Easter baskets being collected for DFCS children

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett Department of Family and Children Services will be collecting Easter baskets for children and teens Monday through Wednesday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Volunteers willing to donate one or more baskets are asked to deliver them to the Georgia Army National Guard Armory at 261 East Crogan Street in Lawrenceville. The Armory is just a mile and a half down the street from the Gwinnett DFCS office. The phone number there is 678-469-1628.

Baskets are needed for children and teenagers of all ages and should be enclosed in cellophane bags/wrap and filled with individually wrapped candy and small toys, gifts, new stuffed animals or teen oriented remembrances.

Teen baskets, especially those targeted for boys, are often donated less frequently than the amount needed.

For more information, contact Volunteer Resource Coordinator Deborah Barinowski at 678-518-5758 or debarinowski@dhr.state.ga.us.

Walton EMC to award scholarships to high school seniors

LAWRENCEVILLE - Between $25,000 and $50,000 in scholarships will be awarded in the inaugural year of the Walton EMC - Operation Round Up scholarship program.

Scholarships will be available to high school seniors whose primary residence is served by Walton EMC.

Between 10 and 20 scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded for the 2008-09 school year.

Graduating seniors looking to further their education at an accredited college, university or technical school may apply for a Walton EMC - Operation Round Up scholarship. Applicants must demonstrate a dedication to community, a commitment to academics, a strong work ethic and extracurricular involvement.

Recipients will be selected by a committee comprised of Operation Round Up board members.

The program allows Walton EMC customer-owners to elect to round up their bill to the next dollar. The money collected from this program is used to further the goals of local nonprofit organizations and to assist individuals in need.

Funds for the Walton EMC - Operation Round Up scholarship were donated by Walton EMC as a result of a law which allows EMCs to donate unclaimed refunds toward community uses.

Applications are available at area high schools and online at waltonemc.com; they must be received by March 21.

Questions regarding applications may be directed to Sarah Malcom at 770-266-2391.

Free rain garden workshop to be held

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources Stormwater Management Division is hosting a free rain garden workshop this week.

The workshop, for Gwinnett residents, is being offered in conjunction with the Clean Water Campaign and Gwinnett County's Cooperative Extension Service.

Robert Brannen, Gwinnett County's Cooperative Extension Service director, said the workshop will teach how to plan and build a rain garden.

Rain gardens require less maintenance and fewer chemicals than lawns. Their purpose is to capture runoff from roofs and driveways and allow it to seep slowly into the ground. Rain gardens also help to preserve nearby streams and lakes by filtering pollutants and reducing the amount of runoff.

Brannen will inform residents how to select plants for their own rain gardens, discuss how rain gardens help reduce water bills and help protect waterways from pollution.

The workshop will be held at the Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Registration is required and space is limited. Please call 678-376-7126 or e-mail dwrswreg@gwinnettcounty.com to register.

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