SNELLVILLE -- Brookwood High School senior Robert "Cole" Hembree and South Gwinnett High School senior Asante Farquharson are recipients of $1,000 college scholarships awarded by the Snellville Commerce Club.
Each year, the club presents a scholarship to a graduate from each school who participates in their school's Future Business Leaders of America or Distributive Education Club of America program.
The awards will be presented at the club's noon lunch meeting on May 1 in the community room of Snellville City Hall. The public is invited to attend.
Established in 1984, the Snellville Commerce Club promotes programs that strengthen ties between members, their businesses and the community. The club holds a lunch meeting on the first Tuesday of each month with a guest speaker, along with several Business After Hours networking events every year.
Special needs carnival a success
LILBURN -- The seventh annual Carnival for Children with Special Needs April 21 sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was a success according to organizers.
More than 150 youth members from the church ranging in age from 14 to 18 years old planned, organized and carried out the event. More than 100 children with special needs attended the festivities.
The carnival, which took place at the Latter-Day Saints Church in Lilburn, paired children with volunteers who took them around the event to different activities.
Kayla Seabrook, an 18-year-old who helped at the carnival, said she enjoyed it.
"Some of the kids have severe disabilities but they're always smiling and I love that," Seabrook said.
Volunteer Hunter McWilliams, 15, said he too enjoyed the opportunity.
"It's really awesome how we're able to help out with the kids and also have fun with each other. The kids teach us a lot," McWilliams said.
Jackson EMC grants $32k to local agencies
LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Jackson EMC Foundation, a charity funded by the electric cooperative's members through their donations to the Operation Round Up Program, has awarded grants totaling $32,500 to five agencies serving Gwinnett County residents. Grants included:
-- $10,000 to Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services
-- $10,000 to the Potters House
-- $5,000 to Gwinnett Community Clinic
-- $5,000 to Lekotek of Georgia
-- $2,500 to the Community Based Mentoring Program of the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation.
Since the Jackson EMC Foundation began in 2005, it has funded 622 grants to organizations and 228 grants to individuals, putting more than $6.4 million back into local communities.
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