Dougherty School System Notebook - Oct. 20, 2013

This is a weekly update of news from around the Dougherty County School System

Sherwood Acres Elementary Receives Target Grant

A $3,000 grant was awarded recently to Sherwood Acres Elementary School for its multimedia magnet program. Erin Mathis, Sherwood Acres art teacher, will be conducting graphic design classes for selected students as a special addition to the magnet program. The money received from the grant will allow Sherwood Acres to purchase iPads and other supplies needed for instruction. Target representatives Betty Billings and Andre Brown visited the school to present the grant award and to meet with Mathis and school administrators to discuss the project.

Alice Coachman Plants Teaching Gardens

Administrators, teachers, students, parents, grandparents, and community members gathered at Alice Coachman Elementary School on the morning of October 8 to plant vegetables and herbs in seven raised beds built by parent, teacher, and community volunteers on September 25. Veteran second grade science teacher June Davis has organized this project for the school. Fifth grade students helped Davis prepare the boxes.

Classes arrived at scheduled times and each student had the experience of shoveling dirt into a box, planting plants or seeds, and watering. Students planted collards, Savoy cabbage, romaine leaf lettuce, and herbs with the help of many community helpers including Master Gardeners James Morgan (also UGA extension service county agent) and Linda Harris (also an Alice Coachman mother and grandmother); PTO president Twajuna Gadson; along with Amber Bell, Karen Lawrence, Lindsey Abernathy, Geraldine Hudley, and Lincoln teacher Jill Cribbs from the Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education. Angie Barber and James Morgan from the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Network of Trust helped students plant spinach seeds. The Network has applied to the Monarch Society for funds to also plant butterfly gardens near the teaching gardens.

Albany Tech Project Team Speaks to Albany High Students

The Albany Technical College Students Achieving Success in Engineering Technology (SASET) project team recently volunteered its time to speak to Albany High School’s Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education and Advanced Placement Physics classes. SASET project director Michelle Lilly-Williams, math instructor Noreen McGee, and engineering instructor Dennis Courtney explained to the students the project’s highlights, admission requirements, engineering degree programs, and summer robotics enrichment academy. Following the presentations, students talked with the instructors individually to learn more program details and to receive applications. The SASET project is an initiative to increase the success, persistence, and graduation rates for students in science, technology, engineering, and math areas. Albany High’s work-based learning coordinator, Carene Talley, organized the event.

Union Baptist Donates Uniforms and Shoes to West Town

The Mission Department of Union Baptist Church late last month donated school uniforms and shoes to West Town Elementary School. Church representatives Mary Richardson, Betty Hall, and Rosie Watts presented West Town principal Lee Shiver, assistant principal Marcel Loving, and parent facilitator Subrena Marshall with school uniforms and shoes to help students in need at West Town. The Union Baptist Church congregation, led by Reverend John Severson, is a supporter of West Town.

Monroe High FBLA Supports “Keep Albany Beautiful”

In support of Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard’s “Keep Albany Beautiful” initiative, Monroe Comprehensive High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members conducted their first community volunteer service activity last month. FBLA members put on their gloves and grabbed trash bags to beautify the campus of their “home away from home.” The students picked up trash all around the school grounds improving the appearance and environment for their fellow students and staff members. FBLA advisors at Monroe High are Nicole Mallory and Kathie Stewart.

Paws Patrol Visits International Studies Elementary

The “Paws Patrol” pet partners therapy animal team visited International Studies Elementary Charter School’s third grade students recently. The students have been reading the book “Because of Winn-Dixie” and one of their assigned activities was to research service dogs. The pet owners and their animals interacted with the students as they shared information about the breeds of their animals and the types of activities the animals perform. The students took notes on the medical benefits that humans receive from the human-to-animal bond. The therapy pets included dogs of several breeds and one cat.

ASU Students Donate School Supplies to Morningside

Students from Albany State University’s Housing and Residence Life Hall last month presented Morningside Elementary School principal Ronald Lewis with school supplies. The supplies will help students whose families may not be able to provide the necessary items for school.