Gwinnett Tech program picked for federal study

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Technical College's Pre-GED program has been selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Education's Strengthening Adult Reading Instructional Practices study.

The study will focus on the effectiveness of the program's Student Achievement in Reading (STAR) adult reading program by examining the types of instructional methods and content being used in classes taught by STAR-trained instructors and the reading outcomes of adult learners who participate in these classes.

The Pre-GED program was selected for the study based on factors such as the size and duration of the reading classes, the diagnostic assessments used in the classes and the reading components taught in the classes. The study will begin this fall.

Additionally, Justine Lynch, chief GED examiner at Gwinnett Tech, has been chosen to participate on the marketing team for release of the newest GED tests, planned for 2012.

Chick-fil-A rewards customers

BUFORD - The Chick-fil-A restaurant at Mall of Georgia at Mill Creek is hosting a customer appreciation week through Sunday.

The event, "Peace, Love, Chicken," includes family activities, a 70s-themed party and free food.

Free Icedream samples will be given away from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today. From 5 to 8 p.m., the party will feature live music, a dance floor, TV trivia and contests. There will be prizes for the best-dressed individual and family or group.

From 6 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, customers will receive a complimentary chicken biscuit.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the restaurant will provide VIP parking for classic cars whose owners register for the "Enjoy the Classics: Cars, Coca-Cola and Chicken" event. The first 20 to sign up will receive a dash plate and a goody bag. To register, send your name and car make, model and year to

The restaurant is located at 3235 Buford Drive, Buford, in front of the Mall of Georgia. Call 678-482-4448 for more information.

Kawneer employees volunteer

NORCROSS - Employees of Kawneer, an Alcoa Co., spent time with seniors from the Norcross and Buford Senior Centers at their annual Independence Day picnic, held at Jones Bridge Park.

Lisa Anderson, the company's human resources manager, volunteered along with 10 co-workers. The group cooked and served hot dogs and dessert.

The group's volunteer service met the Alcoa Foundation Action Grant criteria as well, meaning the company will donate $3,000 to the Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, call Gary Galloway, volunteer coordinator for Gwinnett County Senior Services, at 770-822-8837.

Garage sale to benefit adults with disabilities

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Village at Creekside will host a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. All proceeds will benefit Hi-Hope Service Center, a nonprofit organization committed to providing quality services to adults with developmental disabilities. The Village at Creekside is located at 860 Duluth Highway, Suite 135, in Lawrenceville. For more information, call Reanna Singh at 770-963-8694 ext. 11.

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