Earth Day Project successful for youth


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Morrow Middle School students launched balloons for an Earth Day Project last month. A few messages attached to the balloons were returned.

Special Photo Morrow Middle School students launched balloons for an Earth Day Project last month. A few messages attached to the balloons were returned.

MORROW — Morrow Middle School sixth-grader Julie Nguyen released her helium-filled balloon during an Earth Day project last month. She hoped the message attached would travel far away and find its way back to her.

It did.

Police officer Joseph Genson found the message April 26 in Oxford, Ga., and he hand-delivered the message back to the student.

“Officer Genson really delighted the students by not just returning the note in the mail, but making the long drive after he got off duty,” said Deon Pennyman, the sixth-grade teacher who coordinated the project . “He came in and talked to our students about the importance of getting an education and obeying and respecting authority. It was a wonderful experience the children really enjoyed.”

The Earth Day Project called for students to attach slips of paper to the biodegradable balloons with their name and something about themselves. The note also asked that whoever found the balloon mail the note back to the school so that students would know how far the balloon traveled.

“This was an excellent project for our earth science students,” said Pennyman. “This project provided a better understanding of the power of wind currents.”

Students at the school launched 260 tagged balloons that drifted unknown distances to unknown locations. Two other messages were later returned to the school from Forest Park and Social Circle.

Teacher education unit re-accredited

The Unit Accreditation Board of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education has re-accredited the Clayton State University Teacher Education unit for the next six years.

The Council decided to continue the accreditation of Teacher Education at Clayton State at the initial teacher preparation level. This re-accreditation decision indicates the unit and its programs meet rigorous standards set by the professional education community.

NCATE President James Cibulka wrote a letter to Clayton State President Dr. Thomas Hynes.

“Special congratulations are in order because the Unit Accreditation Board cited no areas for improvement relative to any of the standards,” said Cibulka.

Clayton State’s Teacher Education Chairwoman Dr. Ruth Caillouet said the unit recognized the importance and value of the accreditation.

“NCATE’s findings also help confirm our own beliefs — that we have tremendous faculty who are committed to creating quality programs, that the 50-to-70 new teachers who graduate from our programs each year are truly competent, caring, committed, collaborative and culturally responsive, and that we have an assessment system that allows us to make data driven decisions based on best practices in the teaching profession,” she said.

‘Understanding Workplace Contracts’ class offered

The Clayton State Small Business Development Center, partnering with the university’s College of Business, will be offering an “Understanding Workplace Contracts” class Friday, June 14, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., in room T152 of the College of Business. The class will be taught by Clayton State Business Law Professor Dr. Judith Ogden.

Registration is $69. Current Clayton State MBA students receive a $20 discount. Contact Heather Chaney at 678-466-5100 for the discount code. Visit www.georgiasbdc.org to register.

Local earns business degree from Southern Adventist

Jonesboro resident Tinai Anglin graduated from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn., in May. Anglin received a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Jonesboro residents among Piedmont College graduates

Jonesboro residents Karen Elaine Cheatham and Debra Jones Draffin earned education specialist degrees from Piedmont College in Demorest.

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