GOOD NEWS: 27 Gwinnett schools honored by Gov. Deal

Gwinnett’s schools were well represented on a list of 107 schools across the state honored last week by Gov. Nathan Deal for an initiative to combat childhood obesity.

Twenty seven local schools were listed in groups of gold, silver and bronze for the program called Georgia SHAPE, which began last year when Deal called on teachers, schools and students in the fight against childhood obesity. The honor roll program challenges schools to make improvements based on three main criteria: physical activity, nutrition and wellness. These schools met benchmark measurements in all three categories, which earned them a medal.

“I would like to thank the families, faculty and staff for their continued commitment to promoting an active lifestyle among students,” Deal said in a press release. “We are seeing signs of improvement as the SHAPE program continues to grow, but there is still much work to be done.”

Gwinnett’s schools were honored in the following categories:

Gold: Craig Elementary, Grayson Elementary, Lovin Elementary, Mulberry Elementary, Simonton Elementary, Woodward Mill Elementary and Berkmar Middle.

Silver: B.B. Harris Elementary, Benefield Elementary, Burnette Elementary, Camp Creek Elementary, Ferguson Elementary, Freeman’s Mill Elementary, Harmony Elementary, Lawrenceville Elementary, Parsons Elementary, W.C. Britt Elementary, Dacula Middle, Duluth Middle, Frank N. Osborne Middle, Gwinnett Online Campus, J.E. Richards Middle, Pinckneyville Middle and Trickum Middle.

Bronze: Harbins Elementary, Suwanee Elementary and Brookwood High.

Craig Elementary was the only Gwinnett school that was also honored last year. The school was among 40 schools in the state to receive the honor in consecutive years.

Duncan Creek receives Barry Manilow piano

John Cypert and Jane Roth, music teachers at Duncan Creek Elementary, recently announced that their school received a Barry Manilow digital stage piano that was used for performances in schools by the Manilow Music Project and the Manilow Fund for Health and Hope. The Manilow Music Project’s mission is to meet the needs of severely depleted music programs. The organization aims to highlight the importance of music programs in schools and donates instruments and materials to school music programs.

Million Father March

Norton Elementary has scheduled a “Million Father March” event for Tuesday. Fathers, step fathers, grandfathers, uncles, neighbors and friends are invited to bring their student to school from 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Participants will receive a sticker stating “I brought my child to school today.”

Great Days of Service

Gwinnett Great Days of Service will take place the week of Sept. 30 through Oct. 4. Schools will collect canned food, personal items and paper products to support 12 food pantries in Gwinnett. Corley Elementary, Norcross Elementary, Sycamore Elementary, Lilburn Middle, Richards Middle and Sweetwater Middle have applied for community projects, such as general flower bed planting and cleanup on Oct. 4 and 5. For more information, visit www.gwinnettgreatdaysofservice.org

Korea delegation to visit

Killian Hill Christian School in Lilburn on Wednesday is scheduled to welcome a delegation of 20 Korean Educational Administrative staff members. Last year, the Korean team placed some of their teachers at Killian Hill for observation.

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