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Sacred Journey Hospice accepting scholarship applications

School Notebook 3-21-14

State Rep. Valencia Stovall (District 74) recently invited several principals and education leaders from across Clayton County to the state’s first Educational Leadership Day at the Capitol. The day included a sit-in on a legislative session, talk with lawmakers and discussion of educational issues such as Common Core. (Special Photo)

State Rep. Valencia Stovall (District 74) recently invited several principals and education leaders from across Clayton County to the state’s first Educational Leadership Day at the Capitol. The day included a sit-in on a legislative session, talk with lawmakers and discussion of educational issues such as Common Core. (Special Photo)

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FOREST PARK — Khadija El-Amin, a motivational speaker and creator of non profit organization Devine Inspirations Inc., spoke to students at Forest Park High School's Career Day on March 12, 2014. El-Amin is in the process of obtaining a 501c3 nonprofit status for the organization dedicated to providing disadvantaged youth with tools to be productive citizens with successful careers. El-Amin said she believes her efforts to reach the young community can "change the outlook on our future." Anyone who would like to sponsor or volunteer with Devine Inspirations Inc., can reach El-Amin at khadijaelamin@devineinspirationsinc.org.

JONESBORO – The Sacred Journey Hospice Foundation is accepting scholarship applications until May 1. The foundation awards up to 10 $1,000 scholarships annually.

Its scholarship program was created to help defray the cost of college expenses and to encourage applicants to pursue a medical career in but not limited to nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, radiology or social work.

The program offers assistance with the costs of tuition and books for scholarship recipients. Students who have lost a parent or guardian are also eligible for the scholarship.

Applicants must be accepted into an accredited college or university and be a legal resident of Butts, Clayton, Henry, Rockdale or Spalding counties. They also must maintained a 3.0 grade point average or higher.

Scholarships winners, selected by the foundation’s board of directors, are announced in early summer and are notified by mail. The scholarship is valid toward tuition and books for the upcoming school year. Payments are made directly to the recipient’s educational institution.

Applications are available at www.sacredjourneyhospice.org. Completed applications should be mailed to Sacred Journey Hospice Foundation, Attn: Scholarship, PO Box 789, McDonough, Ga. 30253.

Jonesboro residents graduate Brenau University

Jonesboro residents Christina Evans, Desiree Yolanda Arnold, Nicole Daunyel Foley, Stephanie Joy Dixon and Jimmy Wood earned degrees this winter from Brenau University.

Additionally, Corrina Redford of Jonesboro was recognized for her contributions to the Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s spring musical performance at the university’s Hosch Theatre in February. Redford,and freshman musical theater major, worked on the costume run crew for the production of “Chicago.”

Babb Middle students compete at state leadership meet

Several Babb Middle students are competing in the Students Taking Action with Recognition events March 20-22 at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America State Leadership Meeting at Classic Center in Athens.

Sixth-graders Rebecca Mai and Sarah Mai are competing with a project that addresses the need for parents to be involved in their child’s education. Through an oral presentation — case study and portfolio in hand — they demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities in identifying community concerns, researching them and forming an action plan to address them.

Sixth-grader Angellina Thomas will be recognized for developing a plan for a small photography business using family and consumer sciences skills in her business plan and oral presentation.

Likewise, sixth-graders Destiny Dickerson and Jasmine Tran are competing by using family and consumer sciences skills to plan and conduct a child development project. They worked with kindergartners at B.C. Haney Elementary how to wash their hands properly to reduce the spread of germs, which cause illness and absenteeism from school.

Eight-graders Sheniya Johnson, Jelani Pool and Calecia Simon embarked on an oral presentation about bullying in schools and what students can do to identify, report and reduce the behavior.

Fellow eighth-graders Amani Iraka and Edwyn Rodriguez surveyed students at their school and discerned that too many students do not eat vegetables.

Iraka and Rodriquez then took on the task of developing and implementing a program that challenges students to eat healthy. The pair prepared roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted turnips and utabagas and challenged students to sample them during the school’s lunch period.

Eight other students are being recognized for their ability to develop a working knowledge of parliamentary law and their ability to conduct a business meeting. Those students include sixth-graders Duyen Ngo and Thy Pam; seventh-grader Kimberly Souvanlaphom; and eighth-graders Kenneth Glisch, Jada Headspeth, Vincent Knight, Uriel Martinez-Codina and Leonardo Daniel Penaloza.

Anti-bullying ride Saturday

Organizers have planned their first “Ride Against Bullying” event Saturday.

The ride is a fundraiser for the Think Twice Anti-bullying Campaign created in 2011 by Keylon Neal, who is also the campaign director.

“Our goal is to make people aware of how bullying affects different people,” said Neal. “We also go out to different schools and speak, and we have counseling and mentoring for kids.”

Neal said the ride begins at 11 a.m. at Tara Stadium, 1055 Battle Creek Road in Jonesboro, and ends at about 2 p.m. at South Atlanta High, 800 Hutchens Road SE in Atlanta. Participants are asked to pay $10 per vehicle or give a donation to the charity.

“It is very hard for us to fund our program,” he said. “Every donation will help us build our program so please donate to help us promote and advertise.”

Neal said refreshments will be served following the ride.

To reserve a spot in the ride, call Neal at 404-708-1452 or campaign administrator Tammy Shropshire at 470-213-5693.

Neal said all proceeds will go to the campaign’s East Coast Tour partnership with thefellow anti-bullying group, Jaylen’s Challenge out of Tampa, Fla.