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'The Laramie Project' to open at Clayton State

Today

The Clayton State University Gay-Straight Alliance will host a Day of Silence today from 6 a.m., to 6 p.m., in the second-floor loft of the James M. Baker University Center. The event is designed to put the spotlight on lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender harassment. For more information, log on to http://studentorg.clayton.edu/gssa/, or send an e-mail to GayStraightAlliance@clayton.edu.

Friday

The Clayton State University Theater group will open a four-performance run of "The Laramie Project" Friday, beginning at 8 p.m., at the university's theater in the Arts and Sciences Building. Admission is $5. For more information, call (678) 466-4740.

Saturday-Sunday

The city of Riverdale and the Clayton County Adolescent Coalition will co-sponsor the Clayton County Mega Service Day Saturday from 8 a.m., to 12 p.m., at Riverdale First Baptist Church, 6805 Church Street, Riverdale. Activities planned for the event will include the removal of trash and debris from public rights of way, improvements to playground equipment and beautification projects for elderly residents. For more information, call (770) 473-5439.

Clayton State University will host the Vietnamese Student Association of Georgia 2009 Olympics on Saturday from 8:30 a.m., to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from 9 a.m., to 1:30 p.m., at the school's soccer field, and Student Activities Center.

The Clayton County Council of PTA's Spring Conference and General Body Meeting will be held Saturday from 9 a.m., to 12 p.m., at Forest Park High School, 5452 Philips Drive, Forest Park. Send an e-mail to wendylabat@comcast.net for more information.

Jonesboro High School's Parent-Teacher Student Association will hold a "Business Expo Extravaganza" Saturday from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., to allow local businesses to showcase themselves for the community. The expo will be held at the school, which is located at 7728 Mt. Zion Blvd., Jonesboro. For more information, call (678) 914-9446.

The Clayton State University Theater group will perform "The Laramie Project" Saturday at 8 p.m., at the university's theater in the Arts and Sciences Building. Admission is $5. For more information, call (678) 466-4740.

April 23, 24

The Clayton State University Theater group will perform "The Laramie Project" April 23 and 24, at 8 p.m., each night, at the university's theater in the Arts and Sciences Building. Admission is $5. For more information, call (678) 466-4740.

Notes

The U.S. Army recently announced that Pfc. Arthur L. Byrd, III, son of College Park residents Arthur, Jr., and Cheryl Byrd, has graduated from a nine-week basic combat training course at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C., and the Petroleum Supply Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Lee in Petersburg, Va. During the basic training, he studied basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare, rifle marksmanship, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, the military justice system, and basic first aid. During the Petroleum Supply Specialist Advanced Individual Training course, Byrd was trained in receiving, storing, issuing, shipping, and distributing petroleum, oil and lubricant products used by the Army.

The U.S. Army National Guard recently announced that Pfc. Sean C. Pryor, a 2007 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, Pryor studied basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare, rifle marksmanship, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, the military justice system, and basic first aid. He is the grandson of Atlanta resident Richard King.

The U.S. Army recently announced that Pfc. Michael S. Hogue Rennie, son of College Park resident Elizabeth Rennie, has graduated from a nine-week basic combat training course at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. During this training, Rennie studied basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare, rifle marksmanship, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, the military justice system, and basic first aid.

The U.S. Air Force recently announced that Airman Sunny Syrabouth, a 2008 graduate of Morrow High School, has graduated from an eight-week basic military training course at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. The course included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Additionally, airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Syrabouth is the son of Morrow resident Thongdeng Syrabouth.

The U.S. Army recently announced that Pvt. Quincy T. Thornton, a 2003 graduate of Mount Zion High School, has graduated from a nine-week basic combat training course at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During his training, Thornton studied basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare, rifle marksmanship, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, the military justice system, and basic first aid. Thornton is the son of Atlanta resident Joyce Thornton.

The U.S. Army recently announced that Pvt. Jasmine S. Slaton, daughter of College Park resident Babette Stephens, has graduated from a nine-week basic combat training course at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During her training, Slaton studied basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare, rifle marksmanship, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, the military justice system, and basic first aid.

The U.S. Army recently announced that Pvt. Brandon L. Willis, son of College Park resident Andrea Wilhite, has graduated from a nine-week basic combat training course at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During his training, Willis studied basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare, rifle marksmanship, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, the military justice system, and basic first aid.

The U.S. Army recently announced that Pfc. Xatanya D. Amos, a 2005 graduate of Jonesboro High School, has graduated from a nine-week basic combat training course at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During her training, Amos studied basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare, rifle marksmanship, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, the military justice system, and basic first aid. She is the daughter of Jonesboro resident Stephanie Amos.

The U.S. Air Force recently announced Airman 1st Class Reginald L. Fitzpatrick, Jr., the son of Rex residents Reginald and Deaundrea Fitzpatrick, has graduated from the Aerospace Ground Equipment Mechanic Course at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. Through the course, Fitzpatrick learned about ground support equipment, the principles of electronics, refrigeration, heating, hydraulics, power generation, reciprocating engines (gasoline and diesel), gas turbine engines, and pneumatics. He also learned how to service, inspect, troubleshoot, repair and perform preventive maintenance on generator sets, air conditioners, hydraulic test stands, bomb lifts, air compressors and other support equipment. Fitzpatrick was required to tow and position equipment for use on aircraft parking ramps and hangars as part of the course. He has been assigned to McChord Air Force Base, Tacoma, Wash.

The U.S. Air Force recently announced that Airman Alexander C. Brooks, a 2007 graduate of Mundy's Mill High School, has graduated from an eight-week basic military training course at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. The course trains airmen in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Brooks is the son of Jonesboro resident Ansonia Brooks.

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 for more information.

School Notebook is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily compiled by staff writer Curt Yeomans. He can be reached at cyeomans@news-daily.com.