Volunteer receives award

LAWRENCEVILLE - Meredith Kaler Harris, of Lawrenceville, recently received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for her commitment to volunteering in the community.

The Star Struck Foundation, where Harris volunteers, received a $500 grant from The Allstate Foundation.

"This grant will provide much-needed support for the work of the Star Struck Foundation, a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to serving youth in crisis," Allstate Field Vice President Cliff Butler said.

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent corporation funded by contributions from the Allstate Insurance Company. Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that seek to improve the quality of life in communities across the country.

Singer wins $10,000

WINDER - Sarah Tollerson, a singer-songwriter who grew up in Winder and lives in Boston, was named a grand prize winner of the Tuition Tales Video Contest sponsored by Upromise.

Her video titled "Subway Singer" took first place in the Tuition Tales category of students who are paying back their student loans. She won a $10,000 prize.

Tollerson's video, in which she plays an original song about "singing in the Boston subway," was filmed on location where she has been making a living as a licensed performer since graduating from Berklee College of Music in August 2008. The video can be viewed at www.tuition-tales.com.

"Thanks to all of you who voted for me as I could not have won without my friends in Georgia," Tollerson said.

Georgia voters included former classmates, friends and teachers along with students and performers at 106 West, the music school and performance venue that her parents run in Winder.

Duluth to hold graduation for fifth, eighth grades

DULUTH - The city of Duluth and the Duluth cluster schools will celebrate the fifth- and eighth-grade graduates Saturday on the Duluth Town Green.

The ceremony will begin at 7:15 p.m. Fifth-grade graduates from Berkeley Lake, Chattahoochee, B.B. Harris and Chesney elementary schools and eighth-grade graduates from Duluth Middle School and their families should arrive by 6:45 p.m.

The celebration will feature the Duluth High School ROTC, performances and comments from Mayor Nancy Harris. Following the ceremony, the city will show the movie "Hotel for Dogs."

If necessary, a rain date will be posted on the city's Web site, www.duluthga.net.

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