The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners hosted a ribbon cutting to officially open the new access drive at Grayson High School and Highway 20. The project, funded by 2005 and 2009 SPLOST monies, came to fruition due to the cooperative efforts of Gwinnett County, school officials, and the community.
Shari Cown, a parent with children in the Grayson High district, said that she began the mission to make the roads safer for students with Rebecca Barnstetter and Jimmy Adams when their children were "just babies." Working with school officials, she credits Commissioner Mike Beaudreau with "making it happen" when he became involved in the project. "He took it to the next level."
Grayson High's Principal David Hopson, sporting his 2012 Championship Ring, wants to claim the access "Champion Way," in honor of the team's state win this year.
"I'm proud and honored to be a part of a community that came together and partnered to make this happen," said Cown.
Champion Way has already been open a few weeks; Hopson and county officials say they have already seen a marked improvement in traffic going to and from schools.