As a teacher at Chesney Elementary, Kara Cowdrick saw a need that stretched beyond the school year. It took some help from her mom’s van, but they eventually met the need.
“Every year, I noticed that kids weren’t excited about going home for the summer,” Cowdrick said. “When we dug a little deeper, they were bored. We see this every year, and we’re not doing anything about it?”
That inspired Cowdrick to apply for a grant two years ago from Atlanta Families for Excellence in Education. She won the grant for $7,500, with $3,500 going toward a bookmobile, to better serve students throughout the summer with reading books. This summer, a local car dealership has come along and offered help, and beginning May 31 and occuring on Wednesdays throughout the summer, students will have access to a host of books to encourage reading.Continue Reading...
Pharr Elementary has developed a reputation around the state for its school garden, and recently, the school celebrated its third annual garden night with a host of festivities.
Among the events during the night were a scavenger hunt through the indoor ponics lab and outdoor gardens, and the garden club talked to families in the garden about the new sensory garden, African Keyhole garden, greenhouse, Loofah gourds, Cabbage Patch and the Math Garden.
In the ponics lab, families learned about hydroponics, aquaponics, and aeroponics. Students worked to complete math problems in the STEAM lab and did leaf rubbings from plants in the garden in the art room. Second-grade students concluded their study of plants with a plant sale that will benefit new garden projects.Continue Reading...
When they say Louise Radloff has broken her neck working on behalf of the Salvation Army, they mean it.
For those who don’t know Radloff well, it may seem like a shock, but to those who understand her volunteer spirit over more than four decades, particularly related to education and health, it’s perfectly acceptable.
That was the case in 2013 when Radloff suffered a broken neck in early September when she missed a step and fell off a loading dock while picking up bread for the Salvation Army. She had surgery the next day, and except for some limited range of motion, has returned to normal.
Radloff, who has served on the Gwinnett Board of Education for more than 40 years, was among the honorees on Friday at the annual “Doing The Most Good” Salvation Army luncheon at the Infinite Energy Center.
Shiloh Middle School recently received validation that was three years in the making.
The school is certified as an International Baccalaureate World School for a three-year Middle Years Programme. IB World Schools feature programmes of international education that its staff describes as developing the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a globalizing world.
“The IB program is a tremendous teaching tool and that will help prepare our students for our rapidly changing world,” Shiloh Principal Eli Welch said in a press release, and added that staff worked on research, training and planning for three years.
The South Gwinnett High School Comet Battalion recently went through an intensive formal inspection and came out with high marks, which gave the unit a special designation.
The JROTC program received the Honor Unit with Distinction label, the highest accreditation level that an Army JROTC program can receive across the country. The
Comet Battalion received an overall score of 95.8 percent.
“Our cadets have been working very hard to become an Honor Unit with Distinction for approximately six years, and they have finally accomplished their mission,” said retired Lt. Col. Nathaniel Flegler Jr., the senior Army instructor in charge of the program.
The purpose of the inspection was to assess and validate the growth and compliance of the program. The accreditation consisted of a Cadet Continuous Improvement Briefing, Cadet Service Learning Project, drill/ceremony and portfolio interviews by cadets and instructors.
Sharona Huang not only picked up a statewide award last week, she received a $300 scholarship and lunch with Gov. Nathan Deal.
Sharona, a sixth-grader at Coleman Middle in Duluth won second place in the 2017 Manufacturing Appreciation Week student design contest in the sixth through eighth grade category. She received the honors at an awards luncheon at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta.
Students from around the state submitted design entries featuring Georgia manufacturers and their products to teach students about the importance of manufacturing.
Ann Sechrist, director of Economic Development at Gwinnett Tech, said there was nearly 20 submissions from the local community alone.
“The manufacturing industry has changed significantly in the last few decades,” Sechrist said in a press release. “These are clean, high-tech jobs that pay well above average. Graduates in this field are in high-demand.”
Co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, MAW brings attention to this component of Georgia’s economy.Continue Reading...