In January 2009, staff from the Acworth Parks and Recreation Department began volunteering their time with a handful of students from nearby neighborhoods. After spending a couple hours a week engaging in recreational activities, the City of Acworth decided to prioritize helping local youth succeed. By the end of February 2009, the Acworth Parks and Recreation Department developed the Acworth Achievers Mentoring and After School Program.
Partnering with Cobb County Public Schools and Cobb's Success For All Students Initiative, Acworth Achievers is now the driving force behind youth outreach in the Acworth area.
The Acworth Achievers mission is to provide middle and high school students educational assistance, consistent recreational activities, adult guidance and encouragement through mentorship to develop positive and more advantageous habits.
Mayor Tommy Allegood on the City of Acworth's mission to help it's youth achieve.
For a fun, fall project, the Acworth Achievers once again participated in the 2014 Scarecrow Parade. The Scarecrow Parade is a contest that the City of Acworth along with the Downtown Development Authority sponsor to bring a fall "feel" to the downtown area. Groups from all over Acworth participate in this city wide event.
This year's theme was Scarecrows from Around the World and the Achievers chose to represent Egypt for the contest. They all worked vigorously on the project and as a result, they won the "Best Overall" award for the whole contest! To congratulate the Achievers for their award and reward them for their hard work, we will have a pizza party to celebrate! Congratulations Achievers!
The Acworth Achievers partnered with Mostly Mutts, a dog shelter in Acworth, and made each dog a bed for the winter. The Achievers made the beds out of fleece material to keep the dogs warm and pillows for the cushion. They all had a blast and ended up making nearly 20 beds! The Achievers will personally deliver each dog bed to Mostly Mutts next week.
The Acworth Achievers would like to thank Mostly Mutts for giving them the opportunity to give back to the community. Each Achiever really learned about giving back and supporting their community! Maybe next time the Achievers will be able to take the dogs out on walks or even foster a puppy!
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Sgt. Shaw from the United States Army came to speak to the Achievers on September 30th. She related to the Achievers by telling them that she made the mistake of deciding to go into the Army when she was 32. Sgt. Shaw was able to stress the importance of getting into the military early that way you are able to retire early. She spoke about the different jobs the Army has to offer and the interest of all the Achievers. If you are into sports, the Army has all the different sports teams. If you like working with animals, you can find yourself being a Vet Tech. If you like working with computers, you may be able to work in IT for the Army. The opportunities are endless not to mention you will be serving your country!
The Acworth Achievers enjoy finding ways to better their future, and the Army is just one of the many ways they can find their path.
The Acworth Achievers were invited again to attend the North Georgia State Fair in Marietta, Georgia. It was another afternoon full of fun, friends, rides and hamburgers and hotdogs! And of course the Achievers had to indulge in cotton candy, candy apples, popcorn and funnel cakes! One cannot attend the fair without a few sweets!
Congratulations to all the Acworth Achievers who are continuing to achieve and excel inside and outside the classroom! This trip was well deserved for all your hard work!
It was a fun filled night with rides and entertainment and there was something there for every Achiever to enjoy!
The Acworth Achievers took the Literacy Challenge and joined a global effort to help children in Latin America, Asia, and Africa become successful life-long readers and learners! By taking the Literacy Challenge, the Achievers made over 60 bookmarks to raise money for Save the Children's Literacy Boost program. This program will match each bookmark made with $1 which goes to helping children learn how to read and write.
Save the Children will distribute our bookmarks to Literacy Boost students around the world. Funding generated by the Challenge will stock Save the Children's international book banks, improve school attendance, reading comprehension and self-confidence.
The United States Navy visited the Acworth Achievers on August 26th and presented their branch of the military. The Achievers were able to hear about the U.S. Navy from actual Navy Sailors themselves. Each Sailor spoke about their duties in the Navy and what a day in their life is like. The Achievers were really enagaged in the presentation and had a lot of good questions to ask the recruiters.
The Achievers are constantly looking for ways to ways to better their future whether it be the military, technical school, or college...the sky is the limit! Who knows...Acworth may have the first woman Navy Seal!
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A new year means new beginnings! The Acworth Achievers were proud to bid their Class of 2014 farewell! But this is not the end of the road for them...it is only the beginning! Our four seniors will be going off to college this fall including Jalen attending Louisiana State University, Ja'Juan going to Valdosta State University, Chaside attending Southern Polytechnic State University, and Mark will go to North Carolina A&T! Congratulations and Good luck guys! We will miss you!
Recently, the management team of the new Cabela's in Acworth took the Achievers fishing on Lake Allatoona at Proctor Landing Park. The Achievers were mentored on proper fishing techniques including casting, baiting hooks and unhooking their catch. One of the many highlights of the day was that everyone was given their own rods and reels to keep for future fishing adventures. By the end of the day almost everyone had caught a fish! And to top it all off Cabela's provided pizza for lunch for everyone! More than half of the Achievers had never been fishing before but were eager to go again, especially now that they have their own rods!
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The local Acworth branch of BB&T granted the Acworth Achievers with back to school supplies leading into the 2014- 2015 school year. The branch supplied all 40 students with supplies ranging from backpacks to pencils and pens to flash drives and binders.
The grant was a part of their "Lighthouse Project", where every year the branch selects a local organization to give back to. The staff at the branch not only purchased the supplies but took the time to organize and compile each backpack with all the necessities each student would need to have a successful school year, but the kindness did not stop there. The staff also saw a need to re-carpet the Acworth Achievers' meeting room with hopes of allowing each student to attend the program comfortably and to be able to take full advantage of everything the Acworth Achievers Program has to offer.
From the Achievers and their parents, we say thank you Acworth BB&T for the thoughtfulness.
This summer the Achievers spent a day restoring areas of the Roberts School Community and Education Center, or as the local community calls it, the Roberts School. From painting old furniture to breaking down old fences to carrying away bricks and other debris, the Achievers made an everlasting impact on the Acworth Community Center. They even learned how to sand wood with electric sanders and sand blocks, a trade many have never been exposed to.
The Roberts School Community and Education Center was a school where all the African American students attended to learn during the time of segregation. After schools were integrated the school sat empty and unused for years until it was later renovated by the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). The Roberts School is home to the Acworth Achievers and is also available for use to the community.
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