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05/16/2017

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.

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05/16/2017

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.

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05/16/2017

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.

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05/08/2017

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.

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05/08/2017

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.

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05/08/2017

Students across Gwinnett last week traveled to Anaheim, Calif., to represent their high schools at the DECA International Career Development Conference.

There were 18 high school students from Gwinnett County Public Schools who qualified for the event. DECA is an international association of high school and college students that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

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