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Girl Scouts donate cookies, learn meaning of patriotism

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A Lawrenceville Brownie troop recently sent a donation of Girl Scout cookies overseas to a battalion in Iraq as part of their efforts to earn the badges needed to become Junior Girl Scouts.

Brownie troop 1332 learned about patriotism as it earned the "United We Stand" badge, said troop co-leader Heidi Cartwright. Besides donating the cookies, the Scouts also sent letters to the soldiers and held a booth sale to raise money to send the cookies.

The girls plan to stay in touch with the troops as long as they can, and would like to send them cards, books and personal items in the future, Cartwright said. As the final step to earning their badges, the girls wrote short essays about what their country means to them.

"The girls are learning to have a real sense of pride in America and their flag," Cartwright said.

Pageant queens' afternoon tea will benefit Relay for Life

A local group of pageant queens will hold an afternoon tea to raise money for Gwinnett's Relay for Life.

The Miss Gwinnett Christian queens will serve tea, scones, lemon curd and cream, sweets and assorted tea sandwiches at the April 9 tea at Arbor House Tearoom in Loganville. The cost is $20 per person, and the tearoom will donate 100 percent of proceeds to the American Cancer Society. The group is affiliated with Queens for a Cure, an organization of pageant title holders from across the state who raise money for Relay for Life, and Georgia Christian Pageants.

The afternoon tea starts at 1 p.m. at the tearoom, 214 C.S. Floyd Road. To reserve a space, or for more information on the 2006 Miss Gwinnett Christian Pageant, visit www.GaChristianPageants.com or call 770-466-5010.

Students to walk

to prevent diabetes

Students at W.J. Cooper Elementary School in Loganville will walk next week to raise money for juvenile diabetes research. The event, running April 10-12, will be the school's third annual walk for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Tonya Richardson organized the walk after her daughter, a Cooper student, was diagnosed with diabetes. More than 200 children in Gwinnett have diabetes, she said.

"Before the walk, we explain to the students what diabetes is and why we're walking. Exercising is one of the best ways to control or prevent diabetes," Richardson said.

Each of the school's 1,600 students will walk for two hours at a time over a three-day period. The students will raise money through sponsorship donations. Last year, the school raised $12,000 for the foundation.

If you'd like to donate money or volunteer at this year's walk, e-mail Richardson at pineyway@bellsouth.net.