Hockey team's community service project a success

GRAYSON - The Grayson Jr. Rams middle school roller hockey team recently completed its first community service project.

The team collected 1,921 items for the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry, said Bill Schriver, program director and head coach.

The players were given four weeks to collect as many items as they could from the co-op's needs list. The Gwinnett Gladiators gave adult replica jerseys to the two players who collected the most items - Tristen Malone, who collected 339 items, and Ethan Schriver, who collected 323 items - and the Gladiators mascot, Maximus, helped the team deliver the food on March 14.

The players that participated are Brandon Sanders, Jack Branch and Pete Branch, all of the 2A team; Dillon Smith, Mitch Newell, Tristen Malone, Alex Suciu, Ethan Schriver, Collin McCants, Eric Vaughn, Benji Britt, Nick DiCarlo and Zack Sinclair, all of the 1A team; and future Rams Ali Suciu and Dalton Malone.

GGC professor named 2009-10 Governor's Teaching Fellow

LAWRENCEVILLE - C. Douglas Johnson was recently named a 2009-10 Governor's Teaching Fellow.

The Governor's Teaching Fellows Program was instituted by former Georgia Gov. Zell Miller in an effort to provide Georgia's higher education faculty opportunities to develop important teaching skills with the hopes of improving the quality of instruction in Georgia's colleges and universities. The program is designed to challenge faculty members with leading-edge instructional practices, which includes technological advances, learning assessments and pedagogical scholarship.

Johnson is an associate professor of management at Georgia Gwinnett College.

Ashworth College supports county Humane Society

NORCROSS - Throughout the month of March, Ashworth College administration and staff donated a variety of items to be used by the Gwinnett Humane Society, ranging from pet food to cleaning and office supplies.

One of Ashworth College's most popular programs is veterinary assisting, making the issue of animal care important to many of Ashworth's instructors and staff. Ashworth also offers a range of health care, technology and business programs.

Throughout the year, Ashworth makes a concentrated effort to support other causes, including Dress for Success Atlanta, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and the March of Dimes.

Ashworth College, a Norcross-based distance learning institution, offers online high school, associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees.

State offers tax break

ATLANTA - Georgia offers taxpayers a state income tax deduction of up to $2,000 per beneficiary per year when they use the Path2College 529 Plan to save for a college education.

Contributions made by April 15 are eligible for deductions from taxpayers' 2008 Georgia state income taxes. A transfer of funds from another 529 college savings plan is not eligible for the tax deduction.

Anyone can set up a Path2College 529 account for themselves or a loved one. There are no start up or monthly maintenance fees, and every Georgia taxpayer who invests is eligible for the tax deduction, regardless of income. The minimum initial investment is $25.

Any account earnings are free from federal income tax when used for qualified higher education expenses. Path2College 529 account savings can be used towards tuition as well as any other qualified costs, including student fees, books, supplies and certain room and board costs. Unlike the HOPE scholarship, funds can be used at virtually any school in the U.S. and many schools abroad.

To contribute to or to open an account, visit www.path2college529.com or call 877-424-4377.

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