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Amy Simmons, Edward Davis, Christina Hubbard and Debra Brown were four of the 27 Honda associates who volunteered for a clean-up day at Talladega High School Saturday morning. Honda Manufacturing will donate $100 to the Talladega City Board of Education for each volunteer. Photo Credit: Brian Schoenhals/The Daily Home

Honda helps at Talladega High School

Amy Simmons, Edward Davis, Christina Hubbard and Debra Brown were four of the 27 Honda associates who volunteered for a clean-up day at Talladega High School Saturday morning. Honda Manufacturing will donate $100 to the Talladega City Board of Education for each volunteer. Photo Credit: Brian Schoenhals/The Daily Home

From The Daily Home

TALLADEGA – Honda associate Amy Simmons recruited 26 of her fellow employees to work outside in the heat helping to get Talladega High School ready for the next school year.

They put down new sod, painted curbs and railings, put out mulch and generally cleaned and spruced up the campus Saturday morning.

Simmons explained that Honda Manufacturing encourages all of its associates to volunteer with local non-profits, and to further encourage such work, the company also donates $100 per volunteer.

“I decided to get a group together to help out the high school,” she said.

City Schools Superintendent Doug Campbell, who also picked up a shovel Saturday morning, said “We really appreciate Honda coming out and helping us offset some of the clean-up costs. We are grateful that so many of them are willing to give up a big piece of their weekends to help the district save time and money. I’d like to thank Miss Simmons for heading it up, and Honda Manufacturing and Fran Pope for helping us get some more funds as a result. I appreciate their continued support of this community and Talladega High School on behalf of myself and the Talladega City Board of Education.”

The cleanup effort was scheduled to go on until about noon.

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Archery Team Going to Nationals

The R. L. Young Elementary School 2012 Archery Team, consisting of 20 outstanding students, has qualified to compete at the National Competition in Kentucky on May 11th. This is quite an honor for these boys and girls, because they are 1 of 12 teams that made it. Young is very proud of this accomplishment, but we are also working diligently to raise the $5,000 it will take to help provide accommodations for an overnight trip out of state, the entrance fee, and additional expenses that naturally occur when traveling.

We are located in Bemiston and serve 240 students. You can learn more about our awesome school by visiting our school blog located online at www.rlyoung.blogspot.com.

R. L. Young boasts many accolades such as strong parent support and school pride a mile long. We love our students and enjoy being with each other every day.

We hope people in the local community can be of assistance for this worthwhile cause. If you can help in any way to make this trip possible for our Archery Team, it will be appreciated.

Sincerely,

Pattie Thomas
Proud Principal of R. L. Young

Kelvin Cunningham Jr., left, and Byron Tucker, right, sit with several of the souvenirs they received while visiting China during a recent 17-day trip for a People to People Ambassador program.  Photo from The Daily Home

THS students back from China

By Aziza Jackson/The Daily Home

Kelvin Cunningham Jr., left, and Byron Tucker, right, sit with several of the souvenirs they received while visiting China during a recent 17-day trip for a People to People Ambassador program. Photo from The Daily Home

Talladega High School students Byron Tucker, 14, and Kelvin Cunningham Jr., 14, are getting back into the swing of things in America.

The teens have just come back from a 17-day trip to China, where they visited Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Wuzhen and Hong Kong, as part of a People to People Ambassador program.

After packing their bags in late May, and brushing up on their Mandarin Chinese, the teens joined other students for a “Great Wall and Beyond” trip for students in grades nine through 12.

The group visited The Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China, while also doing community service and immersing themselves in the daily lives of those living in smaller villages in China.

Read more:The Daily Home – Students back from China

Talladega High School students Morgan Davidson, center, and Robbyn Stratton demonstrate the use of a color palette on an iPad to C.L. Salter Elementary School teacher Christy Bently during Thursday morning’s second annual City Schools tech fair. Bob Crisp/The Daily Home  Read more: The Daily Home - Technology fair helps prepare kids for future

Technology fair helps prepare kids for future

Talladega High School students Morgan Davidson, center, and Robbyn Stratton demonstrate the use of a color palette on an iPad to C.L. Salter Elementary School teacher Christy Bently during Thursday morning’s second annual City Schools tech fair. Bob Crisp/The Daily Home Read more: The Daily Home - Technology fair helps prepare kids for future

By Chris Norwood/The Daily Home

TALLADEGA — The gym at R.L. Young Elementary School was packed wall-to-wall with laptops, Power Point displays and information on a wide range of subjects Thursday morning during the Talladega City School System’s Second Annual Technology Fair. The theme of this year’s fair was “Technology + Teaching = Tomorrow.”

Graham Elementary School teacher Stephanie Graves, who served on the committee that organized the event, said it was a “wonderful success. We’re thankful the community has really come out to support our children, and we’ve had a lot of support from local businesses, too.”

Custom Pizza was providing lunch after the fair wrapped up, along with various Coca-Cola products. Dessert was provided by the Talladega High School Home Economics class.

Read more:The Daily Home – Technology fair helps prepare kids for future

Cari Wilson, left, and Joyce Lilly are among 16 candidates for state Teacher of the Year honors.  Read more: The Daily Home - Wilson Lilly among Sweet 16 for top teacher

Cari Wilson, left, and Joyce Lilly are among 16 candidates for state Teacher of the Year honors. Read more: The Daily Home - Wilson Lilly among Sweet 16 for top teacher

by Aziza Jackson/The Daily Home

Two teachers, one with the Talladega County School System and one with the Talladega City School System, are competing against 14 other teachers from all over Alabama to be the 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year.

Joyce Lilly, a third-grade teacher at Sycamore Elementary School who has been teaching 31 years, and Cari Wilson, a fourth-grade teacher at R.L.Young Elementary School who has been teaching 15 years, represent two of the 132 school systems statewide that submitted an elementary and a secondary school candidate for the 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year award.

“Even in lean budget years, these 16 teachers have accomplished great things with the students they teach and interact with daily,” said Dr. Joseph Morton, state superintendent of education.

“We are very proud of these teachers and hope they inspire others throughout Alabama.”

Other teachers from Mobile, Washington, Blount, Autauga, and Etowah county school systems, and Homewood, Florence, Madison, Hoover, Thomasville, Dothan, Vestavia Hills and Sheffield city school systems make up the rest of the “Sweet 16” finalists, with Mobile County having candidates in both the elementary and secondary education categories.

Blues man Alabama Mike performs with the 3rd Degree Blues Band in California and wears his name proudly to represent both his birthplace and what he refers to as the birthplace of the blues.

THS grad making music on West Coast

Blues man Alabama Mike performs with the 3rd Degree Blues Band in California and wears his name proudly to represent both his birthplace and what he refers to as the birthplace of the blues.

by AZIZA JACKSON/The Daily Home
Blues man Alabama Mike has been making a name for himself around California’s bay area with several blues awards and nominations over the years.

However, the 47-year-old Talladega native has not forgotten his Alabama roots and wears them proudly as a badge of honor, and even in his stage name.

Alabama Mike, born Michael Anthony Benjamin, made it crystal clear that he wanted readers to know he is originally from the Westgate Projects in Talladega.

When asked why the mention was so important, he said, “I’m just glad about that, to be an example to those living in the projects right now.

“People should realize that it doesn’t matter where you grew up or how you grew up, if you have the desire to do something and it’s within you, if you find your niche, you can grow and do what you came on the earth to do.”

Read more: The Daily Home – Alabama Mike makes a name for himself

A new web site for THS

Talladega High School has it’s own web site outside the school system’s online infrastructure.

You can check it out @

http://www.talladegahighschool.net/

It’s a great site and resource for students and parents, complete with a calendar and other important information.

Nice job THS on implementing this useful piece of technology.

Zora Ellis Students getting ready for JUNA

Mrs. Armstrong’s gifted program has been working all year learning about the United Nations. They have studied current issues and decided on various resolutions for the chosen countries. They plan to attend the JUNA conference January 27th and 28th in Birmingham, Alabama. We wish them the best. We are proud of you!

Sam T., Kyla K., Jonathan G., and Alexandra M. (not pictured) prepare to present a resolution to combat obesity in the Pacific Island region.

Brittany H., Bre’Anna P., Alyssa C., Destiny L., and Reagan B. prepare to present a resolution to provide clean water and proper sanitation for the people in Senegal and West Africa.

From the Zora Ellis Blog

Check Out the Zora Ellis Blog

There is all sorts of great news about what is going on at Zora Ellis, just check out their blog at http://zoraellis.blogspot.com/

Thanks to everyone at the school who are making an effort to keep parents and the community involved

Missoula Children’s Theatre Directors Visit Young

R. L. Young 3rd graders got a special treat this week with a visit from the Missoula Children’s Theatre directors, Andy Pokel and Alisha Eberhart. Not only do they visit the schools, but they offer a chance for kids to be a part of a major production.
Auditions were held on Monday and these two talented young adults had one week to prepare everyone for the show. This is a wonderful opportunity for children who live in or close to the city of Talladega.
Isabella B. and Aiden G. get their faces painted.
The Missoula Children’s Theatre helps children think creatively, such as with these 3rd graders who have been transformed by a little face paint.
Thanks for coming to R. L. Young and spreading lots of FUN!