Gwinnett sports teams unite to support literacy

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett Gladiators and the Gwinnett Braves are partnering with United Way in Gwinnett County and SPARK Georgia to host "Live United" theme days in support of early education and literacy.

Individuals are encouraged to bring new and gently used books for children up to 14 years of age to the following events:

· Gwinnett Gladiators home games - 7:35 p.m. March 27 and 7:05 p.m. March 28

· Gwinnett Braves home game - 7 p.m. April 25

"The importance of reading and writing begins early in a child's development - years before kindergarten - and is a direct result of adult interaction and guidance," said Demetrius Jordan, area director of the United Way in Gwinnett County. "Children who enter kindergarten with pre-reading skills are more likely to become good readers and less likely to fall behind in school."

Norcross hotel clerk wins $50,000

NORCROSS - A hotel clerk from Norcross is accommodating a $50,000 Georgia Lottery win. Radha Patel, 27, won a top prize playing the instant game Jumbo Bucks Classic.

RK Foods, located at 1194 W. Currahee St. in Toccoa, sold the lucky ticket. Patel was stunned when she saw that she won.

Patel said she waited more than three months to claim her prize because of an extended trip to India for a family wedding. She said the lottery win has changed her life.

"I'm planning to buy a business," she shared. "I can finish my dreams now."

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $10.5 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia's Pre-K Program. More than 1.1 million students have received HOPE, and more than 940,000 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

Yard sale to help students attend conference

SUWANEE - North Gwinnett DECA, an association for marketing education students, is having a yard sale Saturday to help cover the costs for students to compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

The yard sale, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., will take place at North Gwinnett High's softball parking lot. Some local businesses have donated items for a silent auction.

Fifteen students will compete at the conference April 28 to May 3, said Jacqueline Huffman, North Gwinnett's marketing coordinator. The cost of the trip is more than $900 per student.

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