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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Dacula High students distribute toys at Bread of Life Church

A group of Dacula High students recently collected toys to donate to more than 200 children at the Bread of Life Church in Lawrenceville. (Special Photo)

A group of Dacula High students recently collected toys to donate to more than 200 children at the Bread of Life Church in Lawrenceville. (Special Photo)

A group of Dacula High students recently volunteered during their exam time to distribute toys at the Bread of Life Church in Lawrenceville.

They collected more than 700 toys during a two-week class toy drive as classes competed for the most donations. The seniors won the contest. Student Council Advisor John Williams said more than 200 children were expected to enjoy Christmas thanks to the donations.

“It is wonderful to see how the Dacula students really do care about others,” Williams said. “After all is said and done, the greatest gift one can give is still the gift of giving.”

Snellville resident completes NASA internship

Georgia State University senior Sheneeka Ward of Snellville recently completed an internship at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. Ward, a computer science major, conducted a research project called, “A Web-based Impervious Cover Decision-making Tool: Automating the Process.” She is the daughter of Yvonne Ward.

According to a press release, NASA internships provide a single pathway for diverse and highly qualified students from a broad cross-section of academic institutions to engage in scientific, engineering and professional internships at NASA centers and facilities.

Built in the 1960s to test the huge engines for the Saturn V moon rockets, Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Miss., is America’s largest rocket engine test complex. Engines and rocket stages used in the Apollo Program’s lunar missions were tested at the site, as were main engines used to power Space Shuttle Program missions. Stennis is now preparing to test the engines that will power the core stage of NASA’s new Space Launch System.

Stennis also partners with commercial companies for engine testing, including engines that will power spacecraft to carry cargo to the International Space Station.

Karen Handel campaign internships

The Karen Handel for U.S. Senate campaign is offering competitive internship opportunities to the best and brightest high school students. This is an opportunity for any student who is interested in government, politics, marketing or general college prep and resume building. Tasks will include phone calls, door knocking, data entry and research. Internship applications can be viewed and submitted at bit.ly/1hIjXqs or in person at 3970 Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta.

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