GWINNETT GAB: Parks and rec staff honored

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Georgia Recreation and Park Association presented two Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation staff members certificates for completing the George Harris Executive Management Institute.

Eric Horne, grounds maintenance manager, and Elizabeth Radley, recreation coordinator, were presented with an award at the 66th annual GRPA State Conference held Aug. 18 in Macon.

The George Harris Executive Management Institute is designed to further develop skills and knowledge of recreation professionals from around the state.

Only 19 recreational professionals are selected throughout the state to participate each year in the program.

Fun run to be held

DULUTH -- Mason Elementary School in Duluth and Camp Creek in Lilburn played host to a Boosterthon Fun Run event last week to raise dollars for the school.

The event is part of a nine-day fitness and leadership program designed to help schools raise needed funds for education. The event was held Sept. 1.

Stated Boosterthon president Chris Carneal: "Not only do schools reap tremendous benefits in terms of fundraising, but students themselves are challenged daily to live out the adventure actions that will help them succeed in life, school and at home."

JapanFest set for Sept. 17 and 18

JapanFest Weekend is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 17 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18 at Gwinnett Center. More than 18,000 visitors attend the event annually.

About 300 volunteers help in several areas including ticketing, arranging children's activities and safety. The event offers an opportunity to learn about Japanese culture.

To sign up as a volunteer, visit www.japanfest.org or contact cork@cgjapanatlanta.org or 404-926-3020. Volunteers must be 18 years old or older.

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