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Gwinnett Gab 10/2/2008

Parent Coalition to have workshop on discipline

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett Parent Coalition to Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline will conduct a workshop Saturday to help the community understand the links between student behavior, Gwinnett County Public Schools' disciplinary policy, the loss of educational opportunity and the juvenile/adult court system.

During the workshop, "What Your Student/Parent Handbook Didn't Really Tell You," the coalition will cover policy and data associated with the student discipline code, including behavior intervention plans, Rule 12 warnings, chronically misbehaving student notifications, the disciplinary hearing process and a school resource officer's ability to investigate and file juvenile complaints with the courts.

The free workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Five Forks library branch at 2780 Five Forks Trickum Road in Lawrenceville. Participants must bring a copy of their GCPS Student/Parent Handbook.

Because space is limited to 35 participants, please RSVP by e-mailing gwinnett.stpp@yahoo.com.

GGC adds to corporate relations office

LAWRENCEVILLE - Raychel Robbins Rizzo has been named the assistant director of corporate and foundation relations at Georgia Gwinnett College.

Rizzo has worked in both the higher education and voluntary sectors, previously holding the position of development officer in charge of foundations and organizations at the Broward College Foundation in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She also has experience in nonprofit management with Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization, and has worked as a consultant in large-scale event planning, management, team building, human dynamics and board/leadership development.

In her new role, Rizzo will work to connect corporate and foundation philanthropy to the mission of the college.

Rizzo and her husband, Scott, live in Athens.

5th Serrano ride set for Sunday

MONROE - The fifth annual Tony Serrano Century Ride will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday at Atha Road Elementary School at 821 H.D. Atha Road in Monroe.

The registration fee is $35 per rider. Mileage options include 35-, 60-, 80- and 100-mile rides. Rest stops and SAG vehicles will be provided.

Serrano was an avid triathlete training for an Ironman competition when he was struck by a car and killed in August 2004. Proceeds of the ride will benefit Healing Angels Medical Clinic, Atlanta Bicycle Campaign and Georgia Bikes.

To register, visit www.Active.com. For more information, e-mail tonysride2008@yahoo.com.

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