Norcross News - September 2018

Norcross News Covering No cross, Peachtree Corners & Duluth • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Volume 28, No. 9 • SEPTEMBER 2018 PRICELESS ISSUE! Atlanta Food Bank, Gwinnett Schools Partnered During Summer Break Rita Williams (left) gives little Isis Adams snacks, part of Book Mobile Initiative this past summer in Gwinnett. (Jenna Eason) We’re into fall now with schools in session, but dur- ing the lull this past summer Gwinnett Public Schools and Atlanta Community Food Bank forged a creative partnership to help children in the county with education- al and nutritional sustenance. Many families in Gwinnett rely on reduced-price lunches they get for kids in school, but that opportunity usually comes to an abrupt end in summer. It’s also a time when children can’t easily go to libraries to check out books. And so there was regularly this past summer from Mondays-Fridays, June 4-July 27, a 35-stop travel route by two Book Mobiles for deliveries in the Norcross-Meadowcreek cluster. They provided more than just food for thought. Also included were snacks and meals, filling in some critical nutritional gaps for local kids until schools recently began the 2018-2019 academic year. Continued on page 4 Gwinnett Graduates 100th Police Academy County law enforcement grows with new class of sworn officers. (Gwinnett County Police Department.) In mid-July Gwinnett celebrated graduation of its 100th Police Academy in a ceremony at the Infinite Energy Forum. Graduates of the new class are part of a multicul- tural force that includes officers from not only the U.S., but also Jamaica and Rwanda. There’s much noteworthy about this historic addition to the Gwinnett PD. It took place dur- ing the County Bicentennial (1818-2018). And the class of 42 new officers was the largest in Gwinnett’s history, help- ing keep pace with the county’s dramatic growth. Even as Gwinnett grows it is always mindful that it’s an extended family, said County Administrator Glenn Stephens. He pointed out something I hadn’t noticed, that Gwinnett patrol cars have clear, not tinted, win- dows, standard for many police departments. Gwinnett PD wants people “to see inside our police cars,” he said. “Your family is Gwinnett County and that’s what y’all are a part of.” Gwinnett Chief A.A. “Butch” Ayers believes that good community policing is vital and that an important basis is integrity. He expressed confidence in the new alumni of Gwinnett Police Academy, saying “we are con- fident that you can rely on your superior training, your superior equipment and our core values to assist you with any situation you may encounter.” And that’s very good for citizens to know and trust. -Dr. Paul Hudson