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 Gardens?

There are several reasons that this project was started—they are listed below and I hope that you will add to that list other reasons that your community and school are participating. 

  • Research shows that students who garden are more interested in school and make better grades.
  • PACERS believes that science is best learned by students doing the work of scientists which includes our aquaculture, solar, and gardening programs.  There is a lot of science and math to be learned from gardening—that is why we are emphasizing the lesson plans.
  • Community/school gardens are proven to make stronger connections between schools and communities and can serve as a means for enhancing community life and well-being.
  • Community gardens can help meet local food needs and can become the basis for entrepreneurship as well.

Garden Test Post – Prep Work in Camp Hill

This is a test post. It may be that there is prep work in Camp Hill. They might be tilling and fertilizing as well as having community meetings to organize their efforts for the coming spring plant this year. Members might include Jean Mosley among others.