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Girl gives teacher her 75 cents in ice cream money to help with family funeral

A kind-hearted gesture by an Alabama sixth-grader has gone viral after the girl gave up her ice cream money -- 75 cents -- to help fund the funeral for her teacher’s father-in-law.

Price Lawrence, an English teacher at Highlands Elementary School in Huntsville, posted about the moment Tuesday on Facebook. He said that his first period students could tell that he was “a little off” that morning, so he explained that his wife’s father had died over the weekend and that he was worried about her.

The students offered their condolences, then got busy on classwork. The subject of their teacher’s family’s loss was forgotten, except for one girl. 

“While standing at my door giving hugs and high-fives at dismissal to second period, one little girl put something in my hand,” Lawrence wrote. “She told me, ‘This is for your wife. I know it was real expensive when my daddy died, and I don’t really want ice cream today anyways.’”

Lawrence posted a photo of what the girl gave him -- three quarters and a note on an index card on which she had written, “Ms. Laerence (sic), I’m sorry,” followed by a frowny face in what appeared to be red colored pencil.

“I wish the world would pay more attention to children,” Lawrence wrote. “We could learn a lot from them.”

As of Friday morning, Lawrence’s post had been shared close to 260,000 times. More than 31,000 people responded to it. 

“That is how children should be raised,” one man wrote. “Kudos to that family.”

“God bless her little heart,” a woman wrote. 

Other commenters said the girl’s gesture had them in tears.

“Amazing how much love children have,” another woman wrote. “God bless this little one. Learn from her.”

“If we all had a heart like this sweet child, what a wonderful world we would have,” a third woman wrote. 

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Lawrence’s wife, Jessica Lawrence, posted the image on her own Facebook page, saying that the girl’s heart “affected (her) in the most positive way.” Jessica Lawrence, a high school English teacher, went on to say that the child’s gesture reminded her of the famous quote children’s television icon Mr. Rogers used when discussing tragedy.

“My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping,’” Rogers said. “To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers -- so many caring people in the world.” 

Jessica Lawrence had a message for her own helpers.

“I see you, I love you and I appreciate you,” she wrote. “Thank you for giving me reason to continue to believe in the goodness of the world.”

One commenter wrote that he would not only give the girl a hug, but also make sure she gets all the ice cream she wants.

“I might have already paid the lunchroom for her ice cream for the rest of the week,” Price Lawrence responded. “Anonymously, of course.”

Gwinnett County offering special gun safety class for teachers

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office is offering a special firearms safety training class for teachers.

During the free training, teachers will learn Georgia law on carrying firearms and the use of deadly force. The class will also cover topics such as situational awareness and weapon selection.

The sheriff said due to recent events, like the Florida school shooting, he wanted to offer teachers something to enhance their personal safety outside the classroom.

The class will be held at the end of March. Teachers can email Sabrina Cooper at sabrina.cooper@gwinnettcounty.com for more information and to register.

The Gwinnett County School District sent the following statement about the class:

“The only people who can legally carry a gun on a Gwinnett school campus are our school resource officers and other certified police officers. That said, there are a number of things that can be learned from these types of opportunities.”

The school district said teachers have year-round training to make sure they know what to do in an active shooter situation. The district held hard lockdown drills at schools this week to prepare for those types of incidents.

“There are tornado drills, fire drills, emergency drills … I think it would be a great idea,” resident Angela White said.  

“Life is unpredictable. You never know what is going to happen," a student said. 

Gwinnett County offering special gun safety class for teachers

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office is offering a special firearms safety training class for teachers.

During the free training, teachers will learn Georgia law on carrying firearms and the use of deadly force. The class will also cover topics such as situational awareness and weapon selection.

The sheriff said due to recent events, like the Florida school shooting, he wanted to offer teachers something to enhance their personal safety outside the classroom.

The class will be held at the end of March. Teachers can email Sabrina Cooper at sabrina.cooper@gwinnettcounty.com for more information and to register.

The Gwinnett County School District sent the following statement about the class:

“The only people who can legally carry a gun on a Gwinnett school campus are our school resource officers and other certified police officers. That said, there are a number of things that can be learned from these types of opportunities.”

The school district said teachers have year-round training to make sure they know what to do in an active shooter situation. The district held hard lockdown drills at schools this week to prepare for those types of incidents.

“There are tornado drills, fire drills, emergency drills … I think it would be a great idea,” resident Angela White said.  

“Life is unpredictable. You never know what is going to happen," a student said. 

Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates pleads guilty in Mueller investigation

Rick Gates, a former aide in President Donald Trump's campaign, pleaded guilty to making false statements and conspiring against the United States on Friday, making him the fifth person to enter a guilty plea in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

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Kyle Busch wins Atlanta pole, Wallace still in spotlight

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) - Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. was the hot topic even as Kyle Busch won the pole Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Busch will start in front Sunday in the second race of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup season after edging Ryan Newman in a close battle.

Busch overcame handling problems in the first two rounds of qualifying to win the pole with a lap of 184.652 mph in the third round. Busch won his 28th career pole, and his first at Atlanta.

Busch beat Newman's 184.419 mph.

Wallace will start 19th, in the middle of the 36-car field. Much of the talk Friday remained on his second-place finish in last week's Daytona 500 .

Wallace was the first black driver in the Daytona 500 field since 1969 . The second-place finish was the highest for a black driver and any rookie.

"It was just crazy, awesome," Wallace said Friday.

On Sunday, he'll be the first black Cup racer in an Atlanta race since Bill Lester finished 38th in 2006.

Ryan Blaney, who will start 26th, revealed Friday that last week Dale Earnhardt Jr . was so worried about Wallace that he arranged for Blaney to provide counsel for the rookie.

"He was like 'Hey, I need you to go call Bubba and calm him down because I think he was getting overwhelmed with all the media and the pressure that was kind of being thrown upon him and we haven't even gotten started yet,'" Ryan Blaney said.

Blaney, who is friends with both Earnhardt and Wallace, said he encouraged Wallace to enjoy the "well-deserved opportunity."

Blaney said the second-place finish proved Wallace "dealt with it really well."

Kevin Harvick qualified third, followed by Daniel Suarez. Defending champion Brad Keselowski qualified fifth. Austin Dillon, coming off the win at Daytona, will start 25th.

Defending NASCAR Cup champion Martin Truex will start 35th after his car did not pass inspection. As a penalty, car chief Blake Harris was suspended for the weekend and a 30-minute practice hold will be enforced on Saturday.

Wallace finished sixth in Atlanta's Xfinity race last year.

"This will be my first time in Atlanta in a Cup car," he said. "I know how this place is in an Xfinity car and it's not any fun, well it's a lot of fun, don't get me wrong, but hanging onto that thing is a challenge. I'm looking forward to it."

Wallace's boss, team owner Richard Petty, said the rookie is adjusting just fine.

"No, he don't feel like he's a rookie," Petty said. "... I think he fell in really good with the guys who have been there for a long time because so far he hasn't done anything really stupid. As long as we keep him straight, he'll be OK."

The strong showing at Daytona solidified the status of Wallace, 24, as a rising star in NASCAR.

Atlanta Motor Speedway president Ed Clark said calls to his ticket office this week were dominated by fans expressing interest in Wallace.

"He's going to be great," Clark said.

Blaney and Wallace have been friends since the two 10-year-old boys raced Bandolero cars together.

Blaney said he believes Wallace "can have a huge impact" on the 43 Chevrolet and "grow it to places it hasn't been in recent years."

The only distraction for Wallace is a feud with Denny Hamlin. Wallace said Friday he has been excluded from Hamlin's informal golf league, which includes a few other NASCAR drivers. Wallace added "I removed myself" from Hamlin's basketball league.

The problems between the two began last week when Wallace objected to what Hamlin said was intended to be a joke when he claimed 70 percent of NASCAR drivers take the prescription drug Adderall to help with concentration.

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For more AP racing coverage: http://racing.ap.org

Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 4 Evening' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 4 Evening" game were:

6-0-4-2

(six, zero, four, two)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Georgia FIVE Evening' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Georgia FIVE Evening" game were:

4-8-0-6-8

(four, eight, zero, six, eight)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 3 Evening' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 3 Evening" game were:

5-7-5

(five, seven, five)

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