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Gwinnett Middle Schoolers Create Benches for Suwanee Park

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Left to Right: Mayor Pro Tem Jace Brooks, parent project organizer Heather Thomas, NGMS art teacher Jennifer Droske, parent project organizer Joni Baraban and NGMS Principal Wanda Law

As a community service project, some 600 eighth grade students at North Gwinnett Middle School (now rising freshmen) created six stone and mosaic-style benches, three of which were donated to the City of Suwanee. The colorful benches were presented to City Council on June 21 and installed at PlayTown Suwanee on Main Street earlier this week.

Located beneath a tree beside the pavilion at PlayTown, each bench features a different word: unique, visionary, remarkable. These characteristics, along with “Suwanee quality,”# serve as Suwanee anchor points (those qualities by which City Council and staff weigh significant decisions).

The eighth grade class project was organized by parents Heather Thomas and Joni Baraban as well as North Gwinnett Middle School art teacher Jennifer Droske. Each student created a small colorful clay tile that adorns the tops of the six benches.

Suwanee”s three curved benches are now part of the City”s permanent public art collection and have been included on the Suwanee SculpTour, a walkable exhibit of outdoor sculptures on loan to the City as well as several permanent public art pieces. The other three benches created by students are located at the school.