Middle school holds book fundraiser

LAWRENCEVILLE - Summerour Middle School's Scholastic book fair might help the school earn an additional $5,000.

The school's PTA is pairing with the Gwinnett Village Community Alliance to offer a Challenge grant that would get new books for the media center.

The Alliance plans to match the funds the PTA and local community can raise before the end of the year with the hope of raising $5,000 for the media center.

The fundraiser is being kicked off in conjunction with the school's book fair. It will be held in the Summerour Middle School Media Center from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

Theater to present 'Blithe Spirit'

WINDER - Winder-Barrow Community Theatre will be presenting "Blithe Spirit" next week.

The play will take place Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and March 18 at 3 p.m. at the Barrow County Leisure Services Center on Second Street in Winder. The doors open 30 minutes before show time.

March 15 will be the community service night. Audience members who bring items for the Piedmont Rape Crisis Center can get into the show for half price. Needed items include personal hygiene items for women and men (pads, wipes, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shower gel, combs, brushes, fingernail clippers, etc.); underwear, T-shirts, athletic pants, white socks for women and men ages 18 and up and other items such as AA or AAA batteries, paper bags, journals and stamps.

Advance tickets can be purchased at Pam Veader's State Farm Insurance Office at 41 S. Center St. in Winder 770-867-1679. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors (65 and older), students and teachers. Tickets purchased at the door are at a higher price. See www.winderbarrowtheatre.org for more information about season tickets.

Students invited

to enter art contest

LAWRENCEVILLE - All third-, fourth- and fifth-grade Georgia students are invited to help increase environmental awareness of Georgia's bogs by submitting personal artwork to the Georgia Conservancy's Seventh Annual Home Sweet Home Habitat Art Contest.

Applicants should create bright, colorful designs to illustrate the important and valuable ecological function of these acidic, nutrient-poor wetland ecosystems that house 25 percent of the Southeast's known endangered plants. More background information on bogs and an entry form are available on the Georgia Conservancy Web site at www.georgiaconservancy.org, and all entries must be postmarked no later than March 15.

Contest winners will be announced and the artwork displayed at the Georgia Conservancy's annual membership meeting to be held on April 29 at Sweetwater State Park. The first-place artwork also will be converted into hand-held fans and appear in upcoming issues of Teaching Conservation, the Georgia Conservancy's educator newsletter, and Panorama, the organization's quarterly membership magazine, as well as on the Georgia Conservancy Web site. In addition, the winning artist will receive a goodie bag filled with fun and educational nature items.

For more details about the contest and to obtain an entry form, visit www.georgiaconservancy.org or contact Georgia Conservancy environmental education manager Karen

Garland at 404-876-2900 ex. 113 or kgarland@gaconservancy.org.

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