Peachtree Ridge class project featured on Web site

A Peachtree Ridge business education teacher's recent lesson in financial literacy skills launched her into the spotlight as the featured educator on the Web site Practical Money Skills for Life.

Sarah Heath's high school class developed a lesson plan to teach money basics to second-grade students at nearby Parsons Elementary School.

Using their own money, the high school students bought piggy banks for the second-graders. The classes used the piggy banks to play learning games that taught coin identification, counting and math.

The lesson was also based on Georgia and Gwinnett County financial literacy and educational standards.

For more information about Heath and her teaching techniques, visit http://practicalmoneyskills.com.

Student's creativity wins school ice cream party

At Simonton Elementary, a student's innovation in creating a new ice pop flavor will bring a reward to the whole school.

Abri-Elle Price-Sivertsen recently won a contest sponsored by the Nestle Co. with her new flavor, "Pink Princess Fluff." She was one of 10 winners chosen from 8,000 entries and the only winner in Georgia.

Price-Sivertsen won a $1,000 savings bond, a huge lollipop, cards with "Pink Princess Fluff," a trip to a party in California and an ice cream party for Simonton Elementary.

The ice cream party is scheduled to take place Friday.

Duluth NJROTC to attend governor's inauguration

Duluth High's Navy Junior ROTC will experience a different type of celebration Monday as they attend Gov. Sonny Perdue's inauguration at Philips Arena.

The unit is volunteering its time as it assists in the event, and the ROTC members will be Perdue's guests at the Inaugural Ball on Monday night.


•Berkmar Middle students with perfect attendance will be honored with a luncheon Wednesday at Smokey Bones restaurant. Berkmar Middle has a schoolwide incentive program that encourages and rewards student attendance with treats, homeroom banners, academic pep rallies, certificates, positive letters and phone calls home.

•"GCPS Focus" will air on GCPS-TV at 6:30, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 3:30, 7:30 and 11 p.m. Monday through Sunday. The show will focus on the spirit of giving in Gwinnett schools, community support for quality education and a look at what 2007 will bring to GCPS. Visit www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for more information.

Heather Darenberg is the education reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Post.