GOOD NEWS: Berkmar Middle competes in can drive challenge

LILBURN — Those looking to help fight domestic hunger can drop off canned food and non-perishabile food items through Oct. 29 at Berkmar Middle School. In doing so, locals can help the school win the Atlanta Falcons 2012 FalCan Food Drive School Challenge.

The annual can drive, presented by Publix Super Markets and UnitedHealthcare, provides an opportunity for schools across the state of Georgia to help fight hunger and a chance to win prizes for local students.

All collections will be provided to the Atlanta Community Food Bank and its partners. This year, there are 88 schools participating in the challenge.

Schools are eligible to receive prizes based on the number of pounds they collect: for collecting 1,000 to 2,500 pounds schools receive an autographed FalCan Food Drive School Challenge poster; for 2,501 to 4,000 pounds, an autographed mini helmet; for 4,001 to 6,500 pounds, autographed white panel football; and for more than 6,501 pounds, an autographed replica jersey.

Berkmar Middle School is located at 4355 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn.

Gwinnett Rotarians host career night

SUWANEE — Gwinnett Rotary members in partnership with Interact Clubs at Peachtree Ridge High School, Meadowcreek High School and the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology, plan a career exploration night for high school students, scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Peachtree Ridge High School, 1555 Old Peachtree Road, Suwanee.

More than 40 Rotarians will be onsite to engage with students, offering career display tables and educational break-out sessions. Among the careers to be highlighted: forensics, health care, business and marketing, law, engineering, architecture, education, small business ownership, culinary arts and other trades.

For more information, visit www.gwinnettrotary.com.

Hooper Renwick educator honored

LAWRENCEVILLE — Hooper Renwick teacher Shawn Kilpatrick was awarded the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom award. The company Symetra partners with the Atlanta Falcons to honor teachers across the state of Georgia. Kilpatrick received a $1,000 award for the school, two Falcon game tickets, VIP sideline access and recognition at the game, a $250 Office Max gift card and a visit to the school by the Atlanta Falcon cheerleaders, mascot, and players to congratulate her. For more information, visit www.SymetraHeroes.com/Falcons

Cooper Elementary gets forestry grant

LILBURN — W.J. Cooper Elementary and the school’s PTA will be receiving a $5,000 grant from the Georgia Forestry Commission to plant trees around the playground and school grounds. The 30-plus tree planting will take place in early November.

It’s part of the Making the Shade Program, created by the Georgia Forestry Commission in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service. It is designed to create healthier, shaded playground areas on elementary school campuses throughout Georgia.

According to the Georgia Forestry Commission’s website, traditional elementary school campus designs often eliminate the health benefits provided by shade trees. The Georgia Forestry Commission encourages communities to maximize the benefits of trees, while minimizing any relevant risks.

For more information about the grant program, contact Joan Scales at jscales@gfc.state.ga.us.

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