New regent visits Georgia Gwinnett College

LAWRENCEVILLE - The newest University System of Georgia regent visited Georgia Gwinnett College earlier this week.

Robert Hatcher was in Lawrenceville Thursday to see the campus, the first new four-year state college in Georgia in more than 100 years.

Hatcher said the school has an opportunity to set the standard for higher education through its innovative technology.

Early education registration begins

LAWRENCEVILLE - Preregistration for Gwinnett Technical College's early education center has begun.

The D. Scott Hudgens Jr. Early Education Center has 220 spots available. The 26,000-square-foot facility will open its doors July 10, welcoming children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. The facility's prekindergarten program and before- and after-school care program (ages 5 to 12 years) will begin on Aug. 14. Preregistration applications for all programs and further information are available at www.gwinnetttech.edu/

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The addition of the early education center at Gwinnett Tech will serve as a lab for giving students hands-on experiences in a quality center and provide a research site for learning and understanding children.

For more information about the D. Scott Hudgens Jr. Early Education Center at Gwinnett Tech, call 678-226-6689 or visit www.GwinnettTech.edu

Easter basket donations needed

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett Department of Family and Children Services will be collecting Easter baskets for children and teens.

Volunteers willing to donate baskets should deliver them to the Georgia Army National Guard Armory, 261 E. Crogan St. in Lawrenceville April 3 through 5 from 9 a.m. to

4 p.m.

Baskets are needed for children and teens and should be enclosed in cellophane bags/wrap and filled with individually wrapped candy and small toys, gifts, new stuffed animals or teen-oriented items.

Teen baskets, especially those targeted for boys, are often donated less frequently than the amount needed.

For more information, call Deborah Barinowski, Volunteer Resource Coordinator, at 678-518-5758.

Winder-Barrow theater raises funds through play

WINDER - Winder-Barrow Community Theatre raised $378 for The Tree House through its Community Service Night presentation of "Barefoot in the Park."

On the play's opening night, audience members could buy half-price tickets if they donated something to The Tree House. Half of every full-price ticket also went to the charity.

The Tree House is a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen communities by reducing the occurrence and impact of child abuse through educating, supporting and nurturing children and families in Barrow, Banks and Jackson counties.

"Barefoot in the Park" drew 160 people to its Saturday performance, making it the largest single audience for a show by the group.

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