GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Meadowcreek, Maxwell culinary arts students participate in Taste of the NFL

Georgia high schools students enrolled in ProStart programs pose for a picture with former fullback Franco Harris during Taste of the NFL, a hunger relief fundraiser that took place earlier this month. Meadowcreek High School and Maxwell High School of Technology students volunteered at the event. (Special Photo)

Culinary arts students at Meadowcreek High School and Maxwell High School of Technology participated earlier this month in the Taste of the NFL, a hunger relief fundraiser that takes place before the Super Bowl.

More than 100 Georgia ProStart educators and high school students participated in the two-day event, which culminated with the disbursement of more than $5,000 in food and products for the Atlanta Food Bank. The educators and students worked alongside celebrity chefs to prepare for the Taste of the NFL, a charity tasting event attended by more than 2,500 guests each year.

Meadowcreek High School students and their teacher, chef Simone Byron, and Maxwell High School of Technology students and their teacher, chef Amanda Williams, were among the participants. The Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia partnered with the Taste of the NFL to give ProStart students the opportunity to participate in the event.

The Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia is a statewide educational foundation that connects culinary arts and hospitality classrooms with the industry resources and opportunities that connect young people to careers in the hospitality industry.

ProStart is a two-year program developed by the National Restaurant Association that teaches students culinary techniques and management skills. In partnership with the Georgia Restaurant Association, HEFG administers the ProStart program for the state of Georgia.

GCPS opens annual Tapestry exhibit

The work of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ best young artists is on display in the district’s annual Tapestry event.

Through mid-March, the lobby at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center will double as an art museum filled with paintings, drawings, mixed media, pottery and jewelry created by GCPS students. The student artwork will rotate by cluster during the exhibit.

Art from students in the Berkmar, Dacula, Mountain View, North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge, Shiloh and South Gwinnett clusters will be on display through Monday. The ISC is open from 1 to 6 p.m. today and will be open normal business hours on Monday.

Art from students in the Brookwood, Central Gwinnett, Grayson Lanier, Norcross and Parkview clusters, as well as Oakland Meadow School, Phoenix High School, Grayson High School Technical Education Program and Paul Duke STEM High School, will be on display Thursday through March 6. In addition to normal business hours, the ISC will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 2 and 1 to 6 p.m. March 3.

Art from students in the Archer, Collins Hill, Discovery, Duluth, Meadowcreek and Mill Creek clusters, as well as GIVE Center East and the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology, will be on display March 9 to 15. In addition to normal business hours, the ISC will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 9 and 1 to 6 p.m. March 10.

The ISC is located at 437 Old Peachtree Road NW in Suwanee.

Gwinnett Youth

Commission open

for applicants

Gwinnett County government is recruiting high school students for the Gwinnett Youth Commission, a program to develop young leaders who can speak on behalf of youth in Gwinnett County and be engaged with the community.

The commission, launched in 2017, consists of an eight-week course on Gwinnett County government, covering infrastructure, health and human services, public safety, courts and recreation. Students will also receive leadership and personal development training.

To be eligible for the Youth Commission, a student must be a resident of Gwinnett County and be a rising sophomore, junior or senior at a Gwinnett high school, Buford City School, or a private or home school in Gwinnett. Interested applicants must submit a completed application and typed essay by March 29.

For more information, contact Nicole Hendrickson at or 770.822.8877, or visit the Gwinnett Youth Commission webpage at

Good News from Schools appears in the Gwinnett Daily Post’s Sunday Edition, highlighting achievements and success.

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