Project Ad­ven­ture Kids vote in mock elec­tion

Stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in Con­sti­tu­tion Day ac­tiv­i­ties

The Covington News - - OPINION - Staff re­ports

Project Ad­ven­ture Kids stu­dents re­cently joined more than 40,000 stu­dents across the coun­try by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 2007 Mock Con­sti­tu­tional Con­ven­tion spon­sored by the Youth Lead­er­ship Ini­tia­tive, a na­tional civic ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram based at the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia Cen­ter for Pol­i­tics.

Dur­ing the first two weeks of Oc­to­ber, more than 430,000 votes were cast in the na­tion’s largest stu­den­tonly, on­line mock elec­tion in the na­tion. Bal­lots sug­gested amend­ments to the Con­sti­tu­tion and pro­vided teach­ers the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage stu­dents in the elec­toral process.

Long- time Project Ad­ven­ture teacher Dee Maxwell said he was im­pressed with the sin­cere man­ner in which the stu­dents ap­proached cast­ing their votes.

“ They voted as if it was their way of ex­press­ing their con­cerns about the is­sues and the fu­ture of the coun­try,” Maxwell said. “ The true learn­ing as­pect of the event was the class dis­cus­sions be­fore and af­ter vot­ing.”

He added he also was im­pressed with the stu­dents’ in­sights about why the coun­try and the fu­ture lead­ers would be in­ter­ested in their thoughts and con­cerns.

“ Many of the is­sues they were vot­ing about had to do with the pro­cesses es­tab­lished in the U. S. Con­sti­tu­tion.”

Project Ad­ven­ture Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­nity Af­fairs Donna Auchen­bach said she was so proud of the stu­dents and also said the bright stu­dents that the cen­ter helps need the sup­port of the com­mu­nity dur­ing the hol­i­days.

Those who want to help can spec­ify what will fit into their bud­get, re­ceive a list for one or sev­eral chil­dren or adopt a group home by do­nat­ing house­hold items.

Gift cards and checks are also wel­come and vol­un­teers are needed to wrap presents as Christ­mas ap­proaches.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to pro­vide as­sis­tance to or vol­un­teer at Project Ad­ven­ture, call Donna Auchen­bach at ( 770) 4908817 or visit www. pro­jec­tad­ven­turekids. org.

GPC sym­po­sium

Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Col­lege will host a three- day sym­po­sium Nov. 6- 8 to cel­e­brate the his­tory and cul­ture of its new­est ser­vice area — New­ton County.

The event fea­tur­ing mu­sic, sto­ry­telling, dis­cus­sions of lo­cal his­tory, films and food is free and open to the pub­lic.

Fes­tiv­i­ties be­gin at 11 a. m. Nov. 6 with a screen­ing of the pilot episode of “ In the Heat of the Night.” At 7 p. m. Cov­ing­ton- na­tive Andy Of­futt Ir­win will per­form a hu­mor­ous sto­ry­telling pro­gram. Joyce and Jacque will per­form soul­ful singing also.

An out­door bar­be­cue feast with mu­sic by the Bucka­roo Boys will be­gin at noon Nov. 7. GPC film pro­fes­sor Linda Bowen will present a film fes­ti­val start­ing at 7 p. m. be­gin­ning with a screen­ing of “ My Cousin Vin­nie” — filmed partly in New­ton County.

The sym­po­sium con­cludes at 11 a. m. Nov. 8 with the panel dis­cus­sion “ Ghosts and Grave­yards.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about next week’s fes­tiv­i­ties, call ( 770) 278- 1321.

Learn­ing Cen­ter bunco

The Learn­ing Cen­ter will host an evening of Ladies’ Big Bunco at 7 p. m. Nov. 8 at The Cen­ter on Wash­ing­ton Street.

The Learn­ing Cen­ter Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Mol­lie Melvin said no ex­pe­ri­ence or skill is needed to play.

En­try fees of $ 20, which in­clude food and bev­er­ages, will help fund projects of The Learn­ing Cen­ter.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion is best known for its 30- minute work­shop “ Leap into Books” for adults with chil­dren younger than 4. At­ten­dance at the work­shop makes fam­i­lies el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive a free hard­back book ev­ery month un­til the child’s fifth birth­day.

More than 1,000 New­ton County chil­dren re­ceive books from the Dolly Par­ton Imag­i­na­tion Li­brary ev­ery month. The books cost ap­prox­i­mately $ 35 per year per child.

New pro­grams for next year in­clude show­ing par­ents how they can use mu­sic, nu­tri­tion and for­eign lan­guage ac­tiv­i­ties to stim­u­late chil­dren’s minds.

To re­serve a seat for bunco or for more in­for­ma­tion about The Learn­ing Cen­ter, visit www. leap­in­to­books. org or call ( 770) 787- 2278.

Iron Chef

The New­ton County Li­brary will host the first High School Iron Chef com­pe­ti­tion at 6 p. m. Nov. 8 in the meet­ing room.

Par­tic­i­pants will com­pete in the cat­e­gories of healthy al­ter­na­tive sal­ads and desserts with the sur­prise in­gre­di­ent pro­vided with the li­brary.

All uten­sils and a mi­crowave will be avail­able.

Reg­is­tra­tion forms are avail­able at the li­brary. Com­pleted sign- up forms are due no later than Nov. 6.

Book Week

Por­terdale El­e­men­tary is call­ing for vol­un­teer read­ers for Na­tional Chil­dren’s Book Week Nov. 12- 16.

To re­serve a date and time to read to stu­dents call Rachel Peters at ( 770) 7842928.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Po­lit­i­cally en­gaged: Long-time Project Ad­ven­ture teacher shows stu­dents how to weigh in on Con­sti­tu­tional is­sues.

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