Beatrice Garden Is Blooming

Freddie Howard recently posted some photographs to his Garden Blog. Check out their progress by clicking on the link:

Freddie, post a comment and tell us what you’re growing and how much you’ve harvested so far!?

Keep up the hot work!


Beatrice PACERS Chapter – First Report

The Beatrice Elementary School/PACERS Community Chapter has started its own blog.

Please click on the link below to read their first blog entry:

(This report was submitted by Freddie Howard)

2001 PACERS Community Newspaper Awards

The PACERS Community Newspaper Project was well represented at the 2011 Annual Conference. Dr. Jennifer Adams, coordinator, presented awards to community journalists from across the state. A complete list of recipients follows.

  • Best Paper – SECTION HIGH SCHOOL — $150
  • Best business plan and business operation – SECTION HIGH SCHOOL – $100
  • Most effective and comprehensive involvement of students and community members – FLORALA HIGH SCHOOL – $50

 Individual Awards

  • Best Articles –
    • Community
      o   “ A man who gives so much, yet expects so little” — Meredith Nall, Red Level
      o   “Board Votes to Close EBS” — Dennis Nelson, Edward Bell
    • School
      o   “Library Receives Funding through NEH” – Seth Cain, Oakman
      •        “Double Your Books, Double Your Fun” — Angie Spicer, Florala
    • Sports
      o   “Section fans gear up for spring sports – Alyson Smith, Section
    • Editor/Opinion
      o   “And the Band Played None” – Amanda Crawford/Section
    • Business
      o   “Sports fans find quality at Tubbs Collectibles” — Felisha Sparkman, Section
  • Most Improved Newspaper Award – Camp Hill Chronicle
  • 2011 PCNP Journalist of the Year — Amanda Crawford/Section
  • Best Photograph –
    o   News – “Toomer’s Oak Get Well Soon” — Steven Johnson – Section
    o   Feature – “Whirling, Twirling Snowflakes” — Emily Hall, Red Level
    o   Sports –  “Basketball” — Jared Crawford, Section
  • Best Graphics –
    o   The Blue Goose Garden Shop — Brittney Driver, Red Level

Auburn University Journalism Advisers Workshop

There needs to be a representative from each of the PACERS schools involved in the Community Newspaper Project at the Auburn University Journalism Advisers Workshop, which is June 9 through June 11, 2011.

Here are the details about the workshop:

PACERS 2011 Conference – Report from The Alexander City Outlook

Why Have Community/School Gardens

Why Have School and Community Gardens?

PACERS supports student involvement in school-based gardening programs as core activities in schools because*:

  • they improve academic performance—including improvement in test scores.  Math and science are particular areas of improvement.
  • they strengthen students’ interest in learning and participation in school—including better attendance.
  • they  contribute to the personal and moral development of children.

*All the reasons for the program are documented through extensive academic studies.

PACERS supports school-based gardening programs because:

  • they have great potential for improving school and family nutrition.
  • gardening is a life skill and interest that will result in improved personal health and  will have economic implications for individual families.
  • gardens function as living labs that are engaging to students and provide them hands-on and consequential learning opportunities.
  • gardens are  important aesthetic additions to schools.
  • local community members will donate their skills and resources to gardening programs because they appreciate their relevance to rural life.
  • they are contexts that bring together adults and children and young people.
  • they are public demonstrations of good instructional practices and educational outcomes.


PACERS supports community gardens because:

  • they have proven capacity to serve as contexts for community collaboration, engagement, and improvement.
  • they teach and/or renew skills essential for growing and preserving food.  These skills are important for low cost access to healthy foods.
  • they can help meet the food needs of low-income community members.
  • they have community development as well as entrepreneurial potential—especially with the increase in the “local food” movement.


In collaboration with the Camp Hill and Packer’s Bend chapters and their schools , PACERS initiated community/school garden programs in December, 2009.  Funds from the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation supported the expansion of programs to Akron and Beatrice.  Pintlala and Section programs are underway and plans are being made at Red Level and Loachapoka.  Comprehensive curriculum  directly related to the Alabama Course of Study will be available in 2011; a garden blog for information sharing has been started; and there are some funds for new programs.  Contact Jack Shelton at for more information.

Beatrice’s Garden is Under Way

Beatrice PACERS Chapter is up and working on their garden!

Garden site picked.  Soil samples taken.  Soil samples back.  First officers and Board meeting on Feb.7th Budget set.  Lime for soil awaiting  dry condition for spreading and soil prep. First Community meeting was held at Beatrice Elementary Jan. 11,  Successful.  Second Org. meeting was held  Feb. 2.  Board and Officers budget meeting Feb. 7. Successful.  The work continues.

Beatrice Elementary School
Principal, Carol R. Brown

Beatrice PACERS Chapter
President, Freddie C. Howard

(This report was submitted by Freddie Howard)