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Gwinnett County high school teacher named Georgia’s History Teacher of the Year


Kari Slaten said her current students are the “leaders of the future,” but those who are lucky enough to get to have her in class at Central Gwinnett High School are studying under one of the leaders of the present.

Slaten is the state’s 2020 History Teacher of the Year, the Georgia Department of Education announced Monday. The award is presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, an organization dedicated to K-12 American history education, with the state winner selected by the Georgia Department of Education.

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B.B. Harris Elementary outdoor areas get facelift from Georgia United Credit Union employees


Can elementary school children make a three-point shot?

That was the question Jon Burchett, 11, pondered as he helped Georgia United Business Intelligence Manager Drew Brannon use rolling brushes to paint white free throw and three-point lines on a basketball court at B.B. Harris Elementary School in Duluth last weekend. The court previously had two goals, but no lines painted on it so Burchett and Brannon had to painstakingly create lines from scratch.

But Burchett wondered how easy the new shooting areas would be for elementary school students to use.

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Every year here at Infinite Energy, we award thousands of dollars in grants as part of our STEAM grant to public schools in Gwinnett County Georgia. The money is part of our commitment to childhood education, which we feel is one of the best ways to make a positive impact in the world.

For each customer in Gwinnett County, we give back $5. And this year, that means we’re giving back more than $48,000. Nine schools will get money for projects they’ve developed that emphasize leaning in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics—STEAM.

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Gwinnett Rotarians honor bus driver for service to those in need


Michele Bourdonnay was expecting to see the “bug man” standing at her door when her dogs began barking and the door bell rang at her home in Dacula on Monday morning.

That’s what her daughter had told her to expect, at least.

Rather than finding someone ready to do pest control, Bourdonnay instead opened her front door and found herself face-to-face with Rotary Club of Gwinnett President Terry Swaim, who was holding an oversized check for $500 with her name on it. Next to him was another Rotarian who was holding balloons and flowers for her as they recognized her contributions to the community.

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‘A really good time’ — North Gwinnett Co-op hands out backpacks to students in need


When it rains, it pours. No one knows that better than Kim Phillips, executive director of the North Gwinnett Co-op in Buford.

Phillips has known the figurative side of that phrase since the COVID-19 crisis struck in March. This week she experienced the literal side of it when the skies opened with a torrential downpour jus as the co-op’s annual Book Bag Bash was ready to start.

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Two Gwinnett County students earn recognition as Bank of America Student Leaders


Five area high school students, including two from Gwinnett County, have recently been selected as Student Leaders and have started paid internships for Bank of America.

According to a press release, the students will gain experience in leadership, civic engagement and workforce skills-building. Bank of America said that in light of the health concerns that remain in local communities, the program has been adapted to a virtual format, but students will have the opportunity to participate in sessions that will expose them to the vital role that nonprofits play in advancing community health, the importance of public private partnerships to advance social change, and a focus on building financial acumen.

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