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CSU, Clayton schools off for holidays

Jan. 5

The Clayton County Board of Education will hold its first business meeting of 2009 on Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at 6:30 p.m., at the Central Administration Complex, 1058 Fifth Ave., Jonesboro.

Jan. 15

Clayton State University will commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., with a program entitled "Remembering the King," on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 11:30 a.m., at the university's Lawson Amphitheater, next to Swan Lake and Spivey Hall.

Jan. 19

Clayton State University will hold its Seventh Annual Freedom Run 10K and 5K road races, on Monday, Jan. 19, at 9 a.m., on the university's Morrow Campus. Race day registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., at Clayton State's Athletics and Fitness Center, and the cost will be $20. Runners who register before Jan. 11, will receive a discount rate of $15. Log onto http://www.rungeorgia.com/freedomrun.html, to register for the race.

Jan. 20

Clayton State University's Student Government Association will host a presidential inauguration viewing party on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m., in the university's Student Activities Center, so the community can watch President-elect Barack Obama be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.

Notes

The United States Army recently announced that Pvt. Timothy J. Powers, a 2008 graduate of Morrow High School, has graduated from a nine-week basic combat training course at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. During his training, Powers studied basic combat skills; military weapons; chemical warfare; drill and ceremony; rifle marksmanship; map reading; field tactics; the military justice system, and basic first aid.

The United States Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) recently announced that Peqwita L. Thornton, daughter of Jonesboro residents, Curtis and Love Baber, has graduated from its 32-day Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Wash. The primary focus of the course is to develop and evaluate each cadet's officer potential as a leader by exercising the cadet's intelligence; common sense; ingenuity, and physical stamina. The cadet command assesses each cadet's performance and progress in officer traits, qualities and professionalism. Cadets in their junior and senior year of college must complete the leadership development course. Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program -- and graduation from college -- cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard, or Reserve. Thornton received a bachelor's degree in 2007 from Florida A&M University, in Tallahassee, Fla.

The United States Army National Guard recently announced that Sgt. 1st Class Tyanna L. Washington, a 2008 graduate of Mt. Zion High School, has graduated from a nine-week basic combat training course at Fort Jackson, in Columbia, S.C. During her training, Washington studied basic combat skills; military weapons; chemical warfare; drill and ceremony; rifle marksmanship; map reading; field tactics; the military justice system, and basic first aid. She is the daughter of Stockbridge resident, Traci Cowell.

The United States Army recently announced that Pvt. Justin T. Poles, a 2008 graduate of Mundy's Mill High School, has graduated from a basic combat training course at Fort Jackson, in Columbia, S.C. During his training, Poles studied basic combat skills; military weapons; chemical warfare; drill and ceremony; rifle marksmanship; map reading; field tactics; the military justice system, and basic first aid. He is the son of Jonesboro resident,Teirsa Richardson and Rochester, N.Y. resident, Chris Poles.

Ongoing

The Clayton County Public Library system offers many services to students, including tutoring programs for those who speak either English or Spanish, and online practice tests and electronic test preparation books for the SAT, GED, ASVAB, and TOEFFL exams. Visit the Clayton County Library web site at www.claytonpl.org.

School notebook is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily compiled by staff writer Curt Yeomans. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247, or via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.