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Good news from schools

School raises money for cancer treatment

Providence Christian Academy raised more than $47,000 to support experimental cancer therapy in honor of a student who died after a 20-month battle against cancer. Third-grader Carter Martin went through 14 cycles of chemotherapy before dying last year from Ewings sarcoma bone cancer. Before his death, he hoped scientists would soon "find a cure for cancer, so other kids won't have to suffer."

To help make his vision a reality, Providence established the Carter Martin Classic, a yearly athletics event. Last year, the school raised $45,000 to go toward research on experimental therapy for children with cancer. Through collecting proceeds from a basketball game against Banks County, they were able to raise even more money this year. All of their T-shirt sales, sponsorships and gate concession sales went toward a special memorial fund established in Carter's honor.

For more information or to contribute, visit www.choa.org/cartermartin.

Middle school student wins violin

An Alton C. Crews Middle School student is the first recipient of a Deserving Young Artist award. Benito Thompson, 13, received a new violin from Ronald Sachs Violins and the CraneClassical Music Society in recognition of his promise as a young musician. They will award new string instruments to four other young musicians across the county. Benito was nominated for the award by his instructor. He has been playing the violin since he was 6. After joining the Crews orchestra when he moved to Snellville, he worked his way up to first chair.

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Gwinnett County schools closed for winter recess on Friday. Students will return to school on Jan. 4 for the spring semester.

Rubina Madan is the education reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Post.