This past week brought several people and things that deserve a thumbs up, led by the honorees at the annual American Values Dinner hosted by the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The event, held Tuesday night at the Gwinnett Center, featured a crowd of more than 400 Boy Scouts and their parents.
This week we give a thumbs up to Tricia Rawlins. The Snellville resident turned something bad — a break-in at her home — onto something good, a neighborhood watch program that utilizes a private Facebook page for Snellville residents to keep in touch about what’s going on in their neighborhoods.
There are many talented students and teachers here in Gwinnett County, but at each school only one of each is designated as a STAR. The annual STAR (Student Teacher Appreciation Recognition) banquet was held this week, and what makes the event stand out is the honoring of the relationship between student and teacher.
As the sun shines this weekend and the deep freeze of the past week fades into history, we should be thankful that the ice storm wasn’t worse and that the decisions our leaders made worked well.
Gwinnett players will compete at all levels — 45 at Division I, eight in the Ivy League, many at Division II and III and some in junior college — and all will have the chance to develop both on the field and in the classroom. High school football is demanding and the coaches ask a lot, but the payoff comes from winning as a team and individually by earning a chance to continue to play.
The Gwinnett County Association of Educators puts on the bee, with Berkmar Middle School Assistant Principal Louis Mair heading it up. Mair and the group of teachers who volunteer do a great job in staging the event, which the Daily Post is proud to sponsor.
It’s our opinion that all the players in this situation need to do their jobs, which should be serving, not self-serving. But in Snellville politics the game seems to be to poke and prod long enough to illicit a reaction. At some point the shenanigans need to stop, but that won’t happen until the parties involved can resist the urge to always jab back.
In last year’s State of County address, Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said she wanted to “turn the page” on the past ordeals. This year she was able to do that, with some good economic news giving her the chance to deliver a speech heavy on the positive.
With Officer Andy Blimline as the ring leader, personnel from the Lilburn PD chipped in to pay for a cab ride home for a man who had walked 29 miles to Lilburn all the way from Fulton County to take care of a traffic citation.
The Red Cross is encouraging folks to roll up their sleeves and start the new year off by helping save lives. It’s not a coincidence that the organization chose January as its donor month. Because of bad weather, cold and flu season and post-holiday letdown, the first month of the year is one of the more difficult times for getting people to donate blood.
Counting both public and private schools, Gwinnett schools have won 18 state football titles in the past 14 years.
A visionary teacher at a visionary school, Son and GSMST are examples of the best that GCPS has to offer. And Son’s humility in her acceptance speech was indicative of the night as a celebration of all teachers.
A turnout of 25 percent or less is expected to vote this Tuesday for the county wide special purpose local option sales tax, better known as SPLOST. That number, while low, is not surprising considering this is not a General Election year. However, it does make a strong case for the cliche “every vote counts.”
The winners in this case are the cancer patients who will benefit from the money raised from all Relay events. But there is a lot of civic pride in being No. 1, and that pride helps motivate the Gwinnett contingent to keep pushing, and growing, year after year. To see that effort rewarded with the top ranking, is a source of pride for the American Cancer Society employees who help lead Relay For Life.
Each year a large contingent of GCPS schools and central office departments participate in Relay For Life, the largest fundraiser of the year in Gwinnett County for the American Cancer Society. And each year the students make huge contributions while learning teamwork, comaraderie and the value of charitable work.
Letters to the Editor
- Lilburn greenway nice, but not at expense of grant money
- LETTERS: Highlighting the loving nature of Lent
- LETTERS: Horse feathers to Obama being good at taking blame
- LETTERS: Traffic needs to be considered before mix-used project complete
- LETTERS: Letter off the mark on criticism of Obama
- LETTERS: At least Christie takes responsibility
- LETTERS: Why can't they all get along in Snellville?
- LETTERS: CFI, like DDI, good for traffic flow
- LETTERS: Thoughts heading into a new year
- LETTERS: U.S. is not mediocre
- PARKER: When the going gets tough, make SAT easier
- HUCKABY: There's nothing to love about Russian politics
- YARBROUGH: Sen. Tippins working to improve Common Core standards
- MCCULLOUGH: Some Internet quizzes leave me with questions
- ROBINSON: The American story of slavery
- CEPEDA: A wise investment in America
- PARKER: Once upon a moonbeam
- SOWELL: Freedom is not free
- SMITH: The joy of cracking open a bag of crackers
- THOMAS: A closer look at Arizona