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Church hosts ladies' night out in appreciation of county's teachers

LAWRENCEVILLE - Members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett love teachers, and they're showing it this week by giving away lots of free stuff.

On Wednesday, the church is hosting a ladies' night out with free prizes, wine and cheese, makeovers and spa products.

The event is being held in honor of national teacher appreciation week and is open to all female teachers in Gwinnett.

To register, e-mail events@uucg.org.

Buford takes top

honors at Botball

For the second year in a row, the Buford High School Robotics Club took home the top title at the Georgia Regional Botball Tournament.

Botball competition is NASA sponsored and hosted in Georgia by the Engineering College of Mercer University-Macon.

The tournament is a national educational program that engages students in the practical applications of science, technology, engineering and math through the activities of robot building and programming.

Students have seven weeks to create robots that compete autonomously in a nondestructive tournament without the use of remote control.

Debbie Valdez and Phil Ducote were the club sponsors.

Jeremy Breedlove, Matt Berry, Cody Case, Will Pruitt, Maurice Williams, Jordan Williams, Tyler Smith, Nathan Taylor, Josh Bolla, Ben Gravitt and Mark Lucia competed in the Macon Botball Tournament.

State senate assists

Berkmar athletics program

State Sen. Curt Thompson, D-Norcross, is working with the Berkmar High School athletics program to create a Berkmar Foundation to assist the school in raising funds for its varsity and intramural sports programs.

Thompson and Berkmar head football coach Wendell Early will present the plan to community leaders and parents at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school in Lilburn.

Thompson, an attorney, is volunteering his legal services to set up the tax-exempt corporation that will manage the foundation for the athletics program.

Because tax dollars are severely restricted from being used for interscholastic athletic programs, privately raised funds are needed to assist Berkmar with its varsity, junior varsity, freshman, intramural and physical education programs. Thompson previously assisted the Norcross High School athletics department.

Calendar

Tuesday

Simonton Elementary will sponsor a dinner from 5 to

8 p.m. at the Snellville Steak 'n' Shake, with 10 percent of all sales donated to the school. Call 770-513-6637.

Annistown Elementary will host its annual Student Recognition Night at 7 p.m. at the Annistown Road Baptist Church. Call 770-979-2950.

Wednesday

Mill Creek High will sponsor a fashion show at 7 p.m. in the theater. Tickets are $5. Call 678-714-5850.

Jaime Sarrio is the education reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. Good News From Schools appears Sundays in the Post.