GWINNETT GAB: Dyslexia expert to give free presentation

Dyslexia expert to give free presentation

LAWRENCEVILLE — Susan Barton, a nationally recognized dyslexia expert, will give a free presentation at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Sunrise Baptist Church in Lawrenceville.

Barton will discuss the classic warning signs of dyslexia, the latest brain and genetic research and techniques proven to improve reading, writing and spelling skills. Barton is the founder of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia in San Jose, Calif., and is known for her dedication to helping children and adults with dyslexia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The three-hour lecture is open to the public. Sunrise Baptist Church is located at 3000 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville.

For more information or to reserve a seat, call Laura Warner at 770-277-4126 or Lee Goodwin at 770-339-7116 or sign up online at www.SunriseBC.EventBrite.com.

Fundraiser scheduled for Brookwood teen with leukemia

SNELLVILLE — The Gwinnett Animal Hospital in Snellville is hosting a yard sale from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday to raise money for a Snellville teenager who has cancer.

Alex Blaker was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, in 2006. He is now 17, and the leukemia has spread to his spinal cord, affecting his central nervous system. Doctors have told him he will most likely lose his battle with cancer within two years, said his grandmother, Joyce Morgan.

Alex is afraid his mom will lose everything because she is not able to work a full-time job, Morgan said. He wanted to organize a fundraiser because of all the time his mom spends staying with him and taking him back and forth from the hospital. He asked Debbie Inman, an employee of the Gwinnett Animal Hospital and a family friend, to help.

The yard sale will feature items such as household items, clothing and jewelry. For more information, call Morgan at 770-982-2919.

Free diabetes screenings offered

DULUTH — In conjunction with the American Diabetes Association, Kaiser Permanente will offer free diabetes risk tests and glucose screenings on Diabetes Alert Day at all Kaiser Permanente medical centers in metro Atlanta, including its two Gwinnett County locations.

The screenings will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and will be offered to all adults on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no need to register.

The Gwinnett facilities are located at 3650 Steve Reynolds Blvd. in Duluth and 1435 Broadmoore Blvd. in Sugar Hill.

Scholarships available for Hispanics

LAWRENCEVILLE — Hispanic graduating high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math are invited to apply for more than $500,000 in scholarships available through Advancing Hispanic Excellence in Technology, Engineering, Math and Science, the educational foundation of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

The scholarships range in value from $1,000 to $5,000. There is no fee to apply. Students may apply for as many scholarships for which they are eligible and may apply for multiple scholarships via one application. All applications must be postmarked by April 1.

Applicants may find a complete list of scholarships and requirements and apply at www.ahetems.org/scholarships.html. Applications may also be downloaded, completed and submitted via mail.

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