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15 teachers from Suwanee schools retire

Gwinnett County Public Schools recently announced 435 employees retired from the school system following the 2011-12 school year. More than 43 percent of the retirees worked their entire careers for GCPS.

Fifteen of them worked at schools around Suwanee and North Gwinnett. Among them was Donna Boling, Media Specialist, Peachtree Ridge High, who had 23 years in education, 15 years in GCPS; Wanda J. Bennewitz, Gifted Mathematics Teacher, Hull Middle, with 32 years in education, 30 years in Gwinnett; Diane Clausen, Clerk III, Peachtree Ridge 18 1/2 years in education, all in Gwinnett; Barbara Coker, Clerk I, Suwanee Elementary 24 years in education, all in Gwinnett; Dianne DiDio, Assistant Principal, Hull Middle 26 years in education, 24 years in Gwinnett; Charlotte Hall, Teacher Mentor, Suwanee Elementary 35 years in education, 27 years in Gwinnett; Frances Holbrook, School Nutrition Program Worker, Suwanee Elementary, 13 years in education, all in Gwinnett; Bill Holleman, Health and P.E. teacher, Peachtree Ridge, 39 years in education, 14 years in Gwinnett; Ginie Hydo, French teacher, Collins Hill High, 18 years in education, all in Gwinnett; Susan Hyzer, teacher, Burnette Elementary, 32 years in education, 10 years in Gwinnett; Yvonne L. Johnson, teacher, Peachtree Ridge, 21 years in education, 17 years in Gwinnett; Barbara Keeney, Mathematics teacher, North Gwinnett, 33 years in education, 21 1/2 years in Gwinnett; Debbie Keiter, bookkeeper, North Gwinnett, 30 years in education, all in Gwinnett; Patsy Ollis, Special Education Paraprofessional, North Gwinnett, 15 years in education, six years in Gwinnett; Frank Orr, Teacher, North Gwinnett, 43 years in education, 10 years in Gwinnett.

B at the movies: Real Steel

Town Center Park will host an outdoor movie series at 7 p.m. Saturday featuring Real Steel. This is part of a 14-event free community movie night series held in locations throughout the metro area. Movies are presented on a giant inflatable movie screen under the stars.

Peachtree Ridge to host youth basketball camps

Peachtree Ridge will host youth basketball camps from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 25-28. Cost is $140. For more information, call 678-512-6040 or visit peachtreeridgebasketball.com.

Student earns top score on French Exam

Ndeye Mbodji, a rising sophomore at Collins Hill High, placed second in the state on the Level 2A National French Exam. She also was third at the national level. Her teacher is Muriel Davidson. Mbodji was one of three Gwinnett Public School students to earn a high score in the exam, which assesses proficiency in French. These students will be honored by the Gwinnett County Board of Education during its monthly meeting on June 21.

Great American Campout June 30

The Great American Campout event wil be held June 30 at Sims Lake Park. Registration required, and applications can be found at suwanee.com. A non-refundable $25 fee is required for each 10 by 20 campsite, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The event begins at 6 p.m. and camp breaks at 8 a.m. on July 1. Activities, including family games emceed by Boosterthon representatives, begin about 7 p.m. A light snack of s’mores and trail mix will be provided. Campers are responsible for bringing tents, sleeping bags, non-alcoholic drinks, food, lanterns, flashlights, and bug spray. The City of Suwanee will provide port-a-potties in each camping field and lighting until 10:30 p.m. All campers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Generators, pop-up campers, RVs, individual campfires, alcohol, or grills are not allowed.

— From staff reports