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GOOD NEWS: G-Braves give $1,000 grant to Norcross High Foundation

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett Braves have awarded a $1,000 grant for the month of September to the Norcross High School Foundation for Excellence. The "All About Kids" themed grant will help fund the After School Matters program for Norcross High School students.

The After School Matters program was designed to make after school time productive and fun for Norcross students. The mission of the program is to increase the graduation rate and prepare students for a career or college. The program strives to increase engagement with school, cultivate different talents and lift self confidence.

After School Matters also aims to decrease the likelihood of risky behaviors by involving caring adults and providing a distinctive set of interests, skills and activities that will create a unique experience for each student.

Over the past 11 years, the Norcross High School Foundation for Excellence has funded a wide variety of projects, including the Paul Duke House, the school's outdoor matrix sign, teacher grants and scholarships for teachers to further their education. The foundation plans to use the $1,000 grant to train teachers for the After School Matters program, as well as pay for snacks and bus tickets for the students involved.

"We are so appreciative of the Gwinnett Braves and their commitment to this program," said foundation president Chris Saunders. "The seven-week pilot program last year far exceeded school administrators' expectations, and with these funds from the G-Braves, we will be able to continue its expansion this school year."

The foundation is a 501c3 organization founded in 2001 with a donation from Paul Duke. Its mission is to partner with Norcross High and the Norcross community in continual support of Norcross High School as a world-class school. Its goals are to improve facilities of the school, promote equity among all students and develop and strengthen the academic, artistic and athletic capabilities of students. For more information on how to get involved with the NHS Foundation for Excellence, contact Saunders at 404-680-0523.

Teacher selected for OfficeMax award

SUGAR HILL -- Teacher Jill Moore of Sycamore Elementary was recently selected by OfficeMax to receive the Day Made Better award. The company joined with Adopt-A-Classroom to create the grant, which awards more than 1,000 teachers with more than $1,000 in school supplies for their classrooms.

For more information, visit www.adaymadebetter.com.

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