Holiday Celebration with Holiday Treats! 12/15/2011
Acworth Achiever students celebrated the holiday season by catering to their sweet tooth. Each participant decorated their very own gingerbread house with ready-made icing and candy coated candies to take home for their families to enjoy. Though very little icing made it onto the house, everyone had a blast getting into the holiday spirit by endulging in sweet treats.

 

The students who are in the Acworth Achievers and also its sister program, Expanding Horizons, are preparing for the first field trip of the new program year. Expanding Horizons kicks off just before the Christmas holiday by taking a trip to Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff to view the harold play A Christmas Carol.

To see more from the gingerbread decorating activity please Click Here.

From Tragedy to Triumph: Rachel's Challenge 11/30/2011

 

Rachel Scott was the first victim in the Columbine High School shooting over a decade ago. According to http://www.rachelschallenge.org/, "Her acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her six diaries have become the foundation of one of the most life-changing school programs in America." The mission of the program is to inspire, equip, and empower every person to create a permanent positive culture change in their school, business and community by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. 

Students in the Acworth Achievers program have accepted Rachel's Challenge to create a positive environment for themselves and their peers. Students are now on the forefront to combat bullying and the Acworth Achievers are among them. 

Click here to see more pictures of our process creating the banner. 

Giving Thanks to the United States Armed Forces 11/22/2011

 The Acworth Achievers took set aside a special time during the Thanksgiving season to write Thank You Letters to the servicemen and women of the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Benning in Columbus, GA. After watching Youtube videos and learning the struggles of the soldiers who put themselves in harms way and their families who endure extended periods of time without their loved ones, participants wanted to let the troops know how much they are thought of during the holidays. A week after the letters were sent, SSG Brandon Carrington notified the program that the letters had been received and were distributed to the privates who were very appreciative.  

Pictured left is 8 year veteran Staff Sargeant Brandon Carrington recipient Meritorious Service Medal, Two Arcom Medals, and Seven Army Achievement Medals. Now stationed at Fort Benning, GA, SSG Carrington has performed one tour to Korea and two Iraq Campaigns.

The Acworth Achievers extend a heartfelt thank you to all servicemen and women during the holiday season and will continue to exercise the freedom you fight for.

Achievers Build Sleepy Hollow Themed Scarecrow for Parade 11/15/2011
Getting into the fall spirit, the Acworth Achievers built a Sleepy Hollow themed scarecrow for the Acworth Scarecrow Parade. All entries will be displayed in downtown Acworth along Main St. The winners of this friendly scarecrow competition will be announced at the 2011 Taste of Acworth on October 15th.

 

For pictures of the Acworth Achievers scarecrow build Click Here

Special Invitation to the North Georgia State Fair 10/15/2011

Barber Middle School students and faithful Acworth Achievers participants enjoy the dizzy Himalaya. 

With a special invitation from community partners NorthStar Church and JRM Management, the Acworth Achievers enjoyed a day away from the Roberts School by attending the North Georgia State Fair in Marietta. After riding all the rides and winning a few stuffed animals, the Acworth Achievers endulged themselves in hotdogs and hamburgers until they were ready for an encore of more rollercoasters.

After receiving their school progress reports the week before, the Acworth Achievers prayers for fun were finally answered!

Congratulations to all the Acworth Achievers who are continuing to achieve and excel inside and outside the classroom!

Special thank you Marlon Longacre of NorthStar Church and JRM Management for making this trip possible.

Acworth Achievers Enter Contest to Win Atlanta Hawks Reading Zone 9/1/2011

*Update: Acworth Achievers receive 2nd place honors in competition.*

Acworth Achievers compete to win $10,000 worth of much needed facility renovations to their home in the Robert School Community and Education Center. The Atlanta Hawks host the annual "Reading Renovation" contest for a chance at an all-star makeover. The students of Acworth Achievers completed and submitted the application along with a 5 minute video showing why the program and the facility deserve the transformation.

The Atlanta Hawks Reading Zone renovation would allow the appearance of Robert School match the positive atmosphere of the Acworth Achievers program. Keep your fingers crossed! Winners will be announced soon!

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The Acworth Achievers are the Hawks biggest fans! Check out our team spirit:

2011 Rockets vs Hawks

2010 All-Star Voting Contest

2010 Spurs vs Hawks

Acworth Achievers Open Doors for New School Year 8/24/2011

Acworth Achievers in Kansas City, MO just before helping the City of Acworth compete and win the prestigious All-America City Award. 

Cobb County Pubic Schools are back in session, which means the Acworth Achievers Mentoring and After School Program opens its doors as well. The Acworth Achievers program welcomes both new and returning students to the Robert School Community and Education Center twice a week, Monday and Thursday from 4-6pm.

Tutoring, computer access, recreational activities and more, Acworth Achievers offers the coolest and safest place around for students to continue being productive after school while having a great time.

If you or someone you know has a child who attends school in the Acworth area, please call 770-917-1234 or email [email protected] to see how to get involved.

Blue Skies Riding Academy Hosts Acworth Achievers 8/1/2011

Summer vacation is almost over but the Acworth Acheivers are still well into their summer activities. Blue Skies Riding Academy allowed participants to enjoy an evening of horseback riding lessons at their new 27-acre locaion in Emerson, GA. Just before they began their riding experience, the participants first groomed their own personal horse to break the ice and form a bond. For most, it was their first time riding one the Earth's gentle giants. After this wonderful experience, the Acworth Achievers are sure to visit again soon.

 

 

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First time rider, Genny Johnson,  enjoys the company of her new companion Roxy.

Kids Helping Kids: The Horizon Kickball League 7/27/2011

 

Always looking for opportunities to help the community, the Acworth Achievers found a way to provide aid to familiar faces. The Horizon Kickball League, organized by the Acworth Parks and Recreation Department, is home to nearly 100 special needs athletes ages 5 and older. Upon arriving to the kickball game, athletes and buddies from the Acworth Achievers began to recognize one another from school which made the experience even more rewarding for both parties.

Serving as buddies, the Achievers were paired with a kickball participant for the duration of the game to help in any way needed. From kicking, to running, directing to bases, or just encouragement, the Achievers and other buddies helped to create the welcoming environment that the Horizon Leagues are known for.

To get involved or for more information on the Acworth Parks and Recreation Department's Horizon League, please visit http://www.acworthspecialneeds.com/.

New Life to Robert School Gazebo 7/15/2011

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After years of neglect, the Acworth Achievers breathed new life into the Robert School gazebo. Located in the center of the programs community garden, it too has bloomed. Continuing its focus of community improvement, the Acworth Achievers have exhumed a piece of neighborhood history.

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Epic Book Drive Concludes with Over 100 Books Sent to New Orleans 7/22/2011

Partnering with DoSomething.org,the Acworth Achievers recently sent over 100 books to the City of New Orleans, LA to assist in the efforts to restock the city’s public school libraries. Still recovering from the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans continues to the rebuilding process for many of their public schools. DoSomething.org began the Epic Book Drive and invited others to create community service clubs to aid in their book drive. The middle and high school students participating in Acworth Achievers answered the call by sorting through hundreds of donated books to before sending the accepted selection. The focal point of the program being service learning, the Acworth Achievers continue their efforts to make a difference in not only their community but in others as well.

Elijah Courtland (left) and Elihoenai Jiwa (right) preparing to mail the final boxes of books to New Orleans.

Expanding Horizons Receives Funding for 2012 7/1/2011

To see more pictures of Expanding Horizons life changing trips click on links below:

Expanding Horizons to Cape Canaveral, FL 2011 Pictures | Video

All-America City 2010 - St. Louis, MO |  Kansas City, MO | Video

Expanding Horizons to Washington D.C. 2009 Pictures | Video 

Acworth Achievers partner program Expanding Horizons has received funding to continue the progran in 2012 which includes a trip to New York City. In existence since 2007, Expanding Horizons has allowed over 200 students from Cobb County Public Schools to visit sites all over Georgia and southern Tennessee at no expense to their families. The program has also allowed a handful of its special participants to go on once in a lifetime trips to places such Washington D.C., Cape Canaveral, Florida, Kansas City and St. Louis, MO.

The Expanding Horizon Program has encouraged an enthusiasm for learning while exposing the community's youth to opportunities they may not otherwise afford. Surveys completed by partnering schools in past years has attributed improvements in social skills, grades, classroom participation, and overall excitement about education to the Expanding Horizons.

Partnering with DoSomething.org to Help New Orleans 6/2/2011

As of May 19, 2011, the Acworth Achievers are offically a club within the Do Something Organzation. The clubs first community involvement activity is the Epic Book Drive. Books will be collected, scanned into a database system, and donated to help restock school libraries in New Orleans still recovering from Hurricane Katrina.

"We felt this was an important issue to be a part of, helping disaster victims continue learning", said Jessica Echols, student leader of the club. 

If you have some elementary age appropriate books and would like to help, please drop them off at the Acworth Parks & Recreation Department located 4762 Logan Rd. Acworth,GA 30101. 

For more information on how you can get involved Contact Us.

 

www.dosomething.org

 

Acworth Achievers Partner with Big Shanty Art House 5/16/2011

Acworth Achievers get to relieve end of school year stess with therapeutic outdoor painting. Partnering with the Big Shanty Art House, the art class was led by Meryl Manfre. Participants painted pictures of blooming spring flowers. Finished works of art will be temporarily displayed at the Roberts School Community and Education Center. The Big Shanty Art House also partnered with the group in 2010 to complete the programs first mural community mural project.

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Jeff Bell from Department of Juvenile Justice Leads Discussion 5/12/2011
In preparation for the summer months, Jeff Bell from the Department of Juvenile Justice led a discussion on making good choices and preparing for a productive future. Participants reviewed five tough scenerios to determine what could have better decisions. Afterwards Mr. Bell offered individual advice to participants on how to achieve their goals from summer 2011 through completion of high school. Statistically summer breaks from school nationwide shows an increase in juvenile crimes and reported incidents.

Jeff Bell, probation officers in Cobb County, was presented a Certificate of Appreciation by the Acworth Achievers for helping to keep them motivated to stay positive and out of trouble during their time away from school.


Dylan Greenwell reads scenario to group for further discussion.
Planting Seeds to Our Future 4/14/2011

Shaniece Guyse is one of the members the Acworth Achievers Program.  As you can see we all planted a garden to provide food, to beautify the area, and to teach us all how easy it is to plant and grow fruits and vegetables in our own community. Our garden symbolizes our growth as students and how we should prepare for adulthood in the future. This was a very fun experience that will stay with us for life. Our hard work can be shared with the community and we won't have to go buy food. By creating our garden we can enjoy nature and taste the natural fruits and vegetables from our own creation."

Pictured is Shaniece Guyse planting tomatoes. 

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Posted By: Aaliyah Jiwa, Acworth Achiever and student at North Cobb High School.

Spring Break Fun! 4/8/2011

Acworth Achievers relieve school stress during their time off. Before the final months of school get underway including final test and assignments, participants enjoyed their break with numerous activities such as water balloon games, basketball, painting, cooking out, and skating.

With over half of the Acworth Achievers on the Honor Roll for Cobb County Schools, this was a week of rejuvenation and celebration!


Meet & Greet with Joe Johnson and the Atlanta Hawks 3/15/2011

Acworth Achievers with Atlanta Hawks All-Star Joe Johnson.

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The Acworth Achievers received a special meet and greet with Joe Johnson and the Atlanta Hawks for winning the 2011 All-Star Ballot Challenge. Participants received early entry to watch the pregame shoot-around and shared a few moments receiving autographs and taking pictures with All-Star Joe Johnson and reserve Etan Thomas. During the game the Acworth Achievers enjoyed VIP treatment including a chef prepared buffet while watching the game from the Horizon Suite at center court with the players' families.

The Acworth Achievers would like to thank Kirsten Salmonsen and Andrea Carter of the Atlanta Hawks Staff and Nicole Thomas, wife of player Etan Thomas, for making making this evening possible.

Congratulations to Atlanta Hawks Joe Johnson and Al Horford for being named to the 2011 NBA All-Star Team!

Tuskegee Airman Leonard Collins Hall, Jr. Honored by Acworth Achievers 2/17/2011

 

Now a tradition, the Acworth Achievers recognize two influential African Americans in the local community at the City of Acworth's Mayor and Council Meeting in February. This year's honorees were one of the remaining Tuskegee Airmen, Leonard Collins Hall, Jr. and his daughter Attorney Angela Brown who was the first female African American District Attorney of Cobb County. Students made a small presentation to the honorees which included the reading of their biographies and special plaques.

With the help of the Acworth Achievers, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen presented a proclomation to Mr. Hall which proclaimed the 17th day of February, Leonard Collins Hall, Jr. Day in the City of Acworth.

 

From left - Tuskegee Airman Leonard Collins Hall, Jr. with Acworth Achievers Christian Chatman and Scottie Cartledge.  

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Achievers Spring Break in Boston, MA.


The Expanding Horizons and Acworth Achievers programs have selected participants for an all expense paid trip to Boston, Massachusetts. The group will be taking a four day trip that will consist of historical tours as well as new and innovative tours of the city. The participants will enjoy tours of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Laboratory and Museum, the Museum of Science, and Plimoth Plantation. They will also have an opportunity to visit Salem and enjoy the Salem Witch Museum. We cannot wait to explore the great city of Boston!

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