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Lego League teams advancing to state competition

Seven teams that competed recently in a First Lego League robotics competition at Peachtree Ridge High School are advancing to the state First Lego League competition.

The Free Radicals, an Alpharetta-based team, won first place in the championship. The Nanolegologists of Osborne Middle School won second place, and the Forsyth Alliance Nanobots of Cumming won third place.

Other teams advancing to the state competition are the Robo Chiefs and the Fractalbots, both of Cumming, and the Nanostrikers and Nano-Tech Inc., both of Osborne Middle School.

The Robodogs of Lanier Middle School won first place in the competition in research presentation, and the Nanostrikers of Osborne Middle won first place in teamwork.

Collins Hill band to perform in Atlanta parade

The Collins Hill High School Screaming Eagles are one of 14 marching bands that are performing in the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade.

The parade starts at

10:30 a.m. Saturday at Peachtree and Baker streets in downtown Atlanta and ends at Centennial Olympic Park Drive. It is the official kickoff for the 30th annual Festival of Trees.

WSB-TV is broadcasting the parade live at 10 a.m. Saturday.

For information, visit www.choa.org/festival or call 404-785-NOEL.

North Gwinnett's Junior ROTC presents flag

Several of North Gwinnett High School's Air Force Junior ROTC cadets recently presented the administrator of the Laurel Baye nursing home in Buford with a new American flag.

The cadets noticed the flag was in need of replacement and presented the flag in honor of the many Laurel Baye residents who are veterans.

Teacher honored for technology integration strategy

Five Forks Middle School teacher Jerry Paxton has earned the University of Georgia's Educational Technology Training Centers November 2006 Spotlight on Georgia Award.

Every month, the Training Centers honor an educator who is implementing effective technology integration strategies in the classroom.

Paxton, who has been with Five Forks Middle since 1993, has taught PROBE social studies and science and an advanced technology connections course he developed himself.

Paxton has also served as the school's local school technology coordinator and is the technical education teacher.

Grayson High technology program earns certification

An engineering and technology course at Grayson High Technology Education

Program has earned state certification.

The school was notified this month that the Engineering and Technology Education Program has satisfactorily completed the Georgia program certification process.

As part of the certification, Grayson High receives a $15,000 grant. Charles Kachmar, the engineering and technology teacher at Grayson, is investing the funds to upgrade materials in the engineering laboratory.

Calendar

•Level Creek Elementary School is having an Empty Bowls dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Students at the school have created clay bowls to show there are children in the community who go to sleep at night with a pain of hunger in their bellies, seeing nothing but empty bowls on a daily basis.

With a donation of $3 per person, the community is invited to have a cup of soup and a roll for dinner and to learn more about the National Empty Bowls Organization.

•Gwinnett Technical College's Sport and Recreation Management Club and Rhodes Jordan Park are sponsoring a round-robin tennis tournament to benefit the Dream House for Medically Fragile Children in Lilburn.

The tournament, open to players ages 18 and older, is at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville. Entry fees are $10 for players and $5 for non-players and guests. For information, call Perry Hidalgo at 678-226-6715.

•Gwinnett Technical College is having a health and wellness fair from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in Building 100 on the college's campus.

Free health screenings and services will be available. For information, call the college at 770-962-7580.

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