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GCPS honored with Emmy Award

Special Photo Storyteller and New York Times best-selling children's book author Carmen Deedy (third from left) joins with the following Gwinnett County Public Schools Broadcast and Distance Learning team members, from left to right: Faraz Ahmed, Greg LaHatte, Deedy, Kolinda Scialabba, Bruce Lennox, Glenn Ballard and Randall Tolliver.

Special Photo Storyteller and New York Times best-selling children's book author Carmen Deedy (third from left) joins with the following Gwinnett County Public Schools Broadcast and Distance Learning team members, from left to right: Faraz Ahmed, Greg LaHatte, Deedy, Kolinda Scialabba, Bruce Lennox, Glenn Ballard and Randall Tolliver.

ATLANTA -- A locally produced television show that takes students on a reading adventure, helping them navigate the "wonderful world of stories" was honored over the weekend during the 2013 Southeast Regional Emmy Awards.

Sponsored by the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the event honored Gwinnett County Public Schools with an Emmy for "Love that Book!" a GCPS television production.

It was announced as a winner during the annual Gala Saturday in Atlanta. During the event, the academy recognized the most experienced and talented television professionals from all disciplines of the industry including television markets in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Asheville, N.C.

The award winning production of "Love that Book -- Duck, Duck, President" was honored with the Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Achievement: News and Program and Speciality Excellence, Children/Youth (12 and under) Program. The production included Kolinda Scialabba, writer/producer; Glenn Ballard, director; Randall Tolliver, editor; and Carmen Deedy, host.

Greg LaHatte, the school district's director of broadcast and distance learning, said: "We are pleased that the Academy continues to recognize GCPS for our children's programming. It is wonderful to see our team's commitment to creating and providing the highest quality of educational programming recognized. 'Love that book' is another way our school system promotes reading as a fundamental for student success."

The award is GCPS TV's fourth Emmy and the third one for "Love that Book!"

GCPS TV, the educational access channel for Gwinnett County Public Schools, began operations in 2001 and can be seen by Gwinnett County cable subscribers.

Its programming is also streamed live at www.gcpstv.org. Viewers interested in viewing specific, local produced programs also may do so online.