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GWINNETT GAB: Cheerleading team wins national title

LAWRENCEVILLE — The competition cheerleading team at Kennesaw State University recently won the National Cheerleaders Association's Collegiate National Championship in Daytona Beach.

The team placed first in the NCAA All-Girl I Division.

Gwinnett graduates on the team include Hillary Ackerman (Peachtree Ridge), Lauren Dickey (Central Gwinnett), Christina O'Flattery (Dacula), Kara Ramos (Collins Hill) and Shanna Stewart (Mill Creek).

Festival to help raise money for Children's Shelter

BUFORD — The Goddard School located at 4000 S. Bogan Road in Buford will the host the first Children's Festival from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. All proceeds will benefit the Gwinnett Children's Shelter.

Local children's vendors will showcase their goods and services, and some activities of the day will include a moonwalk, obstacle course and carnival games.

The Buford location of the Goddard School opened in 2008 and is owned and operated by Marijke Strachan. The school accommodates 165 students, ages six weeks to 10 years.

MOMS Club to hold yard sale

SNELLVILLE — The MOMS Club of Snellville will be holding a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Westminster Presbyterian Church parking lot off U.S. Highway 78 near the Odom Street entrance next to South Gwinnett High School.

Items for sale range from electronics to baby and children's stuff to household goods.

All space fees and donations will be used to raise money for the International MOMS Club's Mother-to-Mother Fund. This fund assists fellow members and their families across the country who have been devastated by natural or unexpected personal disasters. Since the fund was started in 1994, it has assisted members that have experienced flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes, blizzards and wild fires, as well as personal devastations like death of a spouse, the need to flee an abusive spouse or assistance during a child's life-threatening illness.

The MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) is an International nonprofit organization that offers support to at-home moms. For more information on the MOMS Club of Snellville, visit www.snellvillemomsclub.com.

Partnership to aid families

LAWRENCEVILLE — Appalachian Community Enterprises and Ninth District Opportunity recently announced a two-year financial education program and partnership.

The partnership will be supported by a grant from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, a private, independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States.

The program will serve parents of Head Start students in Gwinnett and Hall counties. Appalachian Community Enterprises will present a financial program titled "How to Make the Most of Your Money." The program will include lessons on goal setting, spending and saving, as well as entrepreneurship and business ownership. Meals and child care will be available as an incentive and convenience to the parents.

Ninth District Opportunity coordinates the Head Start programs in 20 north Georgia counties, including Gwinnett and Hall.

For more information on the partnership, call 706-348-6609, ext. 201, or visit www.aceloans.org.

St. John Neumann School wins grant

LILBURN — St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School was recently honored as a first place winner of the 2010 Kroger Atlanta Division's Earning Plus Learning grant.

Kroger's theme, "Active! Mind. Body. Community," required schools to creatively catalog how the school stays active academically, physically and within the community.

St. John Neumann's entry, a DVD newscast anchored by Student Council co-presidents Amelia Kisling and Mackenzie Hogan showcased students in everyday life. A highlight was the students' extensive involvement in the community — both locally and through its support of humanitarian efforts around the world.

The non-directed grant, totaling $2,500, will be used by the school to improve its programs.

Attendance soars at flight career fair

LAWRENCEVILLE — Aviation Institute of Maintenance's Atlanta campus, located in Lawrenceville, recently held a career fair at its facility for graduates and current students.

More than 150 students and graduates attended the event. Also in attendance were some of the top names in the aviation industry as potential employers. Pinnacle Airlines, Aerotek, Pratt & Whitney, and Boeing were some of the companies that were directing candidates to their Web sites to begin the recruiting process, while local companies were hiring on the spot.

Salon raises funds for heart transplant

DACULA — Genesis Salon at Hamilton Mill staged a Cut-A-Thon recently, raising money to offset the cost of a heart transplant for a young Dacula resident.

More than 100 people received a haircut from the 20 stylists who volunteered their services. The event raised more than $3,700.

On Easter, Grace Callahan turned 7 and received a needed heart transplant the same day.

Genesis Salon became involved through Grace's school, Ivy Creek Elementary. When the school approached the salon about participating in a discount program to raise money for Grace, salon manager Casey Mims offered to hold the Cut-A-Thon, with all proceeds going to the Callahan family.

Gwinnett Gab appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post. To submit an item to Gwinnett Gab, e-mail gab@gwinnettdailypost.com.