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Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, GCPS receive $20K grant for gardens

08/23/2017

Learning gardens have become popular across Gwinnett County Public Schools in recent years, most notably at Pharr Elementary, where state officials have toured.

This week, more schools received an infusion of funding thanks to a $20,000 grant from the nonprofit Keep America Beautiful to Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful as part of its community partners grant program.

The grant is designed to benefit communities with projects that focus on critical needs. Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful’s grant program is titled Project Plant it Forward. It’s a joint effort between Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, GCPS, Monarchs Across Georgia and the Captain Planet Foundation, Project Plant It Forward to allow local schools to create edible and pollinator learning gardens.

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NEA Foundation funds Duluth educator grant for $5,000

08/23/2017

Chattahoochee Elementary is set to receive a multi-sensory math program for students with math disabilities thanks to a grant from the NEA Foundation.

Diane Rice, a special education teacher at Chattahoochee in Duluth, and partner Alexandra Prosser have received a $5,000 Student Achievement grant from the NEA Foundation. This grant will introduce TouchMath to their school.

“My colleagues and I have a strong belief that all children can learn … but not in the same way,” Rice said in a press release. “We must find out how each of our students learn and then locate the tools that work. TouchMath is based on research and on what we know about how children learn.”

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Deal names Gwinnett’s school superintendent to lead effort to improve school leadership

08/16/2017

Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Gwinnett County schools CEO/Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks to chair of a statewide committee to evaluate a proposed leadership academy for top educators. The committee is part of Deal’s ongoing efforts to have the state intervene in chronically failing schools.

Wilbanks is to guide the efforts of a 15-member committee that’s to recommend whether Georgia should create a leadership academy for school principals and other school leaders. Dec. 1 is the deadline for the committee to issue recommendations, including any proposed legislation to accomplish any recommendations.

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School bus drivers lauded as ‘game changers’ at annual back-to-school event

08/16/2017

Marlon Allen led about 2,000 school bus drivers as they jumped, shouted and danced in the Hebron Baptist Church worship hall Monday morning.

Allen, a local pastor and past president of the Rotary Club of Gwinnett, was leading a sort of pep rally celebrating the hard work of the Gwinnett School System’s “unsung heroes” — the bus drivers.

“This school system is a winning school system,” Allen said. “This school system is a successful school system. And I believe it all starts with the people in this room. I have given you the title of ‘game changers.’”

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Brookwood senior writes letter to each member of Class of 2017

08/16/2017

Writing at least five letters a day, it didn’t take long for the the hand cramps to set in.

For Megan Hawes, a soft-spoken but caring member of the Brookwood High Class of 2017, that writing turned into a burst of smiles Wednesday morning as she was mobbed with hugs and well wishes from dozens of classmates.
Hawes, who plans to enroll at Kennesaw State University in the fall and eventually become a pilot, took on a daunting task this school year to ensure that every member of her graduating class would receive a letter.

“It was a lot of hand cramps,” Hawes said. “I had to write at least five a day, and some days I’d do the whole weekend, or I’d have to go to my grandmother’s so I didn’t have any distractions. … It takes a lot of time to think about what to say.”

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Summer camp teaches children how to enjoy writing

08/16/2017

As parents arrived Thursday morning to pick up their children from a literacy camp at Ivy Creek Elementary, there were several thumbs-ups to teachers while students gave hugs and posed for cellphone pictures.

Addison Thayer, a rising fourth-grader, attended the 14th annual Mill Creek Cluster Student Literacy Institute where about 130 students ages six through 15 learned from seven teachers about the craft of writing without the burden of a test prompt.

“I didn’t know I was going to write this much, and make a book,” Addison said, moments after a hug with teacher Lynn Worley. Addison’s book is titled “The New Kid” and is about how two kids respond to a bully.

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