GWINNETT GAB: Jackson EMC Foundation awards grants

Jackson EMC Foundation awards grants

LAWRENCEVILLE — Three Gwinnett County organizations were awarded $24,500 in grants by the Jackson EMC Foundation, a charity funded by the electric cooperative’s members through their contributions to Operation Round Up, during the June Foundation board of directors meeting.

Signs & Wonders Inc. in Lawrenceville was awarded a $10,000 grant to help purchase food and a van to serve homeless residents of the Quinn House, substance abuse program participants and area seniors.

Step by Step Recovery Inc. in Lawrenceville was awarded a $7,500 grant to help up to 25 new individuals get started in its residential treatment program that helps men and women overcome addictions to alcohol and drugs.

An Infant Car Seat Safety Program offered to parents of newborns who cannot afford one by the Gwinnett Hospital System Foundation has been awarded a $7,000 grant.

Any individual or charitable organization in the 10 counties served by Jackson EMC (Clarke, Banks, Barrow, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and Oglethorpe) may apply for a Foundation grant by completing an application, available online at www.jacksonemc.com/Guidelines-for-Funding.106.0.html or at local Jackson EMC offices. Applicants do not need to be a member of Jackson EMC.

East Metro Health employee honored with scholarship

LAWRENCEVILLE — The National Black Nurses Association has awarded a scholarship to Maxine Henry, a program operations specialist with the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments.

Henry received a $2,000 Dr. Lauranne Sams scholarship made payable to her school, Brenau University School of Nursing. The award will assist Henry as she completes her nursing education.

Henry decided to return to school to major in nursing because of her passion for care provision and children and because of the severe nursing shortage throughout the state. Henry currently has a degree in finance.

The NBNA Scholarship and Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday in San Diego.

Indoor car sales business OK’d

SUWANEE — Suwanee City Council members recently voted to grant a special-use permit to Thomas Matthews, allowing him to operate an indoor car sales business at 3550 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. According to Matthews, only 10 to 12 high-end cars will be in the building at one time.

Both the Planning Commission and Planning Department recommended approval of the permit, with conditions that no outdoor sales or on-site maintenance take place on the property.

Registration open for September ACT Test

LAWRENCEVILLE — Registration is now open for the Sept. 11 ACT achievement test.

The cost for the ACT test without writing is $33. When combined with the optional ACT Writing Test, the total cost is $48. Students who qualify may apply for a fee waiver through their high school counselor.

Students who wish to take the college admission and placement exam in September are encouraged to register by Friday. Beyond that date, registration will be available until Aug. 20 for an extra $21 fee.

Most students register online at www.actstudent.org. Students may also pick up registration forms from their high school counseling offices.

The national ACT September exam is the earliest college admissions test date of the school year. For high school seniors, this date is an excellent opportunity to receive test results in time for early decision applications.

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam. It tests what students have actually learned in school, not their aptitude for learning. The ACT also measures what students need to know to be ready for entry-level college-credit courses based on ACT College Readiness Standards.

AKC honors Lawrenceville Kennel Club

LAWRENCEVILLE — The American Kennel Club announced recently that the Lawrenceville Kennel Club has been named a recipient of the AKC Community Achievement Award for its focus on training as an important part of promoting responsible dog ownership.

The AKC Community Achievement Awards support and recognize outstanding public education and legislation efforts of AKC-affiliated clubs, AKC-recognized federations and their members. The AKC selects award recipients who promote purebred dogs and responsible dog ownership within their communities or who have successfully introduced, monitored and responded to legislative issues affecting dog ownership.

As part of a new county initiative, Lawrenceville Kennel Club members serve as volunteer trainers with Operation Second Chance, a program started by the Gwinnett County sheriff. A local private rescue organization places dogs from the county animal shelter with inmates at the Gwinnett County jail and a group of Lawrenceville Kennel Club members teach inmates how to train the “jail dogs” to make them more adoptable.

Obedience classes at the Lawrenceville Kennel Club Training Building are geared toward the general public to encourage well-behaved dogs and responsible dog ownership. AKC Canine Good Citizen tests are offered at the end of each eight-week class session.

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