GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: $20K donation to benefit GSMST robotics team

The Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics recently honored Gwinnett County teacher Sarah DaSilva as the 2013 Teacher of Promise. (Special Photo)

The Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics recently honored Gwinnett County teacher Sarah DaSilva as the 2013 Teacher of Promise. (Special Photo)


Members of the the North Gwinnett High School Air Force Junior ROTC pose for a picture outside Kennedy Space Center during a recent four-day trip to Cape Canaveral. (Special Photo)


Students and coaches pose for a picture at Mountain View High’s first-ever football and cheerleading camp for students with disabilities. (Special Photo)

The all-girls robotics team at the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology, the RoboDragons, will benefit from a $20,000 donation to the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund Inc.

The money comes from the Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation in the form of a community grant that extends GSMST’s Partnership Programs that include the Junior Fellowship Experience and Senior Capstone Experience, which are student internships in emerging technologies, research, applied science, math and computing. The internships are at NCR, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cisco, Georgia Tech and Emory University.

“Due to the generosity and interest from the Dolciani Hallaran Foundation, students involved in our girls’ robotics program, as well as our internship program, will be able to experience opportunities that would otherwise not be possible,” GSMST Principal Jeff Mathews said in a press release. “We are extremely appreciative of their support for our students.”

Halloran who lived from 1923-85 was a gifted mathematician and educator, as well as a leading author in the field of mathematical textbooks at the college and secondary school levels.

$15,000 to provide Kindles at Stripling Elementary School

Stripling Elementary School recently received a $15,000 donation from Corus360 Cares and the Georgia Compassion Project. It’s the third year in a row the two entities have made a donation to Stripling. In previous years, they’ve combined to purchase winter scarves, gloves and hats and $500 gift cards from Publix and Walmart.

This year, the money will pay for new Kindles, e-readers, tablets and software subscriptions.

Corus360 is an IT solutions firm based in Norcross’ Technology Park, and the Georgia Compassion Project is a nonprofit organization based in Atlanta that focuses on tackling hopelessness.

“The technology supports more student engagement and individual achievement, and teaches them real world technical skills,” Stripling Principal Priscilla McHam said in a press release. “We are thrilled to have such a dynamic business partnership, to help us put more tools for success in our students’ hands.”

Britt Elementary School teacher Sarah DaSilva named a Teacher of Promise

The Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics recently honored Britt Elementary teacher Sarah DaSilva as the 2013 Teacher of Promise, an award presented to a math teacher in Georgia who has recently entered the field and who demonstrates qualities of excellence in the teaching of math.

A first grade teacher, DaSilva was honored for her creativity, her integrity and her commitment to the achievement of all learners in her classroom. The Council said DaSilva sets high expectations for her students, which helps them learn at high rates. She’s also known as a model teacher, who shares lesson plans and tests with her teaching peers.

“Sarah DaSilva is an outstanding young educator who uses effective and challenging instructional strategies,” Britt Elementary Principal Doris Jones said in a press release. “She also builds positive relationships with students and parents resulting in high levels of academic achievement for her students.”

DaSilva joined Britt Elementary and the school district in 2010. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia College and State University.

Gwinnett Great Days of Service record

A record 172,500 items of canned food and household staples were collected by Gwinnett County Public Schools students and staff during last month’s Gwinnett Great Days of Service.

“The generosity of Gwinnett County Public Schools is overwhelming. It is so gratifying to see the example set by adults and embraced by young people,” Ellen Gerstein, executive director of Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services said in a press release.

The Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation, worked with the Gwinnett Coalition and assisted 112 Gwinnett County schools and district offices to establish a countywide food drive. Among the groups that benefitted were the Duluth Co-operative, the Lawrenceville Co-Op, the North Gwinnett Co-Op, the Norcross Co-Op, the Southeast Gwinnett Co-Op, the Lilburn Co-Op, The Salvation Army, The Quinn House and the Huffman House.

Mountain View High School’s 12th man camp

Mountain View High recently held a first-ever football and cheerleading camp for students with disabilities. This camp was established to raise funds through sponsors to help build a home living center for students in the special education program at Mountain View, and was offered to all children with disabilities at no cost. Seventeen varsity football players and the junior varsity cheerleading squad also coached at the event.

“They were so incredible with the campers,” cheerleading coach Julie Woodson said. “I think they actually took more away from the camp than the campers.”

Woodson said there were 14 football campers and 12 cheerleaders at the camp at Mountain View’s football stadium. At the end of the camp, there was a performance for parents.

“I think everyone involved had such a great time,” Woodson said. “Parents were overjoyed with the camp and are looking to bring their children back next year. We were so excited to be able to give these kids this opportunity.”

Mill Creek High School junior named recipient of Power of Children Award

Mill Creek High senior Charles Orgbon III was among the recent recipients of a 2013 Power of Children Award from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

The award honors and youth who have made a significant impact on the lives of others, demonstrated selflessness, and exhibited a commitment to service and the betterment of society. A national search revealed extraordinary youth who took it upon themselves to make a difference in the lives of others.

Orgbon started a nonprofit organization called “Greening Forward” began as a school club in 2008, but now has a $100,000 operating budget and hosts an an international environmental youth summit annually, and provides grants for youth-driven environmental projects. For more information, visit www.greeningforward.org.

North Gwinnett High School Junior ROTC visits Cape Canaveral

The North Gwinnett High School Air Force Junior ROTC unit recently returned from a Curriculum-In-Action trip to Kennedy Space Center. There were 51 cadets on the four-day trip to Cape Canaveral and Orlando, Fla. While in Florida, the students enjoyed other attractions such as Island of Adventure and Medieval Times.

Burnette Elementary School PTA hosts Health, Wellness and Safety fair

The Burnette Elementary School Parent Teacher Association will host a Health, Wellness and Safety fair at 6 p.m. on Nov. 12. There will be guest speakers who will discuss medical, fitness and safety topics, along with a fitness obstacle course, blood pressure screenings, health and wellness screenings and a Suwanee Fire Engine.

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