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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Georgia PTA honors Gwinnett leaders who support schools

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

As the 2010-11 school year gets under way, Gwinnett County PTA and PTSA units already are working to support the teaching and learning taking place in Gwinnett County Public Schools.

In fact, the support they provide to their local schools recently earned several individuals and units recognition from the Georgia PTA. The state organization recognized the efforts of a number of parent leaders, educators and students who support Gwinnett schools.

The winners were nominated by their local unit and selected by representatives in their PTA district. The following Gwinnett PTAs and individuals were honored by the Georgia PTA:

* Outstanding District -- 12th District, Carol Ranft, district director

* Outstanding Principal -- Devon Williams, Couch Middle

* Outstanding School Nurse -- Carolyn Johnson, Camp Creek Elementary

* Outstanding Local Unit (Middle School) -- Couch Middle PTSA, District 12, Area III

DOE honors GCPS

nutrition program

Over the summer, the Georgia Department of Education recognized Gwinnett County Public Schools' School Nutrition Program with two Best Practices awards for the district's commitment to providing students with healthy and nutritious meal choices.

GCPS was the winner of the Georgia USDA Best Practice Award for Promoting a Healthy School Environment. The school system earned this recognition as a result of its initiatives to provide healthy meals. In additional to its vegetarian line and all-natural products, the district also contributes to creating a healthy environment with its ongoing Nutrition Education and Training project, which educates students about making healthy choices.

The school system also won the Georgia USDA Best Practice Award for Increasing Participation in School Lunch. The district earned this award for making school lunch available to students at Phoenix High, a nontraditional school that does not operate a cafeteria and therefore could not provide meal service to its students. In the spring, the school system installed new vending machines at Phoenix, allowing the school to serve the same nutritious and healthy meals that students enjoy at traditional schools.

As a result, Phoenix has seen a 14.9 percent increase in student participation since the vending machines were installed. Overall, 81.1 percent of Gwinnett students ate lunch at school during the 2009-10 school year. That's more than a 2 percent increase from the previous year.

Schools earn perfect marks on cafeteria

health inspections

More than 40 school cafeterias earned a perfect score on their 2010 health inspections.

These schools are as follows:

* Alford Elementary

* Annistown Elementary

* Arcado Elementary

* Archer High

* Bay Creek Middle

* Berkmar High

* Berkmar Middle

* Camp Creek Elementary

* Centerville Elementary

* Chattahoochee Elementary

* Corley Elementary

* Craig Elementary

* Creekland Middle

* Crews Middle

* Dyer Elementary

* Five Forks Middle

* Fort Daniel Elementary

* Head Elementary

* Hopkins Elementary

* Kanoheda Elementary

* Knight Elementary

* Lanier Middle

* Lilburn Elementary

* McKendree Elementary

* Meadowcreek Elementary

* Meadowcreek High

* Monarch School

* Mountain Park Elementary

* Mountain View High

* Nesbit Elementary

* Norton Elementary

* Parkview High

* Partee Elementary

* Patrick Elementary

* Rock Springs Elementary

* Shiloh Elementary

* Sugar Hill Elementary

* Suwanee Elementary

* Trickum Middle

* Twin Rivers Middle

* White Oak Elementary

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