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17 Local Schools Receive Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grants

17 Local Schools Receive Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grants

Atlanta, GA--  

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded 17 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants in Georgia.

Gwinnett County Instructional Leader Selected for State’s Top Social Studies Honor

Gwinnett County Instructional Leader Selected for State’s Top Social Studies Honor

The Georgia Council for Social Studies recently selected a Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) educator for the state’s top social studies honor. Mindy Lewis, the school district’s social studies content assessment specialist, was honored as the 2010 Georgia Outstanding Social Studies Educator of the Year. As the recipient, the Council recognizes Ms. Lewis for her contributions in the teaching of social studies.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Lewis was the social studies instructional coach and an 8th grade social studies teacher at Crews Middle. She joined Gwinnett County Public Schools in 2000. Ms. Lewis holds three degrees in middle grades education. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UGA, a master’s degree from the State University of West Georgia, and a specialist’s degree from Georgia Southwestern State University.

Gwinnett students receive $21K gift from Nordson Corporation Foundation

Gwinnett students receive $21K gift from Nordson Corporation Foundation

Gwinnett County, GA--  (submitted by Gwinnett County school system) 

Students enrolled in the engineering program at Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) soon will have a new instructional tool thanks to a generous gift from Nordson Corporation Foundation. The long-time supporter of the system’s start-up charter school has presented the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund, Inc., with a donation for $21,000.

This gift will allow GSMST to purchase a new instructional tool--- a programmable personal fabricator. A personal fabricator is a computer-controlled tool that produces three-dimensional products by adding, removing, and assembling atoms, and can produce anything -- including itself.

Equipment of this caliber is typically found in a FAB LAB (Fabricator Laboratory) on the campus of elite engineering universities.

Lilburn Schools Join The Clean Air Campaign to Fight Air Pollution

Lilburn Schools Join The Clean Air Campaign to Fight Air Pollution

Atlanta, GA--  (Submitted by the Clean Air Campaign)  

As air pollution continues to be a problem in Georgia, Gwinnett students are getting involved in the fight for better air quality.  Nearly 60 schools in Gwinnett County call themselves Clean Air Schools and work with Georgia nonprofit The Clean Air Campaign to educate students, parents and faculty about ways they can improve the air.

Two Lilburn schools are being recognized by The Clean Air Campaign as school champions for their recent efforts.

Arcado Elementary School’s Environmental Club is taking on The Clean Air Campaign’s No-Idling Program for the fourth year in a row.

College Fair for Students with Disabilities in Gwinnett County

Atlanta, GA--  An upcoming college fair will give Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) students with special needs and their parents and guardians the opportunity to learn about their higher education options. GCPS’ “College Fair for Students with Disabilities” is scheduled for Saturday, December 4, 2010, from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the school system’s Instructional Support Center, 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

College admissions and disability representatives from four-year universities, two-year colleges, and technical colleges will be on hand to provide students and their families with information about how they can meet students’ special needs.

Participants will learn about special accommodations the schools offer, what students and parents should be doing to be college ready, choosing a career path, navigating GACollege411.org, and opportunities for financial aid.

GCPS co-sponsors the event along with PTA Area II.

Hip Hop station Hot 107.9 will stop the music today from 7pm to 9pm to present “Bullying is Not Hot"

Atlanta, GA-- In the wake of terrible teen-on-teen violence that has shaken the Atlanta community, Hot 107.9 is tuening off the music and holding a forum on bullying and teen violence.  From 7pm -9pm the radio station wil stop playing music and will engage its audience in a conversation that is aimed at saving lives.

This effort to raise awareness on bullying will feature a panel of guests including; Atlanta Police Officer James Polite, local school guidance counselors, Monique Rivarde (mother of 18 yr old Bobby Tillman who was recently bullied to death) and several students who have been bullied by their peers.   Additionally national recording artists and celebrities including Neyo, Queen Latifah, Jazmine Sullivan, Jamie Foxx, Ray J and Diddy will all have a special message on the topic in hopes that students will understand the seriousness of this issue. 

Hot 107.9 “Bullying is not Hot”

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2 teen science superstars from Gwinnett County named Regional Winners of Siemens Competition

Atlanta, GA--  Sten Chen and Tim Wu, teen science superstars from Gwinnett County were just named Regional Winners of the prestigious Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology at Georgia Tech. They received a $6,000 scholarship and will move on to the Competition’s National Finals in Washington, DC where they can earn a $100K award. The team was selected for their cutting edge math research, which has the potential to expose security flaws in Internet financial transactions and may provide solutions to major open problems in number theory.