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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

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Cari Wilson…A Star in Education!

Mrs. Cari Wilson has had an amazing journey this school year. She was selected as R.L. Young’s Teacher of the Year in the fall. She was then selected as the elementary winner for the Talladega City School District. Her application was submitted to the State where she selected as District III winner and a semifinalist for Teacher of the Year.

Mrs. Wilson was formally recognized in Montgomery at the Stars in Education Dinner. Her family joined her, along with Superintendent Douglas Campbell and principal. She made R. L. Young and her district proud. Congratulations!

From the R.L. Young Blog

 

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Tornado Relief

When Erin B.’s mom found out through a Facebook friend that St. Clair county was in desperate need of help following the recent tornado,  she and Erin decided to travel to St. Clair county to help. It was then and there Erin decided she wanted her friends and the students at Ellis to help her help others. Through announcements and word of mouth, students began to bring in items to help those who were recently victimized by the tornadoes that recently crossed our state. Mr. Lipscomb agreed to help organize donated canned food items, while Erin and her friends organized the toiletry items. Pictured above are Erin B., Brittany H., Bri G., Ashleigh F., and the 69 toiletry bags they will take to the Red Cross. $145.34 was also collected that will be taken along with the canned goods. The kind-heartedness of all our students and teachers is to be commended.

From the Zora Ellis Blog

Kelvin Cunningham Jr. is headed to China as part of a People to People program

Teen heads to China to study

Kelvin Cunningham Jr. is headed to China as part of a People to People program. Photo by Brian Schoenhals

By Aziza Jackson/The Daily Home

TALLADEGA — Kelvin Cunningham Jr. is packing his bags and heading to China.

The 14-year-old Talladega High School student was chosen as a People to People Ambassador and will take a 17-day trip to China, where he will visit Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Wuzhen and Hong Kong.

“I wouldn’t say I’m nervous but I am excited, too excited,” Cunningham said. “I’m excited about learning China’s culture and seeing the Great Wall.”

The Great Wall of China in Beijing is just one of several destinations on the trip.

On the “Great Wall and Beyond” trip, students in grades nine through 12 will get see pandas at the Beijing Zoo, visit The Forbidden City, the Peking Opera and Victoria Peak, while also discovering the daily lives of those living in smaller villages in China.

Read more: The Daily Home – Teen heads to China to study

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Congratulations Mrs. Sharion Gooden

Sharion Gooden has been named teacher of the year at Hal Henderson Elementary School

Salter Honor Roll Field Trip to I Jump in Hoover

More than 100 students from Salter got to take a special field trip for their academic performance.

-R: Keyauna McKenzie, Mr. McDaniel, Carter Hadley, Shelby Layfield, Jordan Hallman, Zach Stratton, Javarus Truss, Luke Smith, Cate Joseph Rasco, Ms. Todd, Blake Matson.

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L-R: Keyauna McKenzie, Mr. McDaniel, Carter Hadley, Shelby Layfield, Jordan Hallman, Zach Stratton, Javarus Truss, Luke Smith, Cate Joseph Rasco, Ms. Todd, Blake Matson.

Congratulations to our All-State and All-District students:  Blake Matson; Luke Smith; Shelby Layfield; Zach Stratton; Jordan Hallman (alternate and district); Keyauna McKenzie (district); Javarus Truss (district); Cate Joseph Rasco (district); and Carter Hadley (district).

Laura Nation-Atchison/The Daily Home Students at R. L. Young Elementary School in Talladega were busy Wednesday getting their package to Alaska ready to mail. The children are becoming pen pals with students at Denali Montessori Elementary School in Anchorage and are sending gifts with an Alabama twist to their new friends. Pictured with the children are teacher Danni Odom-Winn, top left, and Ophelia Nash, top right.  Read more: The Daily Home - From here to Alaska

From here to Alaska

From The Daily Home

by LAURA NATION-ATCHISON

Laura Nation-Atchison/The Daily Home Students at R. L. Young Elementary School in Talladega were busy Wednesday getting their package to Alaska ready to mail. The children are becoming pen pals with students at Denali Montessori Elementary School in Anchorage and are sending gifts with an Alabama twist to their new friends. Pictured with the children are teacher Danni Odom-Winn, top left, and Ophelia Nash, top right. Read more: The Daily Home - From here to Alaska

There’s a huge pine cone and a jug of sorghum syrup, some grits and a flag from Talladega Superspeedway.

And along with all that, there’s a sack of pecans, some Alabama and Auburn mementos and letters, lots of them.

It’s all on its way to Denali Montessori Elementary School in Anchorage, Ak., along with lots of love from children at R. L. Young Elementary School in Talladega.

The package was mailed this week, and the connection between the two schools is planned as a huge cross-curriculum study for the children, the brainstorm of teacher Danni Odom Winn.

“We are so excited about this,” Winn said, packing up the items Wednesday morning with the children. “Everyone will learn a lot from this.”

The children will become pen pals to the children in Anchorage, a wonderful way for them to learn and practice writing skills.

In addition, they will learn about the culture in Alaska, the geography and weather, and all kinds of other things, Winn said.

The gifts were sent as a way of introducing the children in Alaska to some of the things we enjoy in Alabama, she said.

“Our children in Talladega are like a lot of children who live in smaller towns,” she said.

“They often lack an understanding of places outside the immediate world in which they live. Our goal is to bring Alaska with all its grandeur into the lives of our children.”

Winn also sent some Sand Mountain honey, white sand from Alabama’s Gulf Coast, a listing of “Wacky Places to visit in Alabama” and a NASA rocket launch video from Huntsville.

There’s a tiny race car in the box, with an agenda all its own when it arrives in Alaska that Winn is really excited about.

“We will participate in a small way during the Iditarod Dog Sled race,” she said.

The car will travel on board one of the sleds for the 1,150 mile race, which begins March 5 in Anchorage and ends in Nome.

When the race is over, the car will be mailed back to the children.

While the race is taking place, the children will be able to track the progress as they make their way across jagged mountain ranges, frozen rivers, deep forests, tundra and coastlines.

The possibilities for learning from the Alaska connection are practically endless, Winn pointed out.

Students of all ages are involved with the project and teachers throughout the Talladega School System have joined in, she said.

Laura Nation-Atchison may be reached at lnation@dailyhome.com.

Read more: The Daily Home – From here to Alaska