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Community gifts: Middle-schoolers help create mosaic-style benches

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. North Gwinnett Middle School eighth-graders presented three stone and mosaic benches to the city of Suwanee recently. Here, Mayor Pro Tem Jace Brooks receives the benches, from left to right, parent organizer Heather Thomas, art teacher Jennifer Droske, parent organizer Joni Baraban and principal Wanda Law.

Special Photo . North Gwinnett Middle School eighth-graders presented three stone and mosaic benches to the city of Suwanee recently. Here, Mayor Pro Tem Jace Brooks receives the benches, from left to right, parent organizer Heather Thomas, art teacher Jennifer Droske, parent organizer Joni Baraban and principal Wanda Law.

SUWANEE -- Some 600 Gwinnett middle-schoolers had a hand in a recent gift to the city of Suwanee.

The eighth-graders at North Gwinnett Middle School recently created six stone and mosaic-style benches, three of which were donated to the city. Each bench featuring words like "unique," "visionary" and "remarkable" have been placed under a tree beside the pavilion at PlayTown Suwanee on Main Street.

Those words, along with "Suwanee quality," serve as the anchor points by which City Council members and staff weigh significant decisions.

Each of the 600 students created a small colorful clay tile that adorns the tops of the six benches. The remaining three benches are on display at North Gwinnett Middle.

The eighth-grade community service project was organized by parents Heather Thomas and Joni Baraban, as well as art teacher Jennifer Droske.