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Collins Hill Eagles raise $27K for charity

The Collins Hill High School football team has shown their commitment to community service throughout the school year by participating in fundraisers to support local charitable organizations.

Most recently, the students raised $27,509.54 for Children's Miracle Network to benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. During their 15th annual Lift-A-Thon, players raised the money through pledges from their family, friends and neighbors and, in turn, agreed to complete a series of core exercises, squats and bench presses for the donations.

To show its appreciation for the students' dedication and commitment to serving their community, Delta Community Credit Union will make a donation to the Collins Hill football team.

The Collins Hill football program includes 172 players representing the freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams.

"My guys have really stepped up this season both on and off the field and are setting a good example for student-athletes all over the state," said Billy Wells, head coach of the Collins Hill Eagles. "We appreciate companies like Delta Community that recognize our players for their community achievements. It's important for the students to learn that giving back really does pay off."

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is a not-for-profit provider of pediatric care for children facing serious illnesses and medical conditions. The money donated by the students will benefit the Children's Asthma Center.

139 GCPS entries move on to International Media Festival

With 139 projects from 35 different schools, Gwinnett County Public Schools was well represented at this year's International Student Media Festival.

The competition is designed to stimulate student interest and involvement in all types of media production. This year's event took place Thursday through Saturday in Louisville, Ky.

Gwinnett students joined students from around the world as they competed for the top spot in several different categories including live action video, animation, mixed media and sequential still productions.

The students earned the invitation to compete at the international level after placing at the top during the Georgia Student Media Festival, which took place earlier this year. More than a quarter of the 1,126 entries in the state-level competition were submitted by Gwinnett students. Before the state event, students competed at their local schools and later at a districtwide event.

In addition to the 139 student projects, 30 single photo essays from Phoenix High also were judged at the International Media Festival. Projects under the single photo essay category are submitted straight to the international competition.

Results of the competition were not available as of press time.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.