Suwanee School Clusters Happenings


North Gwinnett Packs Meals to Feed Starving Children
More than 145 North Gwinnett Football players, coaches, trainers and cheerleaders donned hairnets to pack thousands of meals to feed starving children around the world. The event which took place March 23 at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, was held in conjunction with “Feed My Starving Children” and Sugarloaf United Methodist Church.




Paul with King Daddy Polecat

Lanier High School Event Raises $9,000 for Kidney Transplant
The fundraiser for the Lanier Middle School teacher Paul Murphy who has a genetic kidney disease was a success. According to organizers, the event raised about $9,000 where three local bands and the former Lanier Middle School Guitar Club rocked the Lanier High School Theater making music for a cause. All proceeds go to benefit a matching

grant fund for Paul Murphy at the Georgia Transplant Foundation. To make a donation to Paul, visit



Parsons Elementary Student, a National Finalist for Song
Emma Sophia Oleksinski, 6, is a national finalist for the Reflections art contest for her submission, an original song entitled, “We’re All Different.”
The song won at the local school level (Parsons ES), county level and state level and Emma accepted her award at the end of March in a program at the Woodruff Arts Center.
According to her mother, Emma is one of Suwanee’s biggest “little” fans
“We visit the Town Center often for dining, shows, entertainment, and shopping,” Wendy Olekinsinski said. “We are very proud of her!”




Peachtree Ridge High’s Dr. Scruggs Receives GA Music Educator Honor
A Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) teacher, who has shared her love for music with students for close to three decades, was recently honored by a group of Georgia music educators. Dr. Bernadette Scruggs, a Peachtree Ridge High Orchestra teacher, was named the 2012 Georgia American String Teacher Association Educator of the Year.






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