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Veggies urge kids to 'Give Peas a Chance'

Gwinnett kids will soon be "Giving Peas a Chance," as a nutritional puppet show visits eight local elementary schools.

The program's premise is that healthy foods are going on a strike organized by Cris P. Broccoli and Wanda B. Healthy. To end their strike, the puppets encourage students to abandon junk foods in favor of healthier ones. It encourages kids to eat their fruits and vegetables through humor, audience participation and colorful visuals.

"Give Peas a Chance" was started by Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre Program to deal with the epidemic of childhood obesity.

"This production is a creative and fun way to teach children how to make the right choices when it comes to diet and exercise," said Bett Potazek, artistic director of the Educational Theatre Program.

The puppet show will visit Harmony, Cedar Hills, Norton, Duncan Creek, Corley, Rock Springs, Camp Creek and Pharr elementary schools over the next few weeks. It will also be at the Centerville Community Center on March 13. The show is traveling to 35 metro Atlanta schools this spring.

For more information, visit http://xnet.kp.org/ga/etp/nutrition.htm.

Math-a-thon to raise money for research hospital

Greater Atlanta Christian School students will use their math skills to raise money for charity. The school is having a Math-a-thon for the next two weeks to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The funds will go toward the hospital's research on cancer, sickle cell and other terminal diseases.

"St. Jude's Research Hospital is a world leader in the fight against these diseases, and they have made great progress, but only because of the help of people like the citizens of the metro Atlanta area," said Jeff Harsh, the wrestling

coach who is coordinating

the program.

The Math-a-thon will begin Monday and run until March 10. It is being sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. Any student who raises $35 or more toward the cause will receive free day passes to the park.

To make a donation, call 770-243-2312.

Calendar

Benefield Elementary School students will present a talent show on Friday. It will start with dinner at 6:30 p.m., served by Relay for Life

participants.

Many Gwinnett schools will celebrate Dr. Seuss's 102nd birthday with Read Across America week. Throughout next week, there will be guest readers and other special events. The school system will also host its first Gwinnett Reading Rally Saturday morning at Mill Creek High School.

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