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Powder Springs Partners with Cobbworks for Work-force Development Programs

The City of Powder Springs announced their recent partnership with Cobbworks in an effort to providing workforce development programs for residents and youth. Cobbworks is the county's one stop shop for employers and job seekers. They offer work experience programs, job training and development, and much more. The City of Powder Springs partnered with Cobbworks to provide adult and youth job assistance, a Work Experience Sites (WES) program, and a summer Youth Work Experience (WEX) program. The mayor stated: “The City is looking forward to establishing a strong Cobbworks presence here. Our local youth and community will benefit from the assistance provided by these pro-grams.” The free job assistance for adults and youth ages 16+ will be available the last Wednesday of each month. Job seekers in the Powder Springs area will have access to Cobbworks staff and resources for assistance in their job search. The first session was on March 30, 2016 in the Community Development conference room located at 4488 Pineview Drive. In addition to job seeking assistance, the City of Powder Springs will be assisting Cobbworks in locating Adult Work Experience Sites (WES) within the City limit. The WES program is a new federally funded program that subsidizes businesses willing to provide on the job training for program participants who are working on their GED. The program is typically 4 weeks and is a beneficial way to introduce candidates into the workforce or a particular industry. The third partnership program is the Youth Summer Work Experience (WEX) program. Cobbworks will co-host with the City an Intake and Eligibility session to inform and recruit local youth who are seeking assistance with summer job placement and then help those youth find summer job placement. The City will also be hosting a Youth Summer Work Experience Job Fair on June 10, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center located at 4181 Atlanta St. If you are a business in the City and would like to participate in the Adult Work Experience Site or the Youth Summer Work Experience programs, contact the Economic Development Director at 770-943-1666 or saylworth@cityo fpowdersprings.org.

Powder Springs Elementary School Collect Lego Bricks for Haiti
School was Inspired by Lego Africa Charity

Powder Springs Elementary School collected used Lego bricks thru April 1st that was donated to needy schools in Haiti. Powder Springs Elementary third grade teacher Kelly Melson shared with her class video created by California-based charity Lego Africa of children in Uganda playing with Lego for the first time. “They were a little surprised there were kids who had never heard of Lego,” says Melson. “They were even more surprised that a kid about their age sent the Lego Blocks there.” Micah Slentz, 9, of Laguna Niguel, California, started Lego Africa three years ago. He has since shipped hundreds of pounds of donated Lego to schools, orphanages, and hospitals in Uganda, Kenya, and Botswana. He visited Uganda in December to conduct Lego seminars and deliver more donations. Video of the project has been viewed millions of times online and syndicated by outlets such as Buzzfeed and Inside Edition. This semester, Melson’s class read “Serafina's Promise,” a novel by Ann E Burg about a Haitian girl who overcomes poverty to get an education. Inspired by the book and Lego Africa videos showing the impact Lego can have on schools with very little resources, Melson’s class decided to start a Lego drive for Haiti. Melson is also president of a non-profit called Drops of Dew Ministries which is supporting and sponsoring educators in Haiti. She first traveled to the island nation in 2013.
So far, the students have collected 25 pounds of Lego. They plan to Skype with Micah soon to compare notes. “I have a very diverse group of students,” says Melson, “some of my third graders are actually from Africa originally.” She says this, combined with Powder Springs’ status as a Title I school which receives federal funding to provide opportunities for disadvantaged children, makes this effort even more special. “It’s amazing that because I sent Lego to kids in Africa, a whole class of kids in another state is collecting Lego for kids in Haiti,” says Micah. “It’s up to kids to help each other, no matter what country you’re from.” Micah has collected hundreds of pounds of unwanted Lego Blocks from all over the US and partnered with the Peace Corp and Child Africa to get enrich the lives of hundreds of children in Uganda and Botswana. Micah was named one of the Orange County Register’s People to Watch in 2016. For more information: www.legoafica.com In 2013, third grade Powder Springs teacher Kelly Melson visited Haiti and immediately became inspired with a passion for the educators she met there. Upon returning, the Lord gave her the idea for Drops of Dew. Partnering with her local church, Kelly began the ministry to train, disciple, and support educators in developing countries. Beginning in Haiti, Drops of Dew has partnered with five schools in Port Au Prince, with more than forty educators. Drops of Dew aims to provide these teachers with the support and supplies they need to engage their students in meaningful and sustaining education. For more information: www.dropsofdew.org

#26 GC Women’s Tennis Starts Season with Win over GRU Augusta, 7-2 with Help from Macy Polk and Cristalei Polk from Powder Springs

Starting the 2015 season, the home opener and the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) opener all in the same match, the No. 26 Georgia College women’s tennis team (1-0, 1-0 PBC) had a dominant 7-2 performance over GRU Augusta (2-1, 0-1 PBC) Thursday at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.


The Bobcats started with a 2-1 lead after doubles, picking up victories in the first and second slots. Macy Polk (Powder Springs) and Emma Niemi (Cumming) provided the first result in third doubles, topping Gisela Font and Maria Pimentel 8-3.


Camille Clausse-Pujo (Bourdeaux, France) and Kristen Jones (Marietta) added a victory by the same score in first doubles over Marie Vin and Monica Gonzalez. The Jaguars’ lone doubles point came in a tiebreak, as Katie Krupp (Evans) and Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville) battled Aida Castany and Maria Nadal in a 9-8(2) loss.

Singles action started with Jones beating Castany 6-0, 6-3 in the third slot, with Macy Polk following shortly behind on a 6-1, 6-3 drubbing of Font in second singles.

The point to clinch the team victory came off the racket of sophomore Cristalei Polk (Powder Springs) in sixth singles by a pair of 6-1 sets over Amelia Pinoargote. Niemi was next with her first dual-season singles win, beating Nadal 7-5, 6-0 in the fifth spot.

Clausse-Pujo had little trouble with Gonzalez in the first slot, a 6-2, 6-4 win for the Bobcat. GRU’s lone singles point came last in fourth singles, when Kelly retired in the second set. Pimentel was up 7-5, 2-2 when the match closed.

The Bobcats now own five-match winning streaks in both home openers and conference openers.

The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.

Powder Springs Still Elementary School Fairy Tale Ball

Powder Springs Still Elementary Kindergarten classes recently held a "Fairy Tale Ball". Everyone dressed up in their beautiful and handsome “ball” attire. Even the kindergarten teachers and paraprofessionals dressed up for the occasion. This event culminated an exciting teaching unit about fairy tales stories. They enjoyed a story time, ballroom dancing, and a fancy snack. The event was topped off by a special visit from Elsa and Anna from the movie Frozen which included special photo opportunities for interested children. Both children and staff alike had a magical time that they won't soon forget!

Don't Wait to Get Flood Insurance!

POWDER SPRINGS, GA - The increased flooding trend across the United States serves as another reminder that NOW is the time for you to act to protect you family, home or business by obtaining flood insurance. Flooding is the one of the most common and widespread of natural disasters. The winter months bring wet and snowy conditions that lead to increased flood risks. Spring brings heavy rains, thunderstorms and tornados. Late summer marks the beginning of peak hurricane season. In short periods of time, massive amounts of rainfall can occur. Property and business owners should be prepared for these weather impacts, and it is important to act before it is too late. Most insurance policies do not cover flood damage and once purchased, there is typically a 30-day waiting period for a flood insurance policy to become effective. Just inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars of damage. The national flood insurance program reports that last year, the average individual flood insurance claim was nearly $28,000. Without flood insurance protection, property owners may have to absorb the financial losses on their own. Take the time now to talk to your insurance agent to obtain flood insurance coverage. The City of Powder Springs is part of the National Flood Insurance Program, and having flood insurance coverage is critical for participation in any future hazard mitigation grant program. It is important to know your policy terms to ensure there is adequate coverage; contents coverage can be included. 

Visit http://www.floodsmart.gov to find essential information and tools that can help you prepare for flood risks. The website provides a tool to allow you to see how expensive just a few inches of water can be to re-build and explains the reality of flooding risks. Additionally, flood insurance rate maps produced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency can be found online at www.msc.fema.gov. Both also contain information about flood safety. For example, do not drive in a flooded area, and do not walk through flowing water. Stay away from electrical wires and be alert to gas leaks. Keep children away from flood waters, ditches and storm drains. In the event of a flash flood, you may be the first to notice; please notify the police department.
Development within the special flood hazard area requires a permit prior to the development, whether it is construction, filling, excavating, fencing, or other activities. Please contact Community Development for information about requirements in the special flood hazard area. If a building is substantially damaged or if substantial improvements are planned, all floodplain management requirements must be implemented, such as elevating the structure three feet above the base flood elevation. Be cautious of people going door to door selling home repairs. A permit from the City is required for repairs and renovations, and a permit is required for door to door solicitations.

Varner Elementary School Travel Back to the 1800's

POWDER SPRINGS, GA (Pictured above) Students were given an opportunity to meet and touch Dr. B's greyhounds who were special guests; PopNGo (Poppy) and BookerBooBoo (BooBoo). Varner Principal Pamela Adeli reports that every student at Varner Elementary School in Powder Springs, GA had the opportunity to travel back to the 1800's. They were invited into the "home" of Columbia College professor, Dr. Clement Moore (Dr. Linda Beving, media specialist) and his wife Mrs. Moore (Mrs. Michelle McLane, media assistant). Mrs. Moore served each student some of her special recipe, delicious hot chocolate. Professor Moore was a Biblical and a Hebrew Scholar and he shared with the students some historical significance of the religious holidays celebrated in December. Dr. Moore ended their visit with a special reading of his famous poem, "Twas the Night Before Christmas."

AIAA Foundation Recognizes Outstanding Educator Vaughan Elementary Teacher Christy Garvin

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce the winners of the AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Awards. They are:

·         Christy Garvin, Vaughan Elementary School, Powder Springs, Ga.

·         Penny Glackman, Merion Elementary School, Merion, Pa.

·         Roger Kasselbaum, Milken Community High School, Los Angeles, Calif.

·         Benjamin McLuckie, Hoonah High School, Hoonah, Alaska

·         Christopher Miko, Meadows Elementary School, Manhattan Beach, Calif.

·         Dr. Carl Steven Rapp, Linwood Holton Governor’s School, Abington, Va.

·         Jill Wall, Farnsworth Aerospace PK–8 Magnet School, Minneapolis, Minn.

In addition to the seven winners, three educators were selected for honorable mention. They are:

·         Gary Bodman, Madison Middle School, Albuquerque, N.M.

·         Vana Richards, Kenneth J. Carberry Intermediate School, Emmett, Idaho

·         Sandra Trevino, Buena High School, Sierra Vista, Ariz.

The AIAA Foundation presents the Educator Achievement Awards every two years to pre-college educators who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in exciting students in grades K–12 about the study of mathematics, science, and related technical studies, and in preparing them to use and contribute to tomorrow’s technologies.

AIAA President Mark J. Lewis stated: “The seven individuals receiving this year’s AIAA Educator Achievement Awards, and the three named as Honorable Mentions, are living testaments to the influence that educators can have on the lives of their students. Often, all it takes is that one special teacher to ignite an initial spark of interest, or encourage and nurture an existing fascination towards a career in the technical disciplines.

Each winner received a trip to Washington, D.C., along with a guest, and will be honored at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala.

The Educator Achievement Award has been presented to over 45 educators since 1997, and has become a sought after honor in the education community.

AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and 90 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit www.aiaa.org.


Area Residents Graduate from Mercer University’s College of Continuing and Professional Studies

The following students from Powder Springs graduated from Mercer University’s College of Continuing and Professional Studies during the College’s commencement in the University Center in Macon. Mercer President William D. Underwood conferred the degrees. Dr. Margaret Koepke, coordinator of the Governor’s Teaching Fellows program at the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia, gave the keynote address to the more than 230 graduates who participated in the ceremony. In all, the University held nine ceremonies in May in Macon and Atlanta and conferred approximately 1,700 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
Dwayne M. Bates
Bachelor of Science in Social Science, Human Services Powder Springs
Kim R. Bates Bachelor of Science in Social Science, Human Services Powder Springs
Aldrika Patrice Boyle Bachelor of Science in Social Science, Human Services Powder Springs
Marie O. Delille Bachelor of Science in Social Science, Human Services Powder Springs
Tamara Jane Johnson Bachelor of Science in Social Science, Human Services Powder Springs
Terri L. Garnsey Bachelor of Applied Science in Organization Leadership Powder Springs
Carolyn Pusey-Wade Bachelor of Applied Science in Organization Leadership Powder Springs
Nicole Shaquawn Raynor Bachelor of Applied Science in Organization Leadership Powder Springs
Anna Marie Goodman-Williams Bachelor of Liberal Studies Powder Springs
Becky B. Whitener Bachelor of Liberal Studies Powder Springs
About The College of Continuing and Professional Studies: The College is committed to meeting the educational goals of working adults. The College offers undergraduate degree programs in organization leadership, public safety, liberal studies, human resources administration and human services, and graduate programs in counseling, school counseling and public safety leadership. Its programs are offered on Mercer’s Macon and Atlanta campuses and at the University’s regional academic centers in Henry County, Douglas County and Eastman.

Three Powder Springs Residents Graduate from Mercer University’s Tift College of Education
Paula Mundi Webb, of Powder Springs, Ga., earned the Bachelor of Science in Education cum laude from Mercer University’s Tift College of Education during the College’s commencement on the University’s Atlanta campus. Mercer President William D. Underwood conferred the degree. Kelly C. Henson, executive secretary of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, delivered the keynote address to the College’s 281 graduates. In all, the University held nine ceremonies in May in Macon and Atlanta and conferred approximately 1,700 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
 Delinsa Annalatice Maiden, of Powder Springs, Ga., earned the Bachelor of Science in Education cum laude from Mercer University’s Tift College of Education during the College’s commencement on May 23 on the University’s Atlanta campus. Mercer President William D. Underwood conferred the degree. Kelly C. Henson, executive secretary of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, delivered the keynote address to the College’s 281 graduates.
 Theresa L. Stegall, of Powder Springs, Ga., earned the Bachelor of Science in Education cum laude from Mercer University’s Tift College of Education during the College’s commencement on May 23 on the University’s Atlanta campus.

  Compton Elementary School in Powder Springs Thanks Lowe’s and Borders! Compton has received more wonderful conservation educational resources from their Lowe’s grant in the form of books! Students and teachers can now access a wide range of conservation topics and reading levels in our own library. Borders helped them put together an amazing selection for their school library. 


Cobb County 4-H Club

Powder Springs would you like to put your favorite milkshake recipe to the test? These 4-H members did by competing in the Cobb County 4-H Club’s Annual Milkmake Competition in February. Milkmake is a competition where 5th grade 4-H members create their favorite milkshake recipe and “demonstrate” making the shake, while high school 4-H members judge them on nutrition, presentation, ingredients, and taste. Winners received an official “Milkmake” T-Shirt, sponsored by the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association. Other participants received bookmarks. (Pictured above) Myriah Haynes, Jadea Blencowe, Abigail Sutton, Giordan Haynes, and Abigail Sattler. For more information on Cobb County 4-H Youth, please call 770-528-4076 or visit them on the web at: www.cobbextension.com

Local Entrepreneur Inventor Reaches Out to Kemp Elementary POWDER SPRINGS, GA - in an effort to connect the Target curriculum to real life, Mrs. Groenveld organized a time for a local entrepreneur to come and talk with her class about the process in developing a solution to our everyday problems. Fortunately, Kemp Elementary in Powder Springs has one of those local entrepreneurs on staff! Mrs. Roxanne Kirkland, inventor of the Coupon Organizer, shared with 5th grade students the process in inventing a product, patenting the product and marketing the product. After hearing about the process Mrs. Kirkland went through to develop the Coupon Organizer, students were motivated to brainstorm their own solutions to everyday problems and become an entrepreneur like Mrs. Kirkland. You can learn more about the Coupon Organizer by visiting Mrs. Kirkland's website at www.couponcontrol.net.