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Gwinnett Superintendent Calvin Watts highlights graduation rate goals, safety plans during State of the Schools Address


Gwinnett County Public Schools is still a little ways off from reaching its goal of having a 90% graduation rate by the summer of 2027, but Superintendent Calvin Watts told business leaders on Wednesday the district is making progress.

Watts delivered his annual State of the Schools Address to the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce at the Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta in unincorporated Duluth. The address is a yearly tradition established by Watts' predecessor, former Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks.

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8 Georgia Schools Named National Blue Ribbon Schools For 2023


Harris Elementary School and Pharr Elementary School have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2023.

Eight schools in Georgia were among about 350 nationwide named Tuesday as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2023 by the U.S. Department of Education.

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GCPS Foundation teams up with community organizations to provide essential services to Gwinnett families in need


The Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation recently teamed up with Hope thru Soap, the NFL Alumni Association, and Community Organized Relief Effort to provide essential services to Gwinnett families in need.

The joint event, which took place at Norcross High School, provided more than 300 students, families, and community members with free haircuts, mobile showers, a warm meal, a food pantry, clothing giveaways, and free school supplies. Members of the NFL Alumni Association volunteered their time to sign autographs and give away nearly 500 pairs of socks, while CORE offered free vaccines and booster shots.

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Lilburn Elementary School to receive a new school garden


Creating 24 gardens in 24 hours in 24 communities sounds like a near-impossible assignment, but the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation is up for the challenge and has selected Lilburn Elementary School to take part in the project.

The Arizona-based Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation — an arm of Sprouts Farmers Markets — announced in late August that Lilburn Elementary would be among 24 schools from across the country to take part in the “24 Gardens in 24 Hours in 24 Communities” contest, which was established in April to commemorate Earth Month and will invest $500,000 in local schools for nutrition education.

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South Gwinnett High School student honored with music scholarship


The NAMM Foundation and SBO+ Magazine have awarded South Gwinnett High School senior Zoie Dozier a $1,000 scholarship.

Dozier’s passion for music and the impact of her music teacher — Erna Dionne Davis — the fine arts department chair and orchestra director at South Gwinnett High — played a pivotal role in her selection for this honor, company officials said.

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Foodwell Alliance expanding Compost Connectors program into seven more Gwinnett schools


Lilburn Elementary School fifth-grader Cynthia Turner had an unconventional reaction when she learned a food audit revealed an average of 600 pounds of food is wasted at the school each day because it goes unused.

She was, surprisingly, excited to hear it.

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