Education briefs

April 17, 2013 

Houston Special Olympics seeks $25,000 grant

For the past decade, Houston County has given people with special needs something that many take for granted: a chance to compete, test their strengths and their willpower.

But, due to financial hurdles, the program is limited when it comes to Special Olympics. Organizers are attempting to expand the program, but they need the public’s help.

The program is in the running for a $25,000 neighborhood assistance grant from State Farm. It is one of 200 organizations competing for the grants, which will be awarded to the top 40 finalists in an online voting competition.

Anyone with a Facebook account can vote 10 times a day for his or her favorite organization, and Houston County Special Olympics organizers are asking for votes. Voting ends April 22.

“It would be an immediate impact,” said Christy Jones, Houston County schools orthopedic teacher. “This will help them grow as athletes.”

To vote for Houston County, visit, choose the state of Georgia from the map and then click on the “Special Olympics Funding” icon. Users of Facebook also can search for State Farm Neighborhood Assist at the top of their home page.

Linwood principal promoted

Lazunia Frierson, principal of Linwood Elementary School, has been appointed the new executive director for elementary operations for Houston County schools. She will take over the position in July, replacing Cindy Flesher, who has been selected as the new superintendent of school operations.

A Houston County schools alumna, Frierson was an English teacher and cheerleading coach at Northside High School before serving five years as assistant principal at Linwood Elementary. She has been principal of Linwood since 2007, according to a news release.

“I am very fortunate to be able to give back to the school system that has given so much more to me,” she said in the news release.

-- Jenna Mink

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