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Macon Area Habitat for Humanity Hosting Birthday Event

Macon Area Habitat for Humanity Hosting Birthday Event

On Saturday, March 19th, volunteer and benefactor Onie Sanders will host her annual benefit party for Macon Area Habitat for Humanity.  The Habitat anticipates 500 guests will come and go between 7:00 and 12 midnight.  The event will be held at the downtown Macon Terminal Station.  Not only will this event mark her milestone 50th birthday, but it will also be the kickoff of a series of events celebrating Macon Area Habitat for Humanity’s 25th Anniversary serving the greater Macon area.

Each year 500 of her friends attends this anticipated party to both celebrate her birthday but also to join in with her typically donating after event expenses over $5,000 or more toward a new Habitat house in Lynmore Estates.  Her event also contributes to our current 2011 Priceless Gifts Campaign to raise $300,000 to build six new houses in Lynmore Estates in 2011.

Teacher Funds Classroom Material Through DonorsChoose.org

Recently, Vineville Academy Strings Teacher Patricia Baser had her fifth project funded through the website DonorsChoose.org: 47 single strings and 25 sets of violin, viola, and cello strings in various sizes. The $1,091 project was completely funded on February 25, 2011.

“The success of these string projects is a direct reflection of the value people across the country place on access to music education such as that available at Vineville Academy,” says Mrs. Baser.

Macon YDC Students to Unveil Mural

Macon YDC Students to Unveil Mural

Students at the Macon Youth Development Campus (YDC) along with renowned artist Emanuel Martinez will unveil entitled “Visualize Your Potential,” at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2011 in the Macon YDC gymnasium.

 The project has been sponsored by the Art for Kids Emanuel Project, a program that provides creative learning materials to incarcerated youth. 

The mural, which measures approximately 90 ft. by 20 ft., is the second of its kind for the project. The first was completed at the Muscogee YDC in January.

Sixteen youths worked with Martinez on the Macon mural, which took about three weeks to complete.   

 Dr. John Rickicki, project coordinator in the DJJ Office of Education, said the project is a great opportunity for the kids.

 “It’s wonderful to have an artist of this caliber take an interest in our kids and leave something behind that will last,” he said.

What a Night

What a Night

Well, Juliette Opry opened up Saturday night for the 2011 season with Exception to the Rule, a family group from up around Athens . The weather cooperated, and we had about 60 people there . (Don't worry we got room for more) . I started my evening off with supper at The WhistleStop Cafe , ummm ,Fried Pork chops with mashed taters and butter beans. We played a little local music before the main show. Nothing like a little dobro to help you digest. Exception to the Rule brought the house down with their mix of old stuff, new stuff and stuff they had written. They closed the show with a mash (my 13-year-old makes me watch glee) of "Foggy Moutain Breakdown" and "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." It was about the best something i had ever heard. These people could really play. Juliette's next show is in April, and I'll post more on that later.

I wanted to tell you about another show coming though.

Mount de Sales Academy Seniors Named as Finalists in National Merit Scholarship Program

Mount de Sales Academy Seniors Named as Finalists in National Merit Scholarship Program

Mount de Sales Academy announces that two students have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. 

Finalists are selected based on PSAT scores earned during the junior year, a complete transcript of grades and SAT test scores, school recommendations, and a student essay.  

Of the some 1.5 million program entrants, only approximately 15,000 are considered in the finalist category.

William Underwood, son of Bill and Lesli Underwood, and Katy Hutto, daughter of Rick and Katherine Hutto, are among this highly selective national group.  Each will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be announced in April, 2011.  

Mount de Sales Academy Student Chosen as 2011 Bibb County STAR Student Recipient

Mount de Sales Academy Student Chosen as 2011 Bibb County STAR Student Recipient

Mount de Sales Academy senior Katy Hutto was selected as the 2011 PAGE STAR Student for Bibb County, and College Counselor and English teacher Benjamin Rollins was selected as the 2011 STAR Teacher. 

This is the 3rd consecutive year that a Mount de Sales Academy senior has claimed the Bibb County STAR Student award. Katy will now move on to compete in the STAR Regions level. 

The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program focuses attention on Georgia’s outstanding high school students and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development and is coordinated by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) in association with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Education. 

Macon State College Hosts Art Festival

Macon State College Hosts Art Festival

“The Arts at Work” is the theme of the 2011 Macon State College Arts Festival scheduled for March 14-16.

All events are in the Macon Campus theater or the rehearsal hall, both located in the Arts Complex, and are free and open to the public.

 For more information, contact Dr. Laura E. Thomason at 478-471-2015.