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Good News From Schools: GAC opens to evacuees

Greater Atlanta Christian school announced this week that it would follow the lead of public schools across the South and accept students displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

The school, one of the metro area's largest, will allow students from private schools in the Gulf area to attend the fall semester for free. Other students will be considered on a case-by-case basis, said President Dr. David Fincher.

Greater Atlanta Christian has also committed between $30,000 and $40,000 to Salvation Army, Red Cross and Norcross Cooperative Ministry on behalf of hurricane survivors. All gate sales from Friday's football game against Wesleyan will go to relief victims.

The art of arguing

The Brookwood High debate team, coached by Leslie Watkins, competed at the National Forensic League National Speech and Debate Tournament in Philadelphia over the summer. Participants were Marie Agnello in Original Oratory, Christian Backhop in United States Extemporaneous Speaking and Jessica King and Cameron Secord in Student Congress.

Secord was elected by his fellow congressional delegates as presiding officer, both in the preliminary and semi-final rounds of the John Stennis House of Representatives. He placed ninth in national competition.

Calendar

Wednesday

The Duluth High Korean Club will meet today and Sept. 28. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Thursday

Simonton Elementary will host a Community Night from 5 to 7 p.m. During the event, parents and their children can play board and computer games, read stories, and check out books. For more information, call 770-513-6637.

Trickum Middle will host back-to-school dances from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for 7th graders and on Sept. 22 for 6th graders. Tickets may be purchased during the week of the dance for $3. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

Friday

The Simonton Elementary PTA will host Pizza and Bingo from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Students must be accompanied by a parent. For more information, call 770-513-6637.

Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.