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GOODNEWS: Dacula Elementary gets $3,000 grant

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Community Coffee Company employees, Brian McGraw, route sales representative, and James Gunja, area sales manager, present a $3,449 check to Kristin McGraw, kindergarten teacher, and Mary Lou Enright, principal, from the Community Cash for Schools Program. Dacula Elementary School plans to use the funds to create an outdoor classroom.

Special Photo Community Coffee Company employees, Brian McGraw, route sales representative, and James Gunja, area sales manager, present a $3,449 check to Kristin McGraw, kindergarten teacher, and Mary Lou Enright, principal, from the Community Cash for Schools Program. Dacula Elementary School plans to use the funds to create an outdoor classroom.

DACULA -- Community Coffee Company's area sales manager presented Dacula Elementary School with a $3,449 check last week for winning the 2012 Community Cash for Schools program.

School leaders said they plan to use the funds to build the "Community Coffee Classroom," an outdoor learning area named in honor of the 93-year-old company.

Each year, schools across the south exchange Community Coffee labels for cash. This year, Dacula was one of the top earning schools, collecting nearly 35,000 labels.Gwinnett schools get advanced placement supportSUWANEE -- Gwinnett County Public Schools students with financial need will get a boost this spring through support from three local corporate school sponsors: Cisco Systems, Primerica Financial Services and Scana Energy.

More than $46,500 in funding support is being sent to Gwinnett high schools from the companies through the GCPS Foundation Fund to offset the cost of Advanced Placement exams administered by the National College Board.

"We are pleased to be able to open doors for students with financial need and see the AP program as providing a strategic advantage that contributes to post-secondary success," said Karen Fine Saltiel, executive vice president with Primerica.

There are more than 30 different college-level courses and exams provided in Gwinnett County. The courses provide students with the opportunity to earn college credit and stand out in the college admissions process.

Gwinnett schools that will benefit from the donations include all 18 traditional high schools and five special entities including two of the district's charter schools.

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