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09/14/2017

Leadership development and student achievement are expected to remain top issues for Gwinnett County Public Schools officials as they plan for the future, Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks told the Gwinnett Chamber on Wednesday.

Wilbanks unveiled a draft version of the district’s fiscal year 2018-2022 strategic initiatives and priorities during his State of the Schools address to the chamber at the Infinite Energy Center. The district’s top initiative will continue to be leadership development for staff, but its top priority will remain focusing on student achievement, he said.

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09/11/2017

The city of Suwanee closes out the summer Friday night with its last Food Truck Friday event of the year. The event will look just like the ones held each month, but behind the scenes Suwanee officials know this one is a little different — and they’re proud of that.

Friday’s event, which runs from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Suwanee Town Center Park, was organized by the Suwanee Youth Leaders, the city’s leadership program for sophomore and junior high school students. It’s the fourth year the group has helped organize a Food Truck Friday, which gives the students a chance to apply the leadership concepts they learn in the program.

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09/06/2017

High school students often come to Delta Community Credit Union to avoid the typical teenage jobs. Years later they regularly find themselves still with the organization.

That’s not yet the case for Brookwood High senior Jeremiah Adeola, 17, who works at the Snellville branch of the credit union. But if his older colleagues are any indication, he has a solid chance to forge a career with the credit union.

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09/05/2017

Three Gwinnett schools were among 39 across the state to receive grants from the state for their projects that “deeply engage” students.

The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement awarded Innovation Fund Tiny Grants to Bay Creek Middle, Couch Middle and Sycamore Elementary. The grants are worth between $1,000 and $7,000 and they’re to fund the implementation of an innovative project that solves an existing problem in an inventive way and has the potential to have a large and lasting impact on the academic environment.

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09/05/2017

North Gwinnett High School is holding a diaper drive though next week to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

“We know that people like to do something tangible,” a press release from North Gwinnett said. “One of the gaps in services provided is diapers — for infants, toddlers and adults.”

The school is collecting diapers of all sizes and wipes now through Sept. 8.

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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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