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Gwinnettians among Peabody student judges

Each year, the initial round of evaluations of Peabody Awards entries is prepared by committees composed of University of Georgia faculty members and selected student judges.

This year, several of the student judges hail from Gwinnett: Patricia Andrews of Duluth, Alexandere Heerman of Suwanee, Kelly Hemphill of Lawrenceville, Lauren Lazarus of Duluth, Anthony Lombardo of Duluth, Amelia Sims of Duluth and Jennifer Wang of Duluth.

The George Foster Peabody Awards recognize distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by TV and radio stations, networks, producing organizations, individuals and the World Wide Web.

The awards program, established in 1940 and administered by UGA's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, is the oldest, most prestigious honor in electronic media.

For more information, visit www.peabody.uga.edu.

Prize money to fund mentoring and tutoring programs

The Weather Channel Interactive has announced a partnership with the National Science & Technology Education Partnership (NSTEP) to fund local mentoring and tutoring programs with prize money won from a recent Google-sponsored technology development contest.

The Weather Channel Interactive will fund programs that will enable Atlanta-area students to register with NSTEP's TechXplore mentoring program and Study Buddy math tutoring homework assistance program. Parents and teachers are encouraged to register their local middle and high school for participation in the programs at www.nstep-online.org.

The Weather Channel Mobile team chose to donate its $25,000 cash prize received as a semifinalist in a recent Android mobile application contest. Ultimately, The Weather Channel team selected NSTEP as the recipient to support NSTEP's goal of promoting achievement in science, math and technology at local middle and high schools.

The $25,000 cash donation will fund participation in NSTEP's Study Buddy online math tutoring and homework assistance program and its TechXplore virtual mentoring program.

The Study Buddy program offers free peer-to-peer tutoring to support middle and high school students in pre-algebra, algebra 1 and 2, and geometry. The Study Buddy program connects volunteer high school math honor student tutors with struggling math students over the Internet, using specially designed programs that allow for easy collaboration.

Through TechXplore, NSTEP matches technology professionals with teams of middle and high school students to help young people become passionate about science and technology. Technology professionals such as scientists, mathematicians and engineers can volunteer as mentors to work with student teams by visiting www.nstep-online.org.

The Weather Channel is targeting its support to metro Atlanta schools or groups that register to take part in the Study Buddy or TechXplore programs. Registration for TechXplore is ongoing through the month of January. Registration for Study Buddy is happening right now and tutors are available to help. Interested parents and teachers can get more information and register their schools at www.nstep-online.org.

Heather Darenberg writes about education for the Gwinnett Daily Post. More Good News From Schools appears online Monday.