Driver offices

closing for holiday

LAWRENCEVILLE - All customer service centers for the Department of Driver Services statewide will be closed Sept. 2 and will reopen Sept. 5.

The Conyers' administrative offices and the Customer Call Center will be closed Sept. 4 and will reopen Sept. 5. Many services may be done via the Agency's Web site www.dds.ga.gov.

Girl wins large cabbage contest

DULUTH - Small cabbage plants were given to each third-grader at Chattahoochee Elementary School last spring.

Raina Davis grew the largest cabbage in the "Cabbage Program" contest sponsored by Bonnie Plants. Raina cared for her "Cabby" through the early part of July when she harvested the nine and a half-pound vegetable.

She is now eligible for the $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to one student in each participating state

September.

Law Enforcement Academy takes spring applications

WINDER - The Barrow County Sheriff's Office Citizen's Law Enforcement Academy is taking applications for its spring session.

The session will begin Sept. 18 and last 11 weeks. Weekly sessions will be held at the County Line annex of the Sheriff's Office each Monday night from 7 to 10 p.m.

Topics include criminal law and procedure, peace officer requirements, gangs, crime scene investigations and weapons training.

Applications are available at the Sheriff's Office in the Barrow County Courthouse or at the front desk of the county's detention center. They are due Sept. 4.

For more information, call Sgt. Ed Wilson or Deputy Vince Henderson at 770-

867-1156.

Schools recognized for positive program

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two Gwinnett schools have been recognized for implementing and delivering outstanding results using a national character education program that creates a

positive learning

environment.

The Positive Labels program is a national, data-driven program that works to decrease distractions, including bullying behavior and name-calling. Both Kanoheda and Knight elementary schools are being recognized as national winners of the 2006 National Museum of Patriotism KC3 Citizenship in Motion Award. This is the third year that Kanoheda Elementary has earned this recognition, the second for Knight Elementary.

The schools designated as national champions in the program decreased name-calling by 10 percent and increased kind words and cooperation by 10 percent.

Both Kanoheda and Knight elementary schools will be recognized Sept. 21 at the National Museum of Patriotism in Atlanta.

In addition to Knight and Kanoheda, Lawrenceville Elementary participates in the full KC3 program. A modified version of the program is used on all Gwinnett elementary bus routes, focusing on promoting a positive word each week, and encouraging students to use that word.

Media winners awarded honors

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Public Schools is one of the big winners at this year's International Student Media Festival. Fifty of Gwinnett's entries received the "Excellence in Media Production" award and 17 of these also received a second honor as "Judge's Favorites."

International Student Media Festival projects include the use of live action video, Web site design, animation and photography. This program is one of the many ways Gwinnett teachers expand teaching and learning opportunities.

As a system, GCPS submitted 111 entries in this year's international competition. Gwinnett's winning entries represent a spectrum of live action video, animation, mixed media and sequential still productions.

The award-winning students and their parents are invited to attend the ISMF Media Festival Award Ceremony which will be held from Oct. 10 through 12 in Dallas, Texas.

Student semifinalist in science challenge

LAWRENCEVILLE - Nine Georgia students, including one from Auburn, were selected as semifinalists in the 2006 Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge.

The competition, created by Discovery Communications, gives students the opportunity to test their knowledge and push their limits as they explore the world of science. There are 400 finalists from fifth through eighth grade around the country.

Sierra Academy student Kevin Moore from Auburn is among the finalists.

The 400 semifinalists will be narrowed to 40 finalists next month. The students will compete for more than $100,000 worth of scholarships and special prizes, as well as the title of "America's Top Young Scientist of the Year."

Gwinnett Gab appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.