Seventh-grader wins bus-safety poster contest

Good News From Schools

Vreonna Strong-Belin, a seventh-grade student at Shiloh Middle School, won second place at the state-level School Bus Safety Poster Contest competition.

Strong-Belin, 12, was also the division three winner in Gwinnett County, according to a press release from Gwinnett County Public Schools.

Students in kindergarten through eighth grade drew posters to illustrate the theme, "Be Aware! Cross with Care."

The winning artwork promotes National School Bus Safety Week, which was Oct. 15 through 21.

Peachtree Ridge groups win awards, honors

The Peachtree Ridge High Roaring Lions Marching Band received Superior ratings in all categories at the Greater Atlanta Area Marching Band Festival and contest on Oct. 14.

The Color Guard was awarded the Grand Champion Award. In addition, the band took seventh place at the Tournament of Champions competition in North Carolina earlier this month.

Junior Beta Club beautifies Sweetwater Middle School

The Sweetwater Middle School Junior Beta Club recently completed its fall beautification project.

"Thirty-eight members and four adults taxed their muscles and labored hard to beautify the school's gardens," Beta Club sponsor Joan Beattie said. "The soil was amended, and summer annuals were replaced with colorful snapdragons and pansies. They also planted jonquil bulbs and shrubs. Now the sign, flagpole and courtyard gardens will provide a splash of color during the bleak winter months and well into spring."

The project was funded by the Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association.

Accounting society names educator of the year

The National Society of Accountants has named Lanny Nelms, Gwinnett Technical College's accounting program director, as the educator of the year.

Nelms was chosen for his service to the association, his role as a resource for other accounting instructors and his dedication to young people entering the profession, according to a news release from the college.

Nelms has been an instructor at Gwinnett Tech since 1989 and a program director since 1999. He is also the president of Teachers of Accounting at Two-Year Colleges and vice president of accountancy with the board of directors for the Accreditation Council for Accounting and Taxation.

Georgia Perimeter honors Dacula resident

Georgia Perimeter College honored Robby Williams of Dacula, an associate professor of mathematics on the college's Lawrenceville campus, with the Outstanding Professional Faculty Teaching, Leadership and/or Service Award.

"Faculty peers observe that this dedicated individual continually develops new course materials for classroom instruction and for student projects," Lawrenceville Interim Provost Phil Smith said in a news release. "Because he is so approachable, they note students feel comfortable asking him questions both in and out of class.

Williams was one of 24 faculty and staff members honored by Georgia Perimeter.


The Comet Climate Group of South Gwinnett High School is having a Parent Open Forum at 7 p.m. Monday in the school theater. For information, call 770-972-4840.

Five Forks Middle School is having the second annual Family Literacy Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Stations will be set up to explore scientific ideas presented in science fiction books. For information, call 770-972-1506.

Rebecca Minor Elementary School is having its third annual "Moon Over Minor" event, a family camping experience in which families spend the night in tents on the school field. For information, call Sherie Green at 678-380-7249.

Lawrenceville Elementary School's Fall Market is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the school. Tickets cost $1, but children get in free if canned goods are donated. Ticket sales will benefit the school's PTA. In case of rain, the market will take place the following Saturday.

The Gwinnett school district is having a Certified Teacher Job Fair from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Peachtree Ridge High School, 1555 Old Peachtree Road, Suwanee. Applications can be found online at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us or by calling 678-301-6073.

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