WATCH: Young Leaders in Action Tate & Lyle Tour

WATCH: Young Leaders in Action Tate & Lyle Tour

February 10th, 2020- Tate & Lyle opened its company’s doors to the members of the Young Leaders in Action philanthropy group. A program made up of students from 11 different high schools here in Macon County.  The program provides a VIP experience for students as they learn first-hand about family philanthropy and the generous companies that founded our community. 

LISTEN: Education Spotlight – February 7, 2020

LISTEN: Education Spotlight – February 7, 2020

February 7th, 2020- Keith Creighton and Brittany Acree of Dennis Lab School are joined by students Michael Garmon and Caleb Mayes to talk about very unique project learning experiences where the students had an opportunity to learn about the human eye, dissect a squid and give a recorded special presentation on an animal. Book link – https://drive.google.com/open?id=1toTM2gKaxr2nw-Et6M8p66jSHHSxHlXkBtuol2gCElc

LISTEN: Preview of St. Jude Radiothon

LISTEN: Preview of St. Jude Radiothon

January 31st, 2020- St.Jude is partnering with Neuhoff’s Y103 and 95Q to host the St. Jude Cares Radio-Telethon. Listen to countless stories of triumphs, disappointments, comebacks, and recoveries from the patients and caregivers themselves in hopes to inspire you to donate to St.Jude’s research efforts. The 25 hour long radiothon will be filled with activities, entertainment and of course, pledge drives to raise funds for this worthy cause. During the two full days of the Radiothon, the radio stations devote 100% of their resources to raising money for St. Jude. Listen to the podcast with Development Representative at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Shyanne Sisk.

LISTEN: Operation Enduring Support

LISTEN: Operation Enduring Support

January 29th, 2020- Operation Enduring Support has begun working on collecting items for their upcoming Easter mailing. Addresses for APO/FPO soldiers are requested to be submitted by March 1st, and all donations to be collected by March 19th. All items may be delivered to Grace United Methodist Church at 901 N Main St. Monday thru Thursday from 8:30 to 4:00 pm.The OES will also host a packing day on March 30th to help get all of the packages assembled. Several of the items need for the mailing include: Girl Scout Cookies, Calendars, Beanie Babies, Aloe Vera, Sunscreen, Puzzle Books, Playing Cards, Slim Jims & Beef Jerky, Individual Instant Coffee, Powdered Drink Mixes, Personal Care Items, Razors, and Small American Flags. Listen to the full podcast below with Ann Irwin Director of the OES.

Maroa-Forsyth School Board Votes to Add Referendum to Ballot for New Middle School

Maroa-Forsyth School Board Votes to Add Referendum to Ballot for New Middle School

January 24th, 2020 – The Maroa Forsyth School Board voted unanimously to place a $33 million referendum on the March 17th ballot to replace the current middle school, located in Maroa next to the high school. If the referendum passes, the funding will support the construction the new school as well as improvements to the High School.

“Building a new middle school connected to the high school has many educational, safety and financial advantages.”said Dr. John Ahlemeyer, Superintendent. “In the long term, we believe this is a smart investment in our district and for our community. Only a portion of the new school will be financed by additional property taxes. For the owner of $100,000 home, that means approximately $54 a year or about $1 per week.”

If the referendum passes, tentatively construction and renovations would begin in the Summer of 2021, with occupancy tentatively planned for Fall of 2023.

“The Maroa-Forsyth Middle School is an aging facility in need of extensive repairs and renovations,” said Dr. John Ahlemeyer, Superintendent. “It is just not cost-effective to renovate the current school. Building a new middle school in Maroa has many advantages, including the opportunity to coordinate middle and high school programs and services and provide additional program opportunities for our High School students. It’s a plan with long-term advantages for our students and our community and it supports the results of our Middle School Steering Committee planning process.”

DPS Launches Jerry J. Dawson Civic Leadership Institute Thanks To $2.3 Million Grant From Howard G. Buffett Foundaiton

DPS Launches Jerry J. Dawson Civic Leadership Institute Thanks To $2.3 Million Grant From Howard G. Buffett Foundaiton

January 14, 2020 –DPS61 announced the launch of the Jerry J. Dawson Civic Leadership Institute thanks to a $2.3 Million Dollar Grant from Howard G. Buffett FoundationThe Jerry J. Dawson Civic Leadership Institute will offer DPS students a pathway to pursue careers in public serviceincluding nursing, paramedic support, firefighting, law enforcementgovernment service, and legal professions.  

“Communities are strongest when the broadest cross-section of citizens are engaged and work together to improve the quality of life for everybody,” said Howard G. Buffett, Chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. “We believe the Jerry J. Dawson Civic Leadership Institute will give Decatur’s young people opportunities to see how they can pursue careers that allow them to engage, support and be the future leaders working to improve their community.”

The Institute is named for former Macon County Sheriff Jerry J. Dawson, who served the Sheriff’s Office for more than 30 years. Following his retirement in 2008, Sheriff Dawson served as an Adjunct Instructor of Criminal Justice at the Decatur Area Technical Academy and Richland Community College, in addition to eight years as a City Councilman. Jerry Dawson continues to live in and serve the Decatur community.

“Early in my career I worked directly with a number of young people who made mistakes,” said Jerry Dawson. “Those interactions opened my eyes to the support kids need to make good choices as they mature. Later I looked back on that experience and really tried to get to the root of things and understand where our challenges are. In Decatur we are blessed with resources to explore new ways of addressing these challenges. We’re fortunate to have community members invested in creating an environment that helps students grow into positive, productive citizens.”

The Jerry J. Dawson Civic Leadership Institute will launch in fall of 2020 for students at Eisenhower and MacArthur High Schools, and will also have ties to the current Public Service Academy at Stephen Decatur Middle School.

“The Howard G. Buffett Foundation continues to empower our students to reach their fullest potential,” said Dr. Paul Fregeau, Superintendent of Decatur Public Schools. “This investment, and the creation of the Jerry J. Dawson Civic Leadership Institute, will not only shape our students into capable leaders, but will also create a direct pipeline to meaningful careers that serve our community.”

In addition to creating the Jerry J. Dawson Civic Leadership Institute, the grant will also provide scholarships for eligible Institute graduates to continue their public service education. Scholarships will support students in the pursuit of certifications through Emergency Medical Services (EMS), nursing and nursing assistance, criminal justice, and political science programs.

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation continues to invest in the Decatur Public Schools Foundation, providing transformational programming for our students. A $1.65 million gift from the Buffett Foundation in 2017 established the Dwayne O. Andreas Ag Academy, designed to help DPS students explore careers in agribusiness. Prior investments from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation have also supported creative science programming, student leadership, and parent engagement activities.

Richland Community College Hires New Outreach Coordinator For Agricultural Programs

Richland Community College Hires New Outreach Coordinator For Agricultural Programs

January 11th, 2020- Richland Community College welcomes Dave Shiley as the new Outreach Coordinator for Agricultural Programs. Shiley will be working with the high school agricultural programs within Richland’s district to showcase the College’s agricultural offerings and recruit students into the program. He will also be working to expand the FFA career development events and other educational offerings conducted at Richland for high school students. Additionally, Shiley will be working with the agribusiness community to expand internships and other experiential learning opportunities for students. Student connection and involvement in the local agribusiness community not only provides “real world” experiences, but can lead to future employment opportunities after graduation.