Jackson EMC contributes Solar Sprinters for Earth Day

JEFFERSON - Students from eight middle schools in Jackson Electric Membership Corp.'s service area received Junior Solar Sprint car kits to celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday.

Junior Solar Sprint is a hands-on, disciplinary project aimed to motivate students to design and build small, solar-powered model cars.

"Our goal is to increase subject knowledge by using science know-how, creative thinking and experimentation within the schools, thereby encouraging students to pursue careers in the fields of science, math and engineering," said Kay Parks, community relations representative.

Gwinnett schools participating in the program are Sweetwater Middle and Hull Middle. The other schools are East Jackson Middle, Kings Bridge Middle, North Hall Middle, West Hall Middle, Madison County Middle and Banks County Middle.

Each team is required to build and design a model car, which must be powered by sunlight using a solar photovoltaic cell that converts the sun's energy into electricity.

The schools will have an internal race prior to a fall regional race that will take place when students return to school for the 2009-10 school year. The program was developed by Green Power EMC and is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Midwest Research Institute of Kansas City, Mo., managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and endorsed by the National Science Teachers Association.

For more information about Jackson EMC's renewable energy or solar-related opportunities, visit www.jacksonemc.com/solar.

Real estate offices collecting supplies for Gwinnett families

LAWRENCEVILLE - Northeast Atlanta Metro Association of Realtors (NAMAR) members in five Gwinnett County real estate offices are collecting food, infant clothing and funds for the Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry and Joseph's Storehouse Clothes Closet.

Part of NAMAR's "Come Forward to Give Back" initiative, the collection is ongoing through May 31. Volunteers may drop food, infant clothing or monetary donations at the following locations:

· Re/Max Around Atlanta, 2280 Satellite Blvd., Duluth

· Coldwell Banker, 1970 Main St. E. No. D,

Snellville

· Keller Williams, 2170 Satellite Blvd., Duluth

· Metro Brokers, 3330 Satellite Blvd., Duluth

· Prudential, 1551 Janmar Road, Snellville

The Lawrenceville Co-op is an ecumenical organization sponsored and operated by an alliance of area churches, combining the resources of church members to meet the emergency needs of people in the community. For more information on the ministry, visit www.LawrencevilleCo-op.org or call 770-339-7887.

Joseph's Storehouse Clothes Closet is a Christian outreach ministry of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, created by minister Joyce Dennison in 1999 to provide clothing and encouragement at no cost to all in need. For more information, call Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Lawrenceville at 770-962-1910.

Hampton Inn named national award winner

LAWRENCEVILLE - Hampton Inn & Suites hotels has honored Hampton Inn-Lawrenceville/I-85/Sugarloaf with the company's Lighthouse Award, designating it as one of the hotel chain's top performing hotels among more than 1,600 Hampton properties.

The hotel at 6010 Sugarloaf Parkway was recognized for its high rankings in overall accommodations, service and quality. The award criteria was based on customer feedback measured through guest satisfaction surveys on the hotel, as well as product quality and service scores measured quarterly by the Hampton Hotels brand.

The five-story, 127-room Hampton Inn is located near such area attractions as Medieval Times, Gwinnett Arena, Discover Mills Mall and Mall of Georgia.

Home Depot pledges $300,000 in scholarships

ATLANTA - The Home Depot recently established its first Trade Scholarship Program. Through the program, the company will award more than 600 students enrolled in building and construction trade programs $500 to help offset the cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies. In total, more than $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded this fall.

The scholarship program is open to students nationwide currently enrolled in a building and construction trade program at a college, university or accredited educational institution, including Gwinnett Technical College, which will be entering into the final year or term of its degree or career program. Winners will be selected based on academic performance, leadership and work experience.

English and Spanish applications are available online at www.homedepot.com/tradescholarship. The application deadline is June 20. Winners will be announced in September.

For more information, visit the Web site or call 877-743-5327.

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