Group visits UGA, learn about agriculture careers

School Notebook 5-2-14

REX — Forty-four Rex Mill Middle students are headed to the University of Georgia this weekend to take part in a science-based tour of the campus.

Their science teacher, Janice Mitchell, and other chaperons are taking the group.

“To support our STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program, we are going on to tour the University of Georgia campus and several science departments in the college of agriculture,” said Mitchell. “We are particularly interested in seeing the department of food science and how research is applied to real world applications.”

Mitchell attended Food and Drug Administration and National Science Teacher Association training in Washington D.C. last year.

She said she has been implementing a food science curriculum in her classroom and trained 16 other teachers in the district to do the same. The taught students about the “4 C’s of Food Safety” — clean, chill, cook and combat cross-contamination.

“There are so many majors in the college of agriculture that many of my students are not aware of during their early school life,” she said. “By capturing their interest in middle school, they can make better choices in the selection of rigorous math and science courses in high school. This will help them to achieve success and meet the demands of evolving science careers.”

Students perform ‘Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR.’

Clayton County Public Schools will present its 18th Annual All County, All Star Honor Musical production of “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR.”

The musical is based on the 1951 Disney film “Alice in Wonderland” and the novels “The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll.

Students will perform Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway in Jonesboro. Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7 p.m., and Sunday’s performance will start at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. A special Friday morning matinee begins at 10 a.m. for district students.

“Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR.” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Rex resident makes Farmingdale State’s President’s List

Christopher Carlisle of Rex was named to the Farmingdale State College fall 2013 President’s List. To be recognized students must be full time and obtain a grade point average of 3.75 or higher.

Riverdale student joins Georgia Southwestern honor society

Alejandra Anderson of Riverdale was one 21 students inducted into Georgia Southwestern State University’s chapter of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for first-year students.

Kemp Elementary earns school library grant

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries has announced that Kemp Elementary is one of 15 Georgia school libraries and 219 nationwide to be awarded a share of more than $1 million in grants to expand, update and diversify their book collections.

The $5,000 grants are funded through donations to the endowment from individuals, corporations and foundations.

Kemp Elementary Library Media Specialist Sharon Schilling welcomed the funding. She said the average book in the school’s library media center dates back to 1993.

The application process is administered by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region with guidance from The Laura Bush Foundation’s advisory committee. Learn more about the grant program at www.laurabushfoundation.org.

Quarterly youth safe driving class, May 10

Organizers with the Malcolm Omari Hill Scholarship Fund are planning another safe driving class for Southern Crescent youth.

Atlanta parents Toni and Eva Hill created the fund in memory of their son Malcolm Omari Hill, who died in a car accident at 23. Their hopes are to prevent future fatalities through the fund, which provides quarterly safe driving classes to area youth free of charge. The classes target ages 16-25.

The next class is May 10, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., at 11336 Tara Blvd. in Hampton. Registration is required because space is limited to 20 students. To register, call 404-344-7119 or visit www.omarischolarship.org.