GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Dacula’s McClain Hermes honored for her volunteer work | News

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Dacula’s McClain Hermes honored for her volunteer work | News

McClain Hermes was was recently awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and a President’s Volunteer Service Award for her volunteer work. (File photo)

Seventeen-year-old McClain Hermes is known for her swimming prowess, having represented Team USA in the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio de Janiero. But the Gwinnett Online Campus student has also been busy spending her time helping others through volunteer work.

The Dacula resident was recently awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and a President’s Volunteer Service Award for her volunteer work.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honor young people for outstanding volunteer service. Certificates of Excellence are granted to the top 10 percent of all Prudential Spirit of Community Award applicants in each state. Applicants are selected by several criteria including initiative, effort, impact and personal growth.

Hermes, who is completely blind in one eye and has severely limited vision in the other, was honored for her work with Shoes for the Souls, a nonprofit organization she started, donates new and slightly used shoes to a local homeless shelter. She started the “small service project” nine years ago, when she was just 8, and has now collected and donated more than 21,000 pairs of shoes to The Atlanta Mission.

Eight Gwinnett students named to U.S. Presidential Scholar Program

Eight Gwinnett County Public Schools students were named candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The program was established in 1964 by executive order of President Lyndon B. Johnson to recognize and honor some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.

In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

The eight GCPS students are Andy T. Chea from Central Gwinnett High School, Kaitlyn G. Choe from Discovery High School, Esther Choi from North Gwinnett High School, Matthew J. Kim from Mountain View High School, Ruby C. Lee from Brookwood High School, Gabrielle Loyd from Peachtree Ridge High School, Paul M. Matesevac from Collins Hill High School and Dhaivat M. Mehta Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology.

Gwinnett Dual Language Immersion program opens

Registration for Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Dual Language Immersion program opened Thursday morning and will continue through 3 p.m. on May 10.

Students in the DLI program spend half of the school day learning in English and the other half learning content areas in the target language, such as Spanish or French. Through the program, students develop proficiency in both English and a new language while ensuring both academic achievement and intercultural competence. The program starts with kindergarten students, then builds by one grade level every year.

Rising kindergartners starting school in 2018-19 are eligible to register for the Spanish programs at Annistown Elementary School, Baldwin Elementary School, Bethesda Elementary School, Camp Creek Elementary School, Ivy Creek Elementary School, Level Creek Elementary School, and Meadowcreek Elementary School or the French program at Trip Elementary School. Schools will accept transfers if available slots are not filled by students in the school zone and families provide transportation.

Gwinnett teachers participate in job shadowing

This past week, teachers in Gwinnett County participated in job shadow days in support of teacher professional development. Gwinnett County Public School’s Office of Academies and Career and Technical Education supported the weeklong initiative to allow teachers to spend time in the workplace to learn through direct experience about trends, skill requirements and opportunities in industries related to their subject in order to enrich and strengthen their teaching and bring relevance to student learning.

More than 50 teachers in both the school district’s CTE program and core academic teachers participated in the event, which aimed to improve their pedagogical practices by incorporating new methods, labor market information and employment skills that meet industry standards.

Trevor McNaboe is the Education Writer for The Gwinnett Daily Post. He can be reached via email at [email protected] or Twitter @GDP_TrevorMac.

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