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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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11/20/2017

Gwinnett County Public Schools’ (GCPS) Community-Based Mentoring Program received a $25,000 grant from The Primerica Foundation to expand the successful boys mentoring program to include a girls mentoring option. 

Studies show that successful mentoring programs help students develop social skills, improve school achievement and graduation rates, as well as build character. GCPS proactively developed a Community-Based Mentoring program to connect caring adults in the community with students in grades 4 through 12. The mentors provide guidance, encouragement, and support, helping mentees become successful young adults, both in and out of school. Every year mentors interact and support more than 500 students from across the district.

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