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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Norcross Foundation gives $20K in grants

Cadets from North Gwinnett High School Air Force Junior ROTC recently conducted their once-each-semester trash pickup along McGinnis Ferry Road and Buford Highway in Suwanee. (Special Photo)

Cadets from North Gwinnett High School Air Force Junior ROTC recently conducted their once-each-semester trash pickup along McGinnis Ferry Road and Buford Highway in Suwanee. (Special Photo)

The Norcross High School Foundation for Excellence recently announced grant awards that increased $5,000 over last year’s contributions.

The foundation awarded $20,000 in grants to 50 teachers in 12 departments, which covered a range of areas at the high school, including academics, arts and athletics. Organizers said this contribution gives teaches resources that enhance student learning.

Mountain View student named president

Mountain View High student Austin Chaney was selected as the 2014 President of the Southern Association of Student Councils. SASC represents 15 states and Puerto Rico, and Mountain View High will host the SASC conference next all of more than 1,000 students from the Southeast. This is the first time in 40 years that a school from Georgia has earned this honor. Student Council Advisers Laura Droms and Kristin Murphy support the program at the school.

North Gwinnett JROTC community service

Cadets from North Gwinnett High School Air Force Junior ROTC reported for duty at Suwanee Police Station to conduct their once-each-semester trash pickup along Buford Highway and McGinnis Ferry Road.

Firefighters breakfast

The Patrick Elementary Firefighter’s Breakfast is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The program will celebrate the legacy of Bobby Patrick, the first Gwinnett County firefighter to lose his life in the line of duty, and the school’s namesake. The program includes performances by the Patrick Pianists, the Drama Club, and the Patrick Chorus. The Bobby Patrick Song that was written and adopted in 2007 will be performed by music teacher Amy Cook. Community members are invited to celebrate the country, the life of Bobby Patrick, and current firefighters.

Berkmar’s ‘Big Thank You’ program

The Berkmar High National Honors Society, school council, and Parent Teacher Student Association participated in a schoolwide campaign to write 3,500 letters to the military as part of the “Big Thank You” program. The letters were collected by radio station Q100 and shipped to the military overseas by Thanksgiving Day. The goal is for every deployed service man and woman to receive a letter of thanks and gratitude. Berkmar High students wrote 9,000 letters, which surpassed the school’s goal. Throughout October, members of the Honor Society and PTSA collected letters at football games, Kroger, PTSA meetings, parent-teacher conference night, and the school blood drive.

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