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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: GCPS Foundation receives $10K donation

Knight Elementary given Captain Planet award; Brookwood High, Norcross High shine at academic competition

Thanks to a five-figure donation from the Wells Fargo Foundation, Gwinnett schools will be able to purchase assessment kits for English Language Learner students in Title I elementary schools.

The $10,000 donation provides teachers information to drive instruction for ELL students and determine benchmarks to be met during the Reading Recovery program, GCPS officials said in a press release. The assessment kits are also planned to be used to collect longitudinal followup-data for students who participated as first graders.

“The Wells Fargo Foundation seeks to give a hand to areas that we believe are important to the future of our nation’s vitality and success, and this program is an excellent example,” Sue Williams, vice president of Wells Fargo Community Affairs, said in the release.

GCPS officials said the foundation is looking to partner with other organizations to match this donation so all 24 Title I elementary schools in Gwinnett could benefit.

Reading room opens

A reading room at Riverside Elementary officially opened on Oct. 10 in honor of 8-year-old Brandon Woyce, who passed away on Oct. 2, 2011, after medical complications. A student with special needs who struggled with health issues, Woyce had difficulty speaking, but his spirit and smile left an impression with people around the school.

The special reading area allows students and teachers to schedule classroom or individual reading activities. The room was designed last year by fifth-grade architects Faxon Childress, Parker Everson and Ethan Dawidowicz.

Knight Elementary given Captain Planet award

Knight Elementary has been named a Captain Planet Foundation Learning Gardens School and will receive a grant for about $3,500. The project will run through September, 2015. Knight Elementary will receive a garden at the school, professional development conferences and workshops, six interdisciplinary, garden lessons for each grade, including materials and a mobile kitchen cart for preparing and taste-testing foods from the garden. The program also offers assistance with summer garden management and teachers can communicate with other “Learning Gardens” schools.

Brookwood, Norcross advance to state

Brookwood High and Norcross High advanced to the state 2013-14 Academic Team Competition to represent Gwinnett County Public Schools at the “High Q” Tournament. Brookwood, which hosted the event, was the overall winner, while Norcross was runnerup. Collins Hill finished third, and North Gwinnett was fourth.

At the junior varsity level, Duluth High won overall, while Parkview was second, the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology was third, and Collins Hill fourth.

Mill Creek Cluster Foundation gala

The Mill Creek Cluster Education Foundation is scheduled to have a “Black and White Masquerade Gala” at 7 p.m. Friday at Chateau Elan. Black and white cocktail attire and mask are suggested, and there will be a prize awarded for best mask. The fundraising event raises money for teacher grants. Visit www.mccef.org to purchase tickets.

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