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08/28/2017

Walk the halls of Gwin Oaks Elementary in any given classroom, and chances are a volunteer from Cannon United Methodist Church is in the room or around the corner.

They may be making copies, stuffing bags with gummy bears or reading with a kindergartener. All in the name of Jesus.

It’s a partnership that sprung out of the economic downturn about nine years ago when many Gwin Oaks parents had to find jobs, and sometimes second or third jobs to make ends meet. That led to a void of parent support in the school.

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08/28/2017

Nearly 30 students from high schools across Gwinnett have a better understanding of the legal system after they graduated from the Summer Mentoring in Legal Education, or SMILE, program.

The mentoring program allowed students who are interested in law to participate in learning sessions held at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Students learned about the justice system, the trial process and the Constitution through encounters with lawyers and judges.

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08/28/2017

The Gwinnett County Board of Education recently honored students and teachers from Riverside Elementary, Pinckneyville Middle and Norcross High for their finishes in the Georgia Future Problem Solving Program and Future Problem Solving Program International competitions.

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08/28/2017

If you notice window decals around Gwinnett schools this fall, it’s because 18 schools across the county received the symbol to mark their achievement of 2017 National Beta School of Merit status.

The schools earned the award by offering National Beta to all eligible grades on their campus.

They were honored at the 2017 National Beta Club Convention this summer in Orlando, Fla. The National Beta Club is the nation’s largest independent, nonprofit, educational youth organization. Its mission is to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students.

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08/28/2017

To understand Ayden Abercrombie’s Eagle Scout project, it’s important to know one thing: He has always loved the American flag.

The 15-year-old Snellville resident is a member of Boy Scout Troop 548’s honor guard team, and he earned his Eagle Scout rank by making flag drop-off boxes for the county’s OneStop Community Centers. The idea behind the boxes is to give people a place to drop off their old and worn out flags so they can be properly retired.

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08/28/2017

Brookwood High School media specialist Jan Wilson was named a national hero of her profession this week.

School Library Journal and Scholastic announced Wilson was one of its four hero librarians as part of its School Librarian of the Year announcement. Wilson was named the Hero of Collaboration and will receive $500 worth of materials that she will get to pick out, from Scholastic Library Publishing.

She was also recognized in the company’s print and online publications. In the article, she told Scholastic Library Journal that the credit for the success of programs she put in place at Brookwood do not just belong to her.

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