and erosion control. The list of activities is endless. I also plan to work with the UGA Extension service in order to implement my plans. 

Congratulations Kristin!

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