Center Point Names Mark Mobley as New Executive Director

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (April 11, 2019) — The Board of Directors for Center Point, an agency dedicated to promoting the success of students and families through teaching and personal development, announced the hiring of a former pastor and North Hall high school teacher with a strong background in nonprofits as the center’s new Executive Director – replacing its longtime leader David Smith, who recently retired.

Parents: What You need to know about ‘Juuls’ and Vaping

Parents: What You need to know about ‘Juuls’ and Vaping

Parents, have you ever heard of a Juul? Hint: It’s not the shiny little ornament in a necklace or bracelet. Juul is an increasingly popular device used in vaping, the act of inhaling aerosol (or what teens call “vapor”) from an electronic cigarette. It can be very...
Center Point Awards Scholarships at Honors Night

Center Point Awards Scholarships at Honors Night

Pictured: Anna McClendon, scholarship recipient, with her parents.   Several area students received $500 college scholarships during our recent 50th Anniversary Honors Night Celebration at First Baptist Church in Gainesville. The Margaret Braff Christian Service...
Nationwide rise in school shootings scaring our young students

Nationwide rise in school shootings scaring our young students

Story By Dr. Marshall Bruner.   I recently met with a student who is struggling with anxiety and did not want to attend school. The student feels safe when a parent is around and safest when all the family is at home. I wanted to tell the student, “You are safe...

Center Point Remembers Longtime Advocate Becky Gurr

Center Point supporter Becky Gurr recently passed away. A career educator, Becky taught students throughout Southwest Georgia before coming to Gainesville High in 1986 as assistant principal. She held that role until her retirement in 2000. Becky was a strong...
David Smith Receives Jacobs Youth Service Award

David Smith Receives Jacobs Youth Service Award

Our Center Point family congratulates long-time Executive Director, David Smith, for receiving the John W. Jacobs Youth Service Award last week. This recognition is awarded each year by the Gainesville Kiwanis Club to a member of the community who shares their passion...
How Center Point is Fighting Sex Trafficking

How Center Point is Fighting Sex Trafficking

Center Point Teaching Awareness and Protection Against Youth Sex Trafficking Sex trafficking is not just a big city problem. It can happen anywhere – even in Gainesville-Hall County. Just recently, for example, there was a highly publicized sex trafficking case in...
Center Point educates Smart Girls

Center Point educates Smart Girls

What is Smart Girls? Smart Girls is an abstinence-based educational and support group offered to all middle and high schools in the Hall County and Gainesville City school systems. These groups meet weekly during the school day on school premises serving seven to ten...

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