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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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11/20/2017

For most students, summer vacation is a relief from the daily school grind, a time to catch up on sleep, take family vacations or maybe even work a part-time job. But for Peachtree Ridge High School seniors Nile Ravenell and Shaza Mehdi, it was the precious time they needed to create the project they plan to submit into the upcoming Gwinnett Regional Science, Engineering and Innovation Fair.

Putting in a focused 40 hours per week all summer won the two 17-year-olds the attention of businesses near and far, long before the science fair, set for Feb. 23 at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, is even scheduled to take place.

Their project, an app they named PlantMD, helps diagnose diseases in common garden fruit and vegetable plants.

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11/20/2017

Parkview ought to build a bigger trophy case for its Marine Corps JROTC unit.

For the ninth straight year, the unit received a Naval Honor School award from the commanding general of the Marine Corps Training and Education Command at Quantico, Va.

The units that receive this award are selected by the Area Commander for attaining the highest overall rating during the school year.

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11/17/2017

The health and wellness of you and your family is at the forefront of your mind, so it's our top priority. That's why Gwinnett Medical Center has partnered with Gwinnett County Public Schools to make you aware of the programs, services and tools available to meet the unique needs of each member of your family. From primary care and urgent care to sports medicine and general wellness information, we are committed to keeping you and your family healthy.

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11/15/2017

By Gwinnett County Fire Chief Casey Snyder’s estimate, the Maxwell High School of Technology in Lawrenceville may be the only school in the U.S. that has a fire training tower on its campus for students to use.

He said there is one school out west, in Meridian, Idaho, that lets students use a training tower, but Snyder said it’s not on that school’s campus. Either way, the fire chief said Gwinnett County and a town in Idaho may not be comparable to each other.

“One thing I don’t know is how many four-story buildings, or taller buildings, that they have in Meridian, Idaho, but we do (have them) and we’re going to have a lot more,” Snyder said at tower’s ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday. “So this facility is certainly going to be both innovative and timely for all of us, both the students and us.”

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