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GWINNETT GAB: Buford resident wins car in raffle

Special Photo
 Parkview sophomore Maddy Reilly, left, junior Haley Bustle and senior Christin Pettibone stand in front of a group of photos they took that were displayed at My Atlanta, a community exhibit sponsored by Atlanta Celebrates Photography at the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The photos helped Parkview win the Best School Award. 

Special Photo Parkview sophomore Maddy Reilly, left, junior Haley Bustle and senior Christin Pettibone stand in front of a group of photos they took that were displayed at My Atlanta, a community exhibit sponsored by Atlanta Celebrates Photography at the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The photos helped Parkview win the Best School Award. 

Buford resident wins car in raffle

BUFORD — Buford resident Todd Perry won a new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro from Rick Hendrick Chevrolet in the Buford Athletic Boosters Club Car Raffle.

Perry's winning raffle ticket was drawn Oct. 30 at halftime of the Buford-Westminster football game.

The car raffle was a fundraiser to help raise money for the sports programs at Buford High School.

Perry is the parent of two students in Buford City Schools. His son participates in the Buford marching band.

North Gwinnett JROTC students keep road clean

SUWANEE — Thirty cadets from the North Gwinnett High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps recently reported for duty for the unit's biannual Adopt-A-Highway clean-up day.

For years, the JROTC unit has been keeping a mile of Buford Highway clean as a community service project. Once each semester, the students don orange vests and pick up trash on both sides of the road from the Suwanee Police Department to McGinnis Ferry Road.

Parkview wins Best School Award at exhibit

LILBURN — Parkview High School was recently honored with the Best School Award at My Atlanta, a community exhibit sponsored by Atlanta Celebrates Photography at the Piedmont Park Conservancy.

Parkview earned the recognition for a group of photos, taken by students Maddy Reilly, Haley Bustle and Christin Pettibone. The school received $500 for its photo program.

The students' photography teacher is Alexandra Kates.

Foundation named Business of the Month

DULUTH — The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce named the Foster Children's Foundation as the Business of the Month for November.

The Business of the Month award recognizes businesses in Gwinnett that make a difference in the local community through community development, Chamber involvement, outstanding customer service and outstanding community service.

The Foster Children's Foundation was incorporated in 2003 and helps provide for unmet needs of more than 1,000 children each year. The organization's programming includes the Tomorrow Matters Mentoring Program, which teaches independent living skills, as well as a Resource Center, where children can shop for needed clothing, school supplies and toiletries at no charge.

Visit www.fosterchildrensfoundation.org to make a tax-deductible donation, sign up to volunteer or learn more about the Foster Children's Foundation.

Norcross High wins play competition

NORCROSS — Norcross High School's theater arts students won the Georgia AAAAA One-Act Play competition earlier this month.

Top honors went to the cast, crew and director of "Lost in Yonkers," the Neil Simon play about two young teen boys sent to live with their domineering grandmother and eccentric relatives in Yonkers during World War II. The play prevailed over seven others from other regions throughout the state.

Director Gina Parrish, at the helm of Norcross theater arts for 18 years, has won the regional competition several times, but this was her first state championship trophy.

Four cast members were also singled out for their performances. Senior David Iduate, who played older brother Jay and won Best Actor in the regional competition, also won Best Actor in the state. Junior Erika Miranda, playing the ditzy but lovable Bella, was named Best Actress in the state. Named to the state all-star team as supporting actors and actresses were senior Christiana Weaver as Grandma and junior Braian Rivera as younger brother Artie.

All cast members, including senior Ben Presley, junior Emily Brannon, junior Andrew Schwab and stage manager Rachel Hackett, received medals for their participation in the state champion production.

Georgia Power recognizes two new teachers

LAWRENCEVILLE — Sara Eller, a prekindergarten teacher at Legacy Academy in Sugar Hill, and Emily Decker, and English/language arts teacher at Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, recently received a New Teacher Assistance Grant from Georgia Power.

The grants were awarded to 29 new teachers in Georgia. Teacher nominations were submitted to Georgia Power by the 18 Georgia public colleges and universities that have a school of education. To be eligible for the grant, candidates had to be in the top 25 percent of their class academically, be a first-year teacher employed by a public school in Georgia and demonstrate a high aptitude for teaching.

Georgia Power began the program in 2004 as a way to encourage new teachers to stay in the profession and to provide them with much-needed funds to purchase classroom supplies, equipment or materials not provided by their schools.

Eller is a graduate of Gainesville State College, and Decker graduated from Georgia State University. Both can use their $1,000 grants to purchase items such as books, educational CDs or DVDs, computers or projectors, or other supplies.

Suwanee wins awards for HAWK, budget document

SUWANEE — The first of its kind to be used in Georgia, Suwanee's HAWK (High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk) pedestrian signal was recently recognized with a Golden Shoe Award from the PEDS pedestrian advocacy organization.

At the 10th annual Golden Shoe Awards celebration in Atlanta, the city of Suwanee received one of eight awards presented for outstanding pedestrian-friendly initiatives.

The HAWK signal was activated at Buford Highway and Town Center Avenue in August as part of a larger railroad underpass project to help provide safer and easier pedestrian access between Town Center and historic Old Town. The two sections of downtown Suwanee are separated by a major state highway and railroad track.

In addition, Suwanee received recognition once again from the Government Finance Officers Association, this time for its 2009-10 budget presentation.

Suwanee's budget was awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the fourth consecutive year. The award acknowledges the budget's proficiency as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device.

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