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Gwinnett County Low-Cost Immunizations

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Gwinnett County Health and Human Services is helping families prepare for the back-to-school season with Health Hero Day at OneStop Norcross Saturday, July 20 from 8:00 AM until noon.

The Gwinnett County Health Department will be providing low-cost immunizations and health screenings while Gwinnett County Public Schools will provide early learning and education tools. Free activities include a kid zone play area, family resources and giveaways. A WIC farmers market will also be onsite for those looking for healthy options.

OneStop Norcross is located at 5030 Georgia Belle Court, Norcross GA. Find more information at Gwinnett County Health and Human Services.  Can't make that one?  A free Community Health Fair is scheduled at Bogan Park in Buford by Live Healthy Gwinnett on July 27th.  

10 Items that Make a Dorm Room like Home

The Georgia Tax Holiday that we once enjoyed as residents of the Peach State is a distant memory, taken over, it seems, by something called Amazon Prime Day.  The deliverables, however, for those of us with new college freshman remain regardless.  We've got to get this kid ready for the next chapter and do everything possible to create an environment that places success within reach.  But there's so much to be done.  During this "prime" season of back-to-school, this list of suggested products that might be worth consideration when easing your freshman into college life.   


Dorm mattresses are often sized twin XL, so you'll want to invest in a good antibacterial mattress cover, comfy mattress topper, sheets and comforter.


Folding Chair

Folding chairs are easily stored under a bed and can be easily set up for personal use or entertaining friends.


Chair Covers

Add some design touches with chair covers that also offer protection from old dorm room chairs.


Room Fan

Dorm room comfort to one occupant may differ from that of another.  And knowing the location of one's room, the light exposure and potential swings in outdoor temperatures are all often unknown at the beginning of one's college journey.   Consider a clip-on fan that makes efficient use of room space, or rather lack thereof.



Building age and maintenance vary and may contribute to room moisture, odors and other undesirable conditions.  A humidifier may be just the right tool to correct some of the bad air and restore comfort.


Ultra-slim Hangers

Skinny hangers take up less space than others and allow for more clothing storage in tight dorm closets.  Some offer a textured surface that keep expensive Tees in place and off of the dorm room floor. 


Storage Bags

Storage bags can be an invaluable part of dorm life, serving either as a laundry carrier or storage space for snacks, clothing, towels and more. 


Beverage Maker

A low-profile, single-cup beverage maker can be a fine addition to the dorm, providing easy access to coffee, tea, soups and more. 


Book Light

A light that brightens a small area over a book, laptop or notepad is a convenient way to get things done while keeping roommate disturbances to a minimum.


Noise-cancelling Headphones

Your student can use the right noise cancelling headphones to personally bring peace to an otherwise noisy room and get things done.

This is certainly not a complete list and has little to do with Gwinnett County specifically (the site earns a small commission whenever anyone buys using a link above or an ad on the right), but may offer some ideas on how to make one's dorm room feel a little more like home.  In addition to multiple thrift stores, the retail landscape includes 12 Walmart Super Centers, two Ollie's Bargain Outlets, five Targets, four Kohl's, three Sam's Clubs, two Costco Wholesale Stores, three Bed, Bath & Beyond stores and four shopping malls, so we're sure to find everything to address our needs.  We'll likely have to pay sales taxes, but Amazon Prime Days, the online coupon sites and other resources available both now and later might just make preparing our college students for success along the path ahead more affordable.

Gwinnett County's 14 Most Popular Thrift Stores

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Welcome home, travelers.  The time has arrived after the Fourth of July Holiday for parents of school-aged kids to begin planning for the Back-to-School Season in Gwinnett County.  All-too-often, that means obtaining the teacher's suggested list of school supplies, monitoring ads for the best prices online or at retail and joining the crowds at one of our fabulous malls.  It can be fun spending hard-earned cash and getting into deep credit card debt during the excitement of the moment.  After all, we want our kids to have all they need to be successful.

Before that day of reckoning when the bills come due, why not plan ahead?  Long before all of the back-to-school ads begin flooding our inboxes and social media threads with their suggestions on what to buy, why not have a look at one of the many thrift stores in Gwinnett County?  Visit often, learn the layout and see how things work before the madness begins in late July and August.  Granted, you'll sound like your parents saying, "Oh my gosh, I just saw that at ..."  But your kid will be happy and you too for saving some dough.

Here are a few examples of what you'll likely find during a weekly store visit.
  • Jackets, jeans and T-shirts with school logos at affordable prices
  • Gently used electronics, lamps, shelves, desks, ideal for a college student
  • Kitchen appliances, cookware, dishes, fans and other household goods
All of the stores seem safe (some in newer buildings), most are well-lit, fairly organized, some even merchandised with far lower prices than you'll find new at traditional retail stores.  What's more?  There's no need to be ashamed.  You'll frequently find late model luxury vehicles parked outside who's owners are not just donating, but shopping too!

Look, we all love our state-of-the-art Gwinnett County Shopping Malls, hardware stores and other retail destinations.  We still shop there, need them to stay open and employing our neighbors.  But you know how to identify a well-manufactured bag, garment, tool or whatever, often a brand name in good condition, new or used.  If a buck can be saved on something found at one of our thrift stores that still holds value, then consider rewarding them with your hard-earned dollar.  

Off topic, but these places also make great product sources for resale on your favorite online store platform.  Start the treasure hunting early at one of these thrift stores, some with multiple locations.  And be sure to ask about their price discount days.

City ThriftGood Deeds ThriftGoodwill
Habitat RestoreHelp is on the WayPark Avenue Thrift
Quinn HouseRestoration Thrift Salvation Army
Seven Springs Thrift ShopSmart Fashion Thrift Southern Thrift Market
St. Vincent de Paul Value Village

Yes, others are here. But these are open during typical business hours.

Gwinnett County Schools Early Registration

Who hew!  Activities, new friends, fun, all of that is less than a month away.  Gwinnett County Public Schools reminds that the school year starts Monday, August 5 and summer is the best time to register, particularly those families who are new to the area or have a child changing schools due to a move.  Determine the school assigned to your address by entering it into the convenient “School Look-up” tool.  Then start the registration process online, gather all of the required records, information, etc. and present it at your assigned school from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, and 25 to complete the registration.

Now back to Summer.