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GAB: Jackson EMC Foundaiton awards local agencies

Special Photo Louise Radloff Middle Schoolis "Digital Learning Program" receives a helping hand from a $15,000 Jackson EMC Foundation grant.  The program from CFY-Atlanta is providing free refurbished computers loaded with educational and word processing software to about 300 sixth graders to improve their home learning, involve their parents and help keep them engaged in school work. Holding the grant check are (l-r) Jackson EMC Foundation board member Beauty Baldwin, Jackson EMC Gwinnett District Manager Randy Dellinger, CFY-Atlanta Executive Director Jeanne Artime, Jackson EMC Foundation board member Jim Puckett and Louise Radloff Middle School Principal Al Taylor.

Special Photo Louise Radloff Middle Schoolis "Digital Learning Program" receives a helping hand from a $15,000 Jackson EMC Foundation grant. The program from CFY-Atlanta is providing free refurbished computers loaded with educational and word processing software to about 300 sixth graders to improve their home learning, involve their parents and help keep them engaged in school work. Holding the grant check are (l-r) Jackson EMC Foundation board member Beauty Baldwin, Jackson EMC Gwinnett District Manager Randy Dellinger, CFY-Atlanta Executive Director Jeanne Artime, Jackson EMC Foundation board member Jim Puckett and Louise Radloff Middle School Principal Al Taylor.

JEFFERSON -- During its February meeting, the Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $78,621 in grants, including $68,691 to organizations and $9,930 to individuals. Among the grants awarded were $44,000 to five agencies that provide programs or services to the residents of Gwinnett County:

-- $15,000 to CFY-Atlanta to help fund the Digital Learning Program at Louise Radloff Middle School in Duluth where about 300 sixth graders, 75 percent of whom are disadvantaged, will receive free refurbished computers pre-loaded with a suite of educational and word processing software to improve home learning, involve parents and help students stay engaged in school work.

-- $10,000 to Meet the Need Ministry Inc., a Barrow County nonprofit organization that clothes, houses, feeds and transports men who find themselves homeless, hungry, addicted to drugs or alcohol, or just need a helping hand, to help cover rental expenses for a group home located in Gwinnett County that houses the men as they work toward recovery and self-sufficiency.

-- $9,000 to Eagle Ranch, a Chestnut Mountain home for boys and girls in crisis, to help build a secure outdoor fitness area that will enable children to two group homes to participate in regular exercise and recreational activities to help them develop self-discipline and establish a healthy lifestyle.

-- $7,500 to Three Dimensional Life in Gainesville, a nonprofit organization that provides a long-term residential recovery for young men 14-20 years of age who are struggling with addiction, to help purchase a passenger van used for character-building activities.

-- $2,500 to the Community CarePointe Food Bank, a ministry of the Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, to purchase food supplies.

The Jackson EMC Foundation has put more than $7.3 million back into local communities since it was founded in 2005, funding 720 grants to organizations and 256 grants to individuals. Cooperative members participating in Operation Round Up have their monthly electric bills rounded up to the next dollar amount, with the "spare change" going to the Foundation.

Gary Miller to sign books

BUFORD -- Author Gary Miller will be at Lifeway Christian Bookstore, 3125 Woodward Crossing Blvd., Suite 200, Buford from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 6.

The Chattanooga, Tenn., resident will be available to sign copies of his book, "Sing to the Lord a New Song: Transforming Life through Scripture."

For more information, email james@tatepublishing.com.

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