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Class Notes: Gainesville teacher wins grant for classroom
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Jennifer Lefevre is the recipient of an $850 grant via Clipper Petroleum.

A teacher at Fair Street School in Gainesville, Lefevre will use the funds to further establish her classroom lending library.

“While taking master’s level classes, I read the book titled ‘The Book Whisperer,’” Lefevre said. “Since then, I have had a personal goal to not only teach my students how to read but to encourage them to love reading. I started building my own classroom library about two years ago so that my students are able to explore different genres and have all types of books at their fingertips.”

Lefevre, who teaches Interrelated Special Education for kindergarten and first and second grades, applied for the grant online in August with the Clipper Petroleum Foundation, a nonprofit that supports schools and other charities.

UNG hires Tomlinson as 1st executive in residence

Perry Tomlinson has been hired as the University of North Georgia’s first BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership executive in residence.

Tomlinson will assist the center in teaching students of the Mike Cottrell College of Business, and other regional organizations, about organizational culture, business ethics, leadership and change management.

He has more than 35 years in the banking industry and is the former BB&T regional president.

“I am thrilled to be part of this great university,” Tomlinson said in a news release. “It is an honor to be chosen as the first person to fill this role, and my hope is that our work helps develop and promote high ethical standards and skills in the current and future business leaders of our region.”

Hall, Gainesville school boards to meet Monday

In their final meetings of the year, both Hall and Gainesville school boards will meet Monday.

Hall County’s meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at East Hall High School, 3534 E. Hall Road.

Gainesville will meet at 6 p.m. at the Gainesville High School Media Center, 830 Century Place. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. for board member David Syfan, who did not run for re-election this year. Gainesville native Brett Mercer ran unopposed for the position and will take Syfan’s seat beginning Jan. 1.

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