Thumbs Up! - Feb. 27, 2012

Three Albany Technical College students have earned the privilege to be a part of the International Career Development Competition in Salt Lake City. The three placed at the State DECA Competition recently which earned them a trip to Nevada in April. Vanessa Wright placed second in the Prepared Business Plan/ Entrepreneurship category. Kayla Robinson and Arthur Love finished first in website design. Here's wishing this trio good luck at the next level.

As a continuing effort to bring local law enforcement and the public together for the education and safety of everyone, the Albany Police Department has two upcoming classes. The 26th annual Citizens Police Academy is accepting applications for the 12-week sessions aimed at teaching citizens the ins and outs of department, its services, its officers and much more. The 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. classes will begin on March 20 and wind down on June 5. A separate class, Basic Firearm Safety, will be held on March 17 beginning at 8 a.m.and last throughout the day. Both of these educational endeavors by APD are free. Call Phyllis Banks at (229) 483-6298 for registration details.

The numbers are in and the Lee County Daddy Daughter Dance was a huge success. In only its third year, the event has grown from a crowd of about 300 to more than 1,200. With the sponsorship of Leesburg United Methodist Church, congregation members and other volunteers (more than 100 of them) turned the Lee County Elementary School gymnasium into an enchanted garden. A big thanks goes out to all the folks that made this event possible and an even bigger thank you goes to all the daddies that took the time to escort their daughters on a night not soon forgotten.

Prizes for the final leg of the Flint RiverQuarium's turtle race are bigger and better than ever before. Adopt one turtle for $5 or pay $100 for 20 plus six thrown in for free and support the RiverQuarium. The top prize is $5,000 cash followed by free gas for a year, a $1,000 grocery gift card, a kayak, one-year mosquito treatment, and more. Adoption forms are available in The Albany Herald or if you have questions, call (229) 639-2650. Hurry up! The big race is on March 3 at 4:30 p.m. at the water steps of the RiverQuarium.

Yard sales, all-male beauty pageants, baby-sitting services, and any possible other way to raise money all point to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Individuals and teams work for days, weeks and/or months (some never stop) to raise money to fight the battle of cancer. One such fundraiser is coming up on March 10 in Sylvester. The 'Mom Prom', allows mothers and their children, ages 1-12, a chance to dress up and go out to dance. Tickets are available at the primary and elementary schools, at the Worth County Board of Education or the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce.

Speaking of fundraisers, Jones-Wheat Elementary School in Bainbridge wanted to help with the medical expenses of first grade student Jeremy Backey. This youngster was diagnosed with cancer in pre-K and is currently undergoing treatment. Because the school was new at this sort of thing, staff members decided to prepare 500 pork chop plates with high hopes of selling all the tickets. Within a two-day period, they were all gone! With the ticket sales and donations from the community, a check was presented to the family for $5,000. Otha Backey,Jeremy's mother and a kindergarten teacher at his school, was reminded of an expression she had often heard..."Love is what it does, not what it says."