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Class notes: Gainesville State students build website for local church
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The First Baptist Church of Oakwood hosts about 150 students during its Vacation Bible School.

Historically, the registration process had been done by hand, putting a strain on the limited resources of the smaller church.

But now, thanks to a Gainesville State College management class, the church can organize the registration process online.

The idea started as a class assignment from Michael Wayne, a Gainesville State instructor of business.

He asked students to develop a project that would have community relevancy and improve an established process.

Students Yvette Allison of Dawsonville, Angie Wood of Hall County, Beverly Ford of Duluth, Tina Garner of Sugar Hill and Kimberly Allen of Blairsville came up with the idea to develop an online Bible school registration.

“Being a small church with a part-time secretarial staff, sometimes families can’t call and register children for activities during office hours,” said Steve Fenlon, pastor.

“Our website was not designed to allow online registration.

The project that Angie Wood and her associates created will greatly help us involve families in church events.”
The website not only allows for online registration, but it also enables the church’s volunteer staff to work in a secure database to create class rolls, make name tags and easily communicate with students and parents.

Renowned author and journalist to speak at North Georgia
Award-winning author and journalist Melissa Fay Greene will be visiting North Georgia College & State University on Nov. 1 to talk about her latest nonfiction book, a story about her and her husband raising their own four children and five others adopted from foreign orphanages.

Her talk, “No Biking in the House Without a Helmet: Nine Kids, Three Continents, One Family,” is based on her 2011 book, “No Biking in the House Without a Helmet.”

The event, part of the university’s Visiting Authors Program, begins at 7 p.m. in the Health & Natural Sciences Auditorium at North Georgia and is free and open to the public.

State bus tour will stop at Hall County School
The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education will include the Hall County School District in its annual bus tour.

Two tour buses with 70 to 80 partnership members are expected to roll into the World Language Academy on Winder Highway in Chestnut Mountain around 8:30 a.m. on Monday.

Lee Johnson covers education issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him:,, @LeeJTimes