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GOOD NEWS: Academy to host fundraiser

LILBURN -- Providence Christian Academy has plans to host the ninth and final Carter Martin Class, an annual basketball event, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the school Thursday.

For the past eight years, the event has raised more than $700,000 for the Aflac Cancer Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. In its final year, organizers hope that enough donations will be raised to make it the most successful drive yet.

The event's planning committee is working to try and "Reach a Million" in hopes of topping the amount in total funds raised.

Carter was a first-grade student at Providence Christian Academy when he developed a rare form of bone cancer. He died in 2004 after a long fight with the disease.

With the help of PCA, Carter's parents, many businesses and his classmates, the Carter Martin Classic was begun.

The event kicks off with a Carnival on the Green from 4 to 6 p.m.; at 4:30 p.m., former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine will be signing autographs; at 6 p.m., Providence varsity girls vs. Hebron varsity girls; at 7 p.m., presentation of Carter Martin Innovative Therapy Research Endowment to Aflac; and at 7:30 p.m., Providence varsity boys vs. Hebron varsity boys.

For more information or to make a donation, visit www.cartermartinclassic.org.

Phoenix High School celebrates 25 years

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Former staff and leaders from Phoenix High School are looking to celebrate the facility's 25th anniversary, but they need the help of former teachers, staff and students.

Those who have attended the school at any point over the last 25 years are invited to attend the Phoenix High School 25 Year Celebration, scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 13 at 501 W. Pike St., Lawrenceville.

"We've had lots of success over the last 25 years, and we need the help of students and staff to help us celebrate," said former employee Peggy Britt.

Refreshments will be served, and former and current administrators will speak during the event.

For more information, call 770 513-6862.Meadowcreek Mustangs win grant moneyNORCROSS -- The Atlanta Falcons and the NFL Youth Football Fun recently awarded grants to 17 youth and prep football programs and/or organizations that demonstrated "a significant need for funds to refurbish football equipment or make minor field repairs."

The Falcons were able to provide a total of $16,900 in grants to metro Atlanta schools and organizations, including the Meadowcrek Mustangs Touchdown Club.

The NFL Youth Football Fund seeks to "use football as a catalyst to promote positive youth development, support youth and high school football nationwide and ensure the health of football in future generations."

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