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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Since the holidays are around the corner, the Achievers were looking for ways to give back to the community. They have always wanted to help out the needy and on December 7th the Achievers finally got what they wanted. The Acworth Achievers volunteered at "The Big Kitchen" in Marietta, GA. The Big Kitchen serves anyone from low income to homeless and the Achievers got to be a part of their generosity.
The meal of the day was spaghetti, garlic bread, fresh salad, and banana pudding and guess who was the chef? You guessed it! Our very own Acworth Achievers prepared and served the entire meal from start to finish and were able to feed over 60 people. Even though it was a lot of work, every Achievers walked out of the Big Kitchen feeling better about themselves. The Achievers are slowly making the world a better place!
Every year, the city of Acworth partners with Tackle Hunger to put on their annual Turkey Chase 5K to raise money for a good cause as each participant is required to bring one non-perishable food item in order to get a race number. The Turkey Chase is an exhilarating 5K run through Historic Downtown Acworth and along the shores of beautiful Lake Acworth. Walk, jog or run, participants of all ages and abilities are welcome.
This year there were over 900 participants from all around the metro Atlanta area. The Acworth Achievers helped to stuff 950 bags for the race participants with items from the sponsors to prepare for the event. Several Acworth Achievers participated in the 5K and our very own Achiever placed second in his age division. What a great way to start off this year's Thanksgiving holiday!
|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.
|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 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.
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|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.
To kick off the summer the Achievers took a trip to the World's Largest Inflatable Water Slide located at Dallas Landing Park in Acworth, Georgia. They were able to ride the slide and hang out at the beach all day. The trip was a reward for finishing out the school year strong and ending the year with good grades and staying out of trouble. There were some whom were afraid of heights but they could not resist the temptation to conquer the slide. The air was filled with laughter and it was a well deserved trip.
On May 29, 2014, the Acworth Achievers visited the beautiful campus of Kennesaw State Univeristy. This was an exciting and important visit, due to the fact that Kennesaw State is an important assest within the Achiever's community.
Kennesaw State Univeristy (KSU) is the the third largest university in the state of Georgia with more than 24,600 undergraduate and graduate students from across the world. KSU offers students plenty of opportunities to expierience campus life with clubs, athletics, and housing.
The Acworth Achievers took a three hour tour around the KSU campus visiting the student center, bookstore, housing, and other facilites. The students also participated in a question and answer portion that taught the history of KSU and the exciting future of Kennesaw State. After our visit, a few of the achievers were considering continuing their education at KSU.
We would like to thank Kennesaw State University for their hospitality and we are looking forward to visiting KSU in the near future.
Across the nation, education systems are taking major budget cuts and unfortunately art and music departments are the first to be affected, including the schools in Acworth. This unfortunate ordeal is affecting our local youth because it limits their creativity and exposure to the beauty of art.
On May 6, 2014, the Acworth Achievers particpated in creating their very own masterpiece. Ms. Jamila Morgan guided the achievers step by step to create their own work of art. Each acheiver was provided with paint, brushes, and a canvas.
Ms. Jamila Morgan is a local painter/artist in the Atlanta area. She is a graduate from Fort Valley State University with a B. A. in Commercial Design and currently the Visual Specialist for Land's End.
The Achievers were very pleased with their art work and what they accomplished. We would like to thank Jamila for volunteering her time with the Acworth Achievers. Expect more masterpieces from Acworth Achievers in the near future.
On May 3, 2014, the Acworth Achievers volunteered their time to assist others. The Achievers spent their morning working with the Horizon League in Acworth, Georgia. The Horizon League is a community organization that provides athletic and social events for children and adults with special needs.
The achievers assisted both teams during a game of baseball. They provided help with each team member in batting, fielding, and running the bases. Both teams had a great time and it was a great experience for the Achievers.
The Acworth Achievers pride themselves on giving back to their community. We are looking forward to working with the Horizon League in the near future. We would like to thank Lauren Ham, parents, and participants of the Horizon League for the opportunity.
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On April 12 2014, the Acworth Achievers participated in the 35th Annual Sickle Cell Road Race/Walk at Welcome All Recreation Center in College Park, Georgia. Several of the Achievers inherited the sickle cell trait and one student has the full blown disease. In efforts to support the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia and each other, the Achievers participated in the road race/walk without hesitation.
Heavyweight Champion and future Hall of Fame Boxer, Evander Holyfield was in attendance for the race. It was a huge turn out and some of our Achievers ran and walked away with 1st Place trophies.
The 35th Sickle Cell Road Race/Walk was founded by The Partners, who are a group of diverse competitive and casual runners with a passion for volunteering in Metro Atlanta. Proceeds from the Sickle Cell race supports Camp New Hope, a summer camp for children with sickle cell anemia.
Participants from Acworth Achievers and Expanding Horizon recently visited the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Once the capital of the United States, Philadelphia is one of America's most historical cities filled with art and culture.
The group departed from Atlanta, Georgia on March 31, 2014 and returned April 2, 2014. The Achievers visited the Academy of Natural Science, a tour of The United State Mint, The Liberty Bell, and enjoyed a Philly Cheesesteak. For some of the achievers, it was their first trip to Philadelphia.
The Acworth Achievers and Expanding Horizons would like to thank all of those who were involved to make this trip a success.
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|On March 22, 2014, the Acworth Achievers visited Mercer University. Mercer is one of America's oldest and distinctive institutions. Founded in 1833, Mercer's beautiful campus is surrounded by classic architecture in the heart of Macon, Georgia. The campus and student body were electric after the exciting win from Mercer's basketball team over the Duke Blue Devils in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.|
The Achievers participated in a tour around the campus grounds and facilities, an afternoon luncheon, and seminars covering the transition from high school into college.
We would like to thank Mercer University for their hospitality and we are looking forward to visiting Mercer next year.
On March 4, 2014, the Acworth Achievers had a special visit from Justin Tutt of Kutz4Kids Inc. Mr. Tutt is the founder and President of Kutz4Kids Inc. The organization specializes in providing programs for the youth that promote self improvement and higher education. Mr. Tutt shared his story, background, and goals that inspired the Acheivers. The meet and greet was a success and we look forward to working with Kutz4Kidz in the near future. For more information about the program, please visit their website at www.k4kinc.com
On January 25, 2014, the Acworth Achievers attended the HBCU (Historical Black Colleges & Universities) Recruitment Fair and the 12th annual Honda Battle of the Bands. Both events took place at the Georgia World Congress Center and the Georgia Dome located in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia.
During the recruitment fair, the Achievers had the opportunity to speak with represenatives from 39 historical black colleges and universities. We received valuable information about college admission requirements, scholarships, grants, & funding.
After the fair, the Achievers enjoyed the sounds of 8 HBCU marching bands in the Honda Battle of the Bands. The bands that perfromed were Morehouse College, U of A at Pine Bluff, North Carolina A&T, Bethune-Cookman, Winston-Salem State, Alabama A&M, Alabama State, and South Carolina State.
It was a fun and productive day for the Acworth Achievers. We will like to thank Cobb EMC for their contribution towards this trip.
On January 20, 2014, the Acworth Achievers honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by attending the second annual MLK Celebration in Acworth, Ga. During the ceremony, the achievers heard powerful messages from Rev. Tim Houston, Alderman of City of Acworth, Rev. Leela Waller from Bethel AME Church, and Marvon Williams from American Family Insurance. Some of our very own acheivers spoke and presented the Acworth Achievers Dream Capsule. Ms. Rachel Ramsey concluded the ceremony by singing "Wind Beneath My Wings".
Inspired by Dr. King's message, the Achievers participated in giving back to thier local community by renovating and cleaning the yard of an Acworth resident.