Riverside students run to raise money for hospital

Riverside Elementary School students recently ran to raise money for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

The school held the "Riverside Fun Run," which was organized solely by parent and staff volunteers at the school. More than 1,300 students, faculty and staff ran 25,000 laps on the school playground.

Together, students managed to raise $38,000. They're giving 10 percent of their proceeds, or $3,800, to the children's hospitals.

Natalie Boutwell, the kindergartner who raised the most money, had the honor of presenting the check along with the Riverside principal, Craig Barlow.

"The run focused on fitness and health for our students and staff, and helped our students build a sense of community by helping others," Barlow said.

Because the school didn't use an outside fundraising service, the event had minimal costs, and all of the money they raised went toward the school or Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Seniors selected for

prestigious UGA award

Four Peachtree Ridge seniors were selected as Promising Scholars by the University of Georgia last week.

They were among 18 students across the state chosen for the award by UGA's Center for Undergraduate Research, which recognized them for their stellar academic records in science and math.

Leslie Chan, Prathyusha Mididoddi, Cleveland Piggott and Esther Yang visited the campus to meet with honors freshmen and sophomores who work with faculty mentors on yearlong research projects.

"While we hope these students decide to come to UGA, it is most important that they see what undergraduates can accomplish through working shoulder to shoulder with a research mentor," said Pamela Kleiber, associate director of the Honors Program.

Each of the Promising Scholars received a certificate and a $250 stipend under a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Parkview students learn to play the stock market

Students from Parkview High School could be investment bankers and day traders if they keep up their skills in the stock market. They were the winners of a statewide stock market game.

The teams were required to choose at least three stocks of mutual fund shares to purchase over a 10-week training session. The game encouraged them to exercise sound, smart investing practices to maximize their returns.

After beginning with a hypothetical $100,000, team members Brandon Case, Daniel Gatch and Brandon Smith finished the trading session with a portfolio valued at $151,875 - more than a 50 percent increase.

The Parkview team, along with their teacher, Gary Petmecky, was honored at the Stock Market Game Awards luncheon last week. As its keynote speaker, the luncheon featured State School Superintendent Kathy Cox.

Norcross student wins MetroPCS scholarship

A senior at Meadowcreek High School was one of 12 students to receive a scholarship for MetroPCS Georgia.

Ngoc Nhi Le received a $1,000 scholarship in the 2006 Community Scholars Program. Each year, MetroPCS recognizes high school seniors who demonstrate a commitment to volunteerism, community service and academic excellence. She was also selected for her extracurricular participation, work experience and a statement of personal goals and aspirations.

MetroPCS selected students from all across the metro Atlanta area for the scholarship. Now in its fourth year, the program has recognized a total of 48 students, awarding a total of $48,000 in scholarships.

Le plans on attending either the University of Georgia or the Georgia Institute of Technology next year.


The Lawrenceville Elementary School Parent Center will host "Here's the Scoop: Reading, Writing and Math Strategies," at two locations this month. The event will be held Wednesday at the Kids' Center at Greens at Hillcrest Apartments and Thursday at the Lighthouse Center at the Magnolia Village Apartments, both in Lawrenceville. The events will begin at 6 p.m.

Gwinnett County Public Schools will host a Child Find Screening and Information Fair Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Experts will conduct developmental, vision, hearing and speech screenings for Gwinnett children and adults up to age 21. They will be held in the Central Gwinnett room of the Instructional Support Center in Suwanee.

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