Project Adventure Kids vote in mock election
Students participate in Constitution Day activities
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.
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.
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.
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.
Politically engaged: Long-time Project Adventure teacher shows students how to weigh in on Constitutional issues.