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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Student's art to be displayed in 50 states

HOSCHTON -- The artwork of Duncan Creek Elementary School student Brent Crader was recently selected from more than 4,700 other submissions nationwide to represent the state of Georgia in the VSA and CVS Caremark All Kids can CREATE exhibition.

The exhibition will feature the work of two artists per state and begin a two-year tour to children's museums across the country.

Crader is a student of art teacher Jackie Ellett. His submission is titled "Dreaming Just Like Chagall."

According to its website, VSA arts is a national nonprofit "dedicated to helping people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts.Meadowcreek students benefit from grantNORCROSS -- Students of Meadowcreek Elementary School have more reading opportunities thanks to a $2,000 grant recently awarded by Target.

The Meadowcreek Elementary Book Tree is a bookstore where students can get brand-new books with "book bucks" they earn through academic efforts in the classroom or at home.

The school received its current inventory from donations made by Barnes and Noble's Holiday Book Drive. Other sources have included the Scholastic Book Fair and Everybody Wins Atlanta.

Kelly Stopp, a reading specialist at the school, said teachers "don't just want to give away the books, we want students to think of themselves as readers. We know that students are more likely to see themselves as readers if they own their own books."

The school is seeking more donations for the bookstore. For information, email kelly_stopp@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

Frank Reddy covers education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Daily Post.