GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Mill Creek grad gets national recognition

HOSCHTON -- The artistic talent and skills of a recent Gwinnett County Public Schools graduate will be on display at an exhibit in Washington, D.C., this week.

The President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities selected the work of Mill Creek High's Hokyum Kim to be part of the exhibit which includes 44 pieces of art from around the nation.

The pieces were selected from nearly 500 works of art earning the National Gold Medal in the 2011 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, a program that honors the nation's most talented and young artists and writers.

The U.S. Department of Education held a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 14 at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education building recognizing the honored students.

A 2011 graduate of Mill Creek High School, Kim was one of six GCPS students honored as national winners during the 2011 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, administered by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers Inc.Primrose School of Five Forks celebrates Grandparents DayLAWRENCEVILLE -- Primrose School of Five Forks students celebrated their elders on Grandparents Day Sept. 12 with a morning of activities.

Primrose grandparents were invited to bring a favorite children's storybook to read to the children, enjoy an art activity and share a snack with their grandchildren.

"Grandparents and seniors play an important role in the development of young children," said Cami Nail, franchise owner of Primrose School of Five Forks.

"Sharing their wisdom and experiences can connect the generations and promote kindness in many ways."Local man acts in Young Harris playBUFORD -- Young Harris College student Marvin Hemphill, a sophomore musical theatre major from Buford, will play the role of Lizard in Young Harris's theatre production of its annual children show, "A Year with Frog and Toad."

Seven school performances are scheduled for Sept. 20-25. The show is sponsored by the Fred Register Endowment for Children's Theatre at Young Harris College.

For more information, visit www.yhc.edu/tickets.Young students create Pinwheels for PeaceDACULA -- Puckett's Mill Elementary fine arts teachers are participating in an international "Pinwheels for Peace" installation.

Students are creating pinwheels to convey feelings and thoughts on peace. The pinwheels will be placed in the ground in conjunction with International Peace Day on Wednesday.

Students in each grade level will be taught a song inspired by the thought of peace. While putting the pinwheels in the ground, students plan to sing the songs they've learned.

For more information, visit www.pinwheelsforpeace.com.

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