Challenge celebrates 10 years
LAWRENCEVILLE - This year's 10th annual Gwinnett Parks Foundation Corporate Challenge began June 13 with laser tag and finished Sept. 19 with a 5K run.
Thirteen companies throughout Gwinnett competed in activities and challenges including basketball, billiards, bowling, disc golf, golf, kickball, sand volleyball, table tennis, tennis and trivia.
This year, Cisco placed first in Division A (100+ employees). Wika took second place.
First place in Division B (1-99 employees) went to Rehrig Pacific Company and second place to BravePoint.
Money raised from the Corporate Challenge goes toward recreation scholarships that allow children and senior citizens an opportunity to participate in summer camps, sports programs, swim lessons, and other recreation classes who may not have been financially able to do so. In the past decade, the Corporate Challenge has raised more than $92,000 toward the scholarship fund.
Major sponsors included the Gwinnett Parks Foundation, Gwinnett Daily Post, Cisco, Dish Network, Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation, Gwinnett Parks Foundation and Gwinnett United in Drug Education.
Travelers awards $10,000 to support Junior Achievement
NORCROSS - Junior Achievement of Georgia received a $10,000 grant in support of its entrepreneurship, personal financial literacy and work force readiness programs in classrooms across the state.
The grant was awarded by the Travelers Foundation, the charitable arm of Travelers, and will support JA programs in 20 Atlanta-area Title I classrooms, including 10 at Summerour Middle School in Norcross.
"In a recent poll of employers, conducted by Gallup on behalf of JA Worldwide, employers cited that those entering the work force are seriously lacking entrepreneurial and professional skills," said Jack Harris, president of Junior Achievement of Georgia. "Junior Achievement programs teach students these skills which are critical for success. Travelers Foundation's gift represents a significant investment in our state's future work force."
Local residents appointed to state authorities
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue recently appointed Kevin Clark of Braselton to the Georgia Higher Education Facilities Authority and Philip Davis of Stone Mountain to the Board of Early Care and Learning.
Clark, 55, serves as the deputy chief operating officer and the deputy executive counsel to Perdue. He began his career as a superintendent for a major local developer in Gwinnett County and rose through the ranks of the local construction industry and state government as an estimator, project manager, administrator and senior level manager. He has contributed to projects including the Georgia Dome, Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia World Congress Center Expansions and Philips Arena.
Clark earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and a law degree from John Marshall Law School. He and his wife, Cheryl, have one child.
Davis is the senior manager of Demand Response Solutions for Schneider Electric. Most recently, he served as senior vice president, chief operating officer and board secretary of Allied Utility Network and Subsidiaries. He is the board treasurer of Dream House for Medically Fragile Children and the chairman emeritus of the finance committee for Mountain Park United Methodist Church.
Davis earned two bachelor's degrees from Macalester College. He and his wife, Anresa, have two children.
Local firm wins award for use of historical records
NORCROSS - Norcross-based Brockington and Associates was recently recognized with a 2009 Archives Award for Excellence in Educational Use of Historical Records.
The award was presented by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board at the seventh annual ceremony in Morrow, which is home to the Georgia Archives. The awards recognize outstanding efforts in archives and records work in Georgia.
The History Workshop, a division of Brockington and Associates, worked with several state and federal agencies, including the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, the Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Public Broadcasting, to produce "The Immortal 600 Teaching Package." The Immortal 600 was a group of Confederate prisoners of war held in the Morris Island stockade in South Carolina, where they were exposed to cannon fire from the Confederate and Union armies.
The award is based on the project's effective use and advocacy of primary sources in the classroom. A letter from the Office of the Secretary of State, which oversees the Georgia Archives, and Advisory Board cited the "video and lesson plans designed to challenge intellect while enhancing the oral/written skills of eighth-grade students."
The package meets Georgia Performance Standards and has been promoted statewide and nationally in education newsletters. Teachers may download the package at www.gpb.org/georgiastories/story/immortal_six_hundred.
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