GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Local students selected for 20 under 20 award

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Two students from Gwinnett County Public Schools have been honored by 21st Century Leaders as part of the 20 Under 20 Class of 2011.

Madison Murphy and Charles Orgbon were among those selected for their community leadership and accomplishments.

A freshman at Peachtree Ridge High School, Murphy planned and hosted "party for a purpose," which has raised more than $1,000 in two years to benefit the Foster Children's Foundation. In addition, she serves on the Foster Children's Foundation's Junior Executive Board, facilitating the donation of prom dresses and other needs for foster kids.

A sophomore at Mill Creek High School, Orgbon is the founder and CEO of a grassroots environmental action and advocacy organization, "Greening Forward."

Through the organization, 6,000 students from 28 partner schools across eight states have responded by recycling 10 tons of waste, planing 32 trees and saving 86,000 gallons of water.

According to its website, 21st Century Leaders aims to "inspire the next generation of Georgia leaders by empowering high school students with essential business and community leadership skills through programs connecting a diverse group of enthusiastic peers and passionate professionals."New homework center opens at Nesbit ElementaryTUCKER -- SCANA Energy will open its homework center at Nesbit Elementary School on Tuesday, with an appearance by Harry the Hawk of the Atlanta Falcons.

The mascot plans to visit from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. to present a program that focuses on healthy eating and staying fit.

The homework center is open from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays.

The SCANA Energy Homework Center aims to provide a safe and structured study environment where students can complete their class assignments and learn study skills.Foundation awards $15,000 in grantsNORCROSS -- The Norcross High School Foundation for Excellence plans to award $15,000 in grants during October and November to almost 80 teachers in 11 departments.

The money will go toward instructional improvements in the areas of business and technical education, ESOL, fine arts, health and physical education, language arts, math, media center, modern and classical languages, science, social studies and special education.

The foundation began in 2001 when a group of Norcross parents, faculty and community members created it.

In the last 10 years, the foundation has raised more than $800,000 for academic programs, technology and facility improvements.

Frank Reddy writes about education. Good News from Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Daily Post.