GCPS enjoys strong support from the stakeholders in our community— from students, parents, and staff to business partners, community organizations, and civic leaders. We’re especially proud that our schools are a source of community pride and a major factor in the economic vitality of Gwinnett County.
Just this fall, Gwinnett schools and programs have received hundreds of thousands of dollars in generous grants and support from a number of organizations and businesses, including the following:
- More than $150,000 in Walton EMC EmPOWERment Grants for teachers and programs at 24 GCPS schools;
- An $85,000 grant-funded KaBOOM playground for Beaver Ridge ES from partner Newell Brands;
- Support for the engineering program at Duluth HS funded by a $35,000 grant from Iconex;
- A $30,000 Arconic Foundation Grant to build an innovation lab at GSMST;
- More than $28,000 in Jackson EMC Bright Ideas Grants for 18 teachers at 10 middle schools;
- A $25,000 grant to Grayson HS from Food Well Alliance for the school’s urban farming program;
- A $20,000 FIRST Grant for STEM education in the Meadowcreek Cluster;
- A $16,000 3M Corp. Grant for the physics lab at Brookwood HS; and
- A $25,000 grant from Primerica and a $5,000 TJX donation to support the district’s Community-Based Mentoring Program.
In addition, hundreds and hundreds of business partners and community supporters donate time, talent, and treasure to our local schools, specific programs, and designated events for students and staff. Cluster foundations and the Gwinnett County Foundation Fund also benefit from generous support in our community.
And many employers— including Gwinnett Medical Center, Peach State Federal Credit Union, and Travelers— maintain ongoing partnerships with the district to ensure that our students have exposure to potential careers and opportunities to prepare for their future. Dozens of businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs support our seven College and Career Academies, and hundreds in the community step up to support student learning opportunities such as the Career Connections event in the fall and the upcoming Gwinnett Science, Engineering + Innovation Fair.
These are just a handful of the ways in which GCPS has been supported this fall. The district is profoundly grateful for the strong level of community support as we work together to build a better, stronger Gwinnett County. We know that the entire community has a stake in GCPS’ success because good schools build good communities and good communities sustain good schools. In turn, our students and staff are committed to giving back by contributing to the county’s quality of life through involvement in the community.
In 2018, we look forward to continued partnerships and new opportunities to connect our community and our schools to the benefit of Gwinnett schoolchildren. Thank you all!