Members of the Twin Rivers Middle School Student Leadership Team were honored recently for an outstanding year.

The team earned the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award by volunteering more than 1,000 hours at school and in the community from March 1, 2018, through Feb. 28, according to Gwinnett County Public Schools. In addition, 15 students earned either Gold, Silver or Bronze PVSA awards for their volunteer work.

The Student Leadership Team collected items and stuffed stockings for 30 peers at Twin Rivers who needed help during the holiday season, collected more than 20 boxes of items for the Northeast Georgia Homeless Veterans Shelter in Winder and donated nearly $500 to help pay the shelter’s electric bill.

In the fall, the Student Leadership Team collected items for organizations dedicated to battling hunger and homelessness including Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter, Mending the Gap, the Lawrenceville Co-op and the Gwinnett Animal Shelter.

Students also have assisted with the Streetwise Outreach Mobile Food Pantry in Lawrenceville each month since March 2018. This involves loading about a month’s worth of groceries into the cars of more than 200 families in a two-hour time period the second Saturday of every month.

The purpose of the Student Leadership Team is to provide middle school students with an opportunity to develop their leadership skills, to learn about the needs in their community, to implement service projects, and to volunteer with local organizations to improve their school and community.

Snellville Middle student a winner in Ocean Rescue contestKierstyn Kirkland, a Snellville Middle School student, is a winner in the Frank Ski Kids Foundation Planet Green: Ocean Rescue contest.

The eighth-grader is one of 10 students heading to Belize this month to study the effect climate change has had on the marine environment in the Belize Barrier Reef.

Contestants were asked to write a 500-word essay answering the questions: “What are the effects that Global Warming has on our Marine Eco Systems around the world? How can those effects be cured through effective Sustainability Practices?”

Coleman Middle student sells art, donates proceedsHonor Morton, a Coleman Middle School student, showed her respect and concern for military veterans during the Duluth Arts Festival.

The seventh-grader donated hundreds of dollars to the Wounded Warrior Project to help soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Honor raised $442 by selling artwork she collected from her classmates, according to Gwinnett County Public Schools.

She was inspired by someone she knows who suffers from PTSD and wanted to develop this project to raise awareness about the illness and to help veterans, the school system said. Morton exceeded her goal of earning $100 from the sale of the artwork.

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