Community organizes group to support Norcross schools

NORCROSS -- The community is rallying around Norcross schools.

A group of parents, community leaders and business leaders formed the Norcross Community Schools Partnership, a not-for-profit with a goal of enhancing students' experiences.

The cluster includes Beaver Ridge, Norcross, Peachtree, Simpson and Stripling elementary schools and Pinckneyville and Summerour middle schools. The group said they would work with the Norcross High School Foundation as well.

"We plan to mobilize the community with an outreach to provide the services and funding needed to help the schools achieve their goals," said the partnership's president Carolyn Collins. "To define those goals, we'll be working with school administrators and officials as well as working closely with the Gwinnett County Board of Education and other school agencies."

In its first efforts, the group will focus on academic initiatives, funding strategic projects and establishing community mentors, a press release said.

"We've got outstanding teachers, students and administrators in our area schools," Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson said. "For instance, Norcross High School has the highest ranked International Baccalaureate program in Georgia, and SAT scores that are higher that the national average. The public just needs to hear more about our schools' history of success."

The organization has already begun planning its first fundraising effort -- a festival called "Fall Frolic," scheduled for Oct. 23. The event will include music, kids crafts and games, history tours and trolley rides and will end with a black-tie options "Harvest Ball."

For more information about the organization, go to www.norcrosscsp.org or call 678-615-0593.