Gwinnett seeks community mentors

SUWANEE - Gwinnett County Public Schools is seeking volunteers who could partner with the school system to offer additional support to students through the school system's Community-Based Mentoring Program, a locally developed initiative designed to serve middle school boys who are at-risk academically and behaviorally.

Launched this year, the program recruits and trains community members to become role models and serve the school district by becoming a mentor to a student. An orientation on how to become a mentor will be held on Tuesday at the school district's Instructional Support Center, 437 Old Peachtree Road N.W., Suwanee. The program begins at 6 p.m.

The Community-Based Mentoring Program identifies students with both an at-school adviser and a mentor in the community. In addition to academics, the program will focus on self-discipline, attendance, behavior and attitude, as all have an impact on achievement. The adult community mentors will follow a curriculum developed by Gwinnett educators. At an orientation in September, 44 volunteers signed up to become mentors. Another 38 community members already are having an impact on a student's life this school year.

Community members interested in becoming a mentor should contact the Division of Teaching and Learning by calling 678-301-7321 or 770-314-3614.

Coupon seminar scheduled at Collins Hill

SUWANEE - Collins Hill High School and Phi Delta Kappa are hosting an evening with Scarlett Auten and CouponWorkshops.com to teach ways to save time and money with coupons.

The event is scheduled from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Collins Hill High School, 50 Taylor Road, Suwanee.

Tickets are $20 each, and participants are asked to pay at the door. However, space is limited, so those interested should register by Monday by calling Stacy Byous at 770-682-4130.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Keep Georgia Safe and the Gwinnett Children's Shelter.

Volunteers participate in Make A Difference Day

NORCROSS - BJ's Wholesale Club in Norcross, students from Norcross Elementary and General Mills teamed up Saturday for "USA Weekend" magazine's national Make A Difference Day.

Together, the volunteers created "Help Those in Need Good Deed Snack Bags" that will be donated to Rainbow Village, a nonprofit organization that provides community-based transitional housing to families in domestic or economic crisis.

The nation's largest day of volunteering gives BJ's and local children a chance to share through community service and to learn that their actions can make a difference.

Norcross Elementary is this year's recipient in Norcross of BJ's Adopt-A-School Program, which started as a community development project in 1996. Through the ADAS Program, the school works with BJ's to develop customized partnership plans focused on curriculum enhancement, community involvement and fundraising.

Local dog named runner-up in Dogs of Valor Awards

LOGANVILLE - The Humane Society of the United States announced that Charley, a West Highland terrier from Loganville, was named a runner-up in the second annual Dogs of Valor Awards, sponsored by PetPlan Pet Insurance.

Charley was chosen to receive the honor by a panel of celebrity judges that included big-screen hero dog Benji, artist Ron Burns, professional race car champion Randy Pobst and television's courtroom animal advocate Jude David Young.

In August 2008, Roy Monie of Conyers was climbing a ladder to the second story of his rental property when he lost his balance and fell to the ground. Charley responded from inside his nearby home by barking and pacing back and forth. His owner, Frances Gippert, took him outside.

Charley pulled Gippert toward Monie's home, leading her down the street. She found a semi-conscious Monie lying in the shrubs. Gippert rushed home to call 911. Help arrived just in time, as Monie was in critical condition with brain hemorrhaging and a collapsed lung. Thanks to Charley's persistence, Monie survived. He has since developed a friendship with Gippert.

To honor his efforts, Charley and Gippert received a framed Dogs of Valor certificate, an original sterling silver dog tag by Bella Tocca Tags, and a signed, limited edition art print, "Sirius," by Ron Burns.

Free SAT, ACT test prep available

LAWRENCEVILLE - Thanks to eKnowledge and concerned professional athletes, SAT/ACT PowerPrep programs priced at $200 are available free to students.

In its fourth consecutive year, the eKnowledge NFL and MLB sponsorship has donated more than $25 million of SAT/ACT software programs helping more than 120,000 students and families.

The program is supported by Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves, former Tampa Bay running back Warrick Dunn, and many national organizations, including the National Federation of State High School Associations and Boys and Girls Club of America.

Initially created for students who were impacted by the military and those serving in the military, the sponsorships have opened up the program for all students in the 2009-10 school year.

To learn more about the SAT/ACT PowerPrep program and to obtain a free program, go to www.eknowledge.com/nfl and enter sponsorship code 27487D88CF. The code will eliminate all costs expect a $13.84 fee per standard program for technical and customer support, registration, licensure, processing, and handling and shipping.

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