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Piney Grove enters video in national education competition

by Emme Raus

February 12, 2013

Last year, Piney Grove Middle School students volunteered at the Cumming First United Methodist Church food pantry and about 55 other community organizations. ALDO NAHED.
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CUMMING, Ga. — Piney Grove Middle School is in the running for the Follett Challenge, a program to reward schools for their work applying technology, content and creativity in ways that engage students, foster literacy and promote critical thinking.

A short video was created about Piney Grove's Grizzly Great Day of Giving to help boost the school in this national competition to win up to $60,000.

This year will mark the third annual Grizzly Great Day of Giving at Piney Grove Middle.

Over 1,100 students, 100 staff members and around 100 parent and community volunteers will volunteer their time at more than 60 charitable and nonprofit organizations.

In years past, students, parents and staff members have participated in activities that range from feeding the hungry and visiting the sick to cleaning up the environment and helping the Humane Society.

The video shows the students' giving in action. It was filmed on the first Grizzly Great Day of Giving in 2011. It shows students getting their hands dirty and loving it.

The student, teacher and principal commentary adds perspective to the meaning of the day.

"We have seen the 'ripple effect' of our program in the community. This year, not only do we have more volunteers and volunteer opportunities than ever," said Kristen Deuschle, a media specialist at Piney Grove. "Other schools in the county have decided to start their own charitable programs."

Thirty percent of Piney Grove's total score for the Follett Challenge is based on the number of votes they get. To view their video, visit http://tinyurl.com/pineyvideo and vote.