GWINNETT GAB: Jackson EMC awards $32K in grant money

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 Gwinnett Enrichment Center CEO Whitney Fuchs, left, holds a $3,000 Jackson EMC Foundation check presented by Jackson EMC Gwinnett District Manager Randy Dellinger and Foundation Board Member Joyce Britt. Funds will help provide training activities for developmentally disabled adults and youth. 

Special Photo Gwinnett Enrichment Center CEO Whitney Fuchs, left, holds a $3,000 Jackson EMC Foundation check presented by Jackson EMC Gwinnett District Manager Randy Dellinger and Foundation Board Member Joyce Britt. Funds will help provide training activities for developmentally disabled adults and youth. 

Jackson EMC awards $32K in grant money

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Jackson EMC Foundation, a charity funded by the cooperative's members, at its monthly board meeting awarded $32,000 in grants to four agencies serving Gwinnett County residents.

Nspire Outreach, a Lawrenceville nonprofit serving area homeless, received $14,000 to provide local homeless men and women with continuing education through GED courses, online courses, career training or local college or technical school attendance, as well as equipment and technical support for Soundz Academy.

Computers For Youth received $10,000 to help fund Louise Radloff Middle School's participation in the Take It Home program, which provides disadvantaged sixth-graders with free refurbished computers preloaded with a suite of educational and word processing software to help them do better in school by improving their home learning environment.

Gwinnett Community Clinic in Snellville received $5,000 to help fund a part-time nurse practitioner position that allows the clinic to see more indigent patients.

Gwinnett Enrichment Center in Norcross, which provides developmentally disabled adults and youth a variety of facility and community-based activities for life skills and adult enrichment, received $3,000 for training activities materials that support development of social skills, prevocational skills, safety and mobility, communications and sign language, daily living skills, computer skills, health and wellness, exercise and fitness, art and music therapy.

Mall hosts family festival

DULUTH — Gwinnett Place Mall is hosting an afternoon of entertainment on Saturday.

From 2 to 4 p.m., Family Festival attendees will be able to sample food from Mega Mart and watch the Taiwanese School of Atlanta Drum Team. Children can jump in a bouncy house and participate in other games and activities.

In preparation for Mother's Day, Publix will provide undecorated cakes. For $6, families can decorate their own cake for Mother's Day. Belk will also help families prepare by providing gift-wrapping.

Also on Saturday, XXI Century Entertainment will present The Simon Kidgits Face of Gwinnett Place, held on the Upper Level Center Court, with registration and interviews between noon and 3 p.m.

Three children will be chosen to represent the Simon Kidgits Club at Gwinnett Place activities throughout the year, serving as participants in Gwinnett Place fashion shows and as spokespersons at Simon Kidgits events. The winners' pictures will be placed on display at Simon Guest Services and at Simon Kidgits events.

Gwinnett Place Mall is located at 2100 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth. For more information, call Gwinnett Place Mall Guest Services at 770-476-5160.

Norcross plans Kids 'n Kites event

n NORCROSS — The city of Norcross is hosting an afternoon of free kite-flying fun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Lillian Webb Park in downtown historic Norcross.

The city will be giving away free kite kits to children. The kids can fly their creations or bring their own kite.

During the Kids ‘n Kites event, visitors can participate in kite making and see an exhibit of unusual kites, including some once used for military purposes, and a kite-flying exhibition.

For more information, visit www.aplacetoimagine.com.

PAWfest returns to Rhodes Jordan Park

n LAWRENCEVILLE — In celebration of Be Kind to Animals Week, Gwinnett Humane Society will bring PAWfest back to Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The 17th annual PAWfest is the largest community awareness, education and fundraising event for the Gwinnett Humane Society. Voted as one of the Best Local Festivals in Gwinnett Magazine's Best of Gwinnett issue, organizers of the event strive to educate the public on pet-related issues while celebrating the human-pet bond through a variety of fun, family activities and on-site demonstrations.

Registration is available online for the PAW Parade at www.firstgiving.com/gwinnetthumane. Leashed, vaccinated dogs are welcome on this beautiful, scenic 1.5-mile walk around Rhodes Jordan Park.

The PAW Parade begins at noon with on-site registration beginning at 11 a.m. Prizes are awarded for various levels of fundraising efforts, including a PAWfest T-shirt and Goodie Bag for the minimum $25 registration fee.

For more information on PAWfest 2010 and the Gwinnett Humane Society, visit www.gwinnetthumane.com or call 770-798-7711.

Georgia Tech student wins fellowship

SNELLVILLE — Andrea Barrett, a biomedical engineering student from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a graduate of Brookwood High School, has been awarded a Hertz Fellowship.

She is one of four women and 11 men selected from an elite pool of nearly 600 applications and is the only student from the southeastern United States to receive the fellowship this year.

Valued at more than $250,000, Hertz Fellowships are a unique, no-strings-attached award that allow exceptional applied scientists and engineers the freedom to innovate and provide support lasting up to five years of their graduate studies. Considered the nation's most generous Ph.D. fellowship, it is provided by the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, one of the nation's leading nonprofit organizations.

Scheduled to graduate in May, Barrett is the recipient of the President's Scholarship, the highest merit award given at Georgia Tech. In 2008, she received the Goldwater Scholarship, a prestigious national award for undergraduates pursuing graduate education in science or engineering.

Dress Barn supports Relay For Life

LAWRENCEVILLE — Dress Barn recently announced it will be continuing its annual participation as an American Cancer Society Relay For Life national corporate team program member for 2010.

As part of its partnership, Dress Barn stores will be selling its signature Hope Bracelet to rally support from their communities and to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Relay For Life is the largest global cancer-fighting movement that unites communities across the world to raise awareness and funds in support of the American Cancer Society's programs and research initiatives.

In addition to Dress Barn's sales associate and community involvement in Relay events throughout the nation this spring and summer, the Hope Bracelet will be sold in all Dress Barn stores for $5, while supplies last. Dress Barn will contribute the entire net profit of $2.50 to the American Cancer Society.

A Dress Barn store is located in Discover Mills in Lawrenceville.

Kaiser Permanente receives 2010 community award

LAWRENCEVILLE — Kaiser Permanente recently announced it received the 2010 Outstanding Community Partner award from EarthShare of Georgia for its contributions to the environmental organization through the years.

Since 2004, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia has pledged more than $300,000 to EarthShare of Georgia's member organizations, and it continues to have the largest campaign in the private sector. As an Earth Day sponsor, Kaiser Permanente has involved thousands of its employees and physicians as volunteers in environmentally related improvement projects throughout metro Atlanta.

The 2010 Outstanding Community Partner award was presented April 23 during the Earth Day Leadership Breakfast held at the Georgia Aquarium.

New alternative school company opens doors

LAWRENCEVILLE — School Your Way, an educational approach that customizes academic programs to fit a child's specific learning style, has opened in Lawrenceville.

Education expert Stephanie Crane and her partner, Jane Autler, own the business.

School Your Way begins the process by visiting interested families and evaluating students to determine how they best learn. The company then assists the families in designing a curriculum, hiring a teacher and creating a learning environment.

For more information, call 770-380-2693 or visit www.schoolyourway.com.

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