If you’re a registered Gwinnett County voter, you have an opportunity to weigh in on the future of transit in our community. In today's Special Election, voters will go to the polls to consider expansion of the County’s transit options through a contract with MARTA. Voter approval would also mean the establishment of a one-cent sales tax to pay for the transit improvement and expansion. Election Day voting is open until 7 p.m. this evening (Tues., March 19) at assigned polling locations only. Many polling sites are located at schools so please keep an eye out for our students during school drop off and dismissal. Call the Gwinnett County Office of Elections at (678) 226-7210 with questions, or visit www.gwinnettelections.com.
On March 23, Peachtree Ridge HS will host GCPS’ 2019 Transition Fair for students with disabilities, their families, and educators. Set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the event will provide information about community services and resources for young people who have disabilities and may need assistance as they transition to adulthood. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with local agency representatives regarding various options available for school-aged students as well as transitional services to post-school activities and employment. Breakout sessions will cover topics including employment and vocational training, day programs, recreation and leisure, funding, and community resources. The school is located at 1555 Old Peachtree Road in Suwanee. Call 678-301-7110 or email Transition_Fair@gwinnett.k12.ga.us with questions.
Just as public education serves as an engine for economic growth in Gwinnett County, so do traffic and transit have an impact on our families and staff who live and work in the county. This spring, Gwinnett County residents will go to the polls to vote on a contract for the provision of expanded transit services. (If the referendum passes, the county’s transit system and services would expand, funded through a one-cent sales tax for transit.) Interested residents can learn more about the transit contract during open house education sessions planned around the county. Find a summary of the major provisions of the contract and a Referendum Fact Sheet on Gwinnett County Government’s website. The Special Election on the transit contract referendum is scheduled for March 19, with opportunities for advanced and absentee voting for registered Gwinnett voters in the weeks leading up to Election Day.
Remaining information sessions are set for:
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 9 a.m. to noon, Georgia Gwinnett College Student Center (1000 University Center Ln. in Lawrenceville)
Monday, March 4, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., New Mercies Christian Church (4000 Five Forks Trickum Rd. in Lilburn)
During the fall, nine academically promising 8th graders learned that college will be in REACH when they graduate from high school. Each of the students will receive a $10,000 scholarship to attend a Georgia college or university after high school graduation. The REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) Georgia Scholarship Program is a needs-based mentoring and scholarship program providing promising students the support to graduate from high school and achieve postsecondary success.
The district’s first “class” of REACH Scholars includes Jerrilyn De La Rosa of Berkmar MS, Takeyra Brown of Grace Snell MS, Melany Pelayo-Medina of Jordan MS, Lewis Le of Lilburn MS, Emmanuel Adebesin of Moore MS, Arelie Barriga of Radloff MS, Kidus Tadessa of Shiloh MS, Jonathan Bell of Snellville MS, and Kendall Reaves of Sweetwater MS.
REACH Georgia is administered by the Georgia Student Finance Authority (GSFA), a companion student finance entity of the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC). GSFC is the state agency that administers the HOPE Scholarship and Grant Program as well as other state- and lottery-funded financial aid programs. GSFC also manages the career and college preparation website, GAfutures.org, and provides educational services such as free financial aid consultation and FAFSA completion assistance to high schools and postsecondary institutions across the state.
Currently in 134 school systems throughout the state, REACH Georgia’s goal is to be in all 180 Georgia school systems and support more than 3,000 students throughout Georgia.
REACH Scholars are paired with a mentor who models positive behavior and provides the student with knowledge, advice, guidance, and support related to education and beyond. Each scholar also is supported by an academic coach who monitors the student’s progress, helping to develop education and career plans and identifying academic and social supports.
In this GCPS TV video, learn more about the program and our REACH Scholars.
The 2018-19 flu season has begun and Georgia is experiencing higher levels of flu than anticipated for this time of year. Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend an annual flu vaccine as the first and best way to protect against influenza. And, although the flu shot can't prevent every case of flu, it can protect you from more severe illness. It’s not too late to get a flu shot so consider getting a shot for yourself and your family members, especially those with asthma and other chronic illnesses.
Health officials encourage families to take precautions to limit the spread of illness, including washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home and keeping ill children home when flu-like and other cold symptoms appear.
If your child has flu-like symptoms, please contact your physician or health clinic for recommendations. The flu may last 7 to 10 days. If your child has a fever, they must be kept home. They must be fever-free for 24 hours without medication prior to returning to school. Please check out health and wellness resources from GCPS, including our “Healthy Habits” flyer for tips on flu prevention. If you have questions about the flu or flu prevention, you also may contact the Gwinnett County Health Department at 770-339-4260.
A partnership with Junior Achievement (JA) launched the JA Discovery Center at Gwinnett, now in its fourth year. Annually, more than 50,000 GCPS middle schoolers take part in day-long simulations at the center to learn how to navigate the workplace and manage money. No matter your profession, your life experiences qualify you to be a successful volunteer to serve as a mentor and coach for students in these simulations:
JA BizTown: Students interact within a simulated economy and take on the role of citizen, consumer, and employee. (6th Grade)
JA Finance Park: Students make the connection between their education and career, career and income, and ultimately their income and future lifestyle. (8th Grade)
More than 4,000 volunteers have supported the Center since its inception. Email VolunteerGwinnett@georgia.ja.org if you’re interested in volunteering at the Center this year.
The JA Center is on the campus of Discovery HS, located at 1333 Old Norcross Road in Lawrenceville.