Tom Gardner, the owner of GHD Corporation in Norcross presents a check for $1,000 to Maxwell High Fire Services instructor Gary LaPrad as students look on. COURTESY OF GWINNETT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Gwinnett’s Maxwell HS receives donation for fire services program

Student success relies heavily on community support in many ways. Maxwell High School of Technology’s Fire Services Program recently received a $1,000 donation by Tom Gardner, the owner of GHD Corporation in Norcross. Garner, a fire protection engineer and the current president of the Greater Atlanta Fire Protection Engineers Association, is a long-time supporter of Maxwell’s Fire Services Program. 

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He presented the funds to Gary LaPrad, a fire services teacher at the school, who said he is thankful for the time and attention Gardner gives the program and its students.  “I am very happy to have members of our community actively participating in the fire program. Mr. Gardner serves on the Fire Services Advisory Board and has graciously given his time and resources over the past few years,” LaPrad said. 

The Fire Services program addresses the essential components needed for fire and emergency services. Students learn about firefighting, emergency medical responder, and public safety communications in order to explore career options such as interagency communications, medical services and firefighting.

Principal Jeff Hall added his thanks for Gardner’s involvement with the program.

“We are grateful for Mr. Gardner’s support. His generous donation will certainly benefit our students in the classroom and will allow us to purchase equipment and clothing that will help prepare students for the future,” said Hall.

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