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Yard signs are available to post around the community. Please HELP!
Al Jacobson Memorial Red Cross Blood Drive – On September 26th one hundred-eight donors reported giving blood. Ninety-eight pints were collected. Volunteer Linda Hayes reported that a donor can give blood once every two months. She said that a group of about a dozen men come from Pearson each time that they are eligible. That is quite a commitment. Thanks to all that are able and willing to do this.
JONATHAN A. ROBERTSON OCTOBER YOUTH OF THE MONTH
It is with much enthusiasm that I introduce to you, Jonathan A. Robertson. Jonathan is the son of Joseph and Patricia Robertson.
Jonathan is ranked 9th among 307 Ware County High School seniors.
When asked what attributes to his academic success, Jonathan stated, “I attribute most of my success to my mother and father and how they deal with their life at home, at work, and in the outside world. They have made the most of their life and ensured that I am well provided for without being greedy. They have taught me that I must work for what I have and get. They have also taught me to set goals and work to achieve them. My parents have a great relationship with each other, my brother and myself, and my childhood has been wonderful because of them.”
Jonathan’s Club Activities and Awards
• Beta Club and National Honor Society
• Wrestling team, Captain
• Cross Country team, Captain
• Tennis team
• First Southern Junior Board of Directors, Vice Chairman
• Platinum Senior
• His most challenging and highest honor has been obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout.
Additional Awards Include:
• University of Georgia Certificate of Merit
• Junior Fellow Scholar- Presbyterian award
• Young Gun Award
• MVP and the most improved runner for cross country
• Academic Scholar for three years in a row for tennis
His community involvement includes:
• Donating to the General Coffee State Park
• Helping clean up the Satilla River
• Food, clothes, and toiletries drives
• Helping teachers at Waresboro during pre and post planning
• Assisting the Marine Corp League 1333, placing flags in cemeteries, marching in parades
• Helping with family day
• Assisting with field day and water day
After graduation, Jonathan plans to attend Georgia Southern University and major in Computer Engineering. Jonathan is passionate about computers and all things to do with them from coding to the actual hardware that is needed to run them. He stated that computers are amazing machines, and he can’t wait to start learning more in college and being on his own.
Program Chair Daniel Warren introduced Mary Fogle, the Shelter Manager at the Magnolia House Waycross Area Shelter for Abused Persons, Inc. to speak about domestic violence.
Statistics show that one in three women and one in four men are victims of domestic violence. Chances are you are friends with, work with, go to the gym with, the track with, to church with, or you are someone experiencing domestic violence. Talk to the people in your circle, and keep an eye out for those you love and for the people who don’t feel they have a voice. We are here for those who need help with domestic violence and if you’re that person, we are here for you.
Our advocates understand being in an abusive relationship is hard and that leaving can be dangerous. When you feel the time is right, reach out by calling us. One phone call can change or save your life. There is help and it’s right here. You can live safely. 1-800-33-HAVEN.
Currently, Magnolia House provides shelter to 24 women and children (and sometimes men). Magnolia House has been certified as a safe shelter by the Department of Human Resources.
During the year 2021, Magnolia house provided 2,918 safe shelter nights and responded to 574 crisis calls from victims needing our help. Of these 72 adults and 55 children were served through our outreach program. Other support services included 11,672 meals provided and assistance with 75 Temporary Protective Orders.
Other services offered by Magnolia house are referrals to other community partners, family and child advocacy, assistance applying for jobs, and support groups including life skills and parenting. Mock interviews, transportation, assistance with housing, and depending on available resources, accompaniment and medical advocacy, accompaniment to court. Referrals to Georgia Legal Services for representation in TPO and civil matters.
To bring awareness to the crisis, Magnolia House sponsors events and fundraisers such as the current Purple Bag Campaign, the annual
Dancing With The Southern Stars, Lunch and Learn presentations, and recently “Flowers in the Fountain,” flowers to recognize the two hundred seventy-five victims of domestic violence.
Georgia ranks number ten nationally in the number of women killed by men in domestic violence homicides. One hundred sixty-eight were killed last year. Need help leaving an abusive situation?
YOU’RE NOT ALONE! Call our 24hr crisis number 912-285-5850 or 1-800-33-HAVEN
MEMORIAL DRIVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The program Chair introduced Lori Hines, Principal of Memorial Drive Elementary School. Principal Hines said the school is the smallest in the Ware County School District. There are 359 students enrolled, Twenty-two homerooms, Kindergarten – Fifth Grade. The school serves thirty-five Gifted students and has two self-contained Special Education classes. Memorial serves the highest number of students who are classified as homeless as well.
Memorial Drive’s goals are #1. Safety; #2. Increasing Literacy and Math skills and #3. Preparing for high school and careers. Each Spring they have a Career Fair to familiarize the student body with the varied careers that are available to them after graduation.
Gifted teacher Dr. Papani Saini said that the development of phonics skills was a priority using small group instruction at the readiness level. All students have a Chrome Book and use clear touch panels (fancy chalkboards to us old timers) in the classes. CARES teachers use small group and individual instruction to help students who may be lagging behind to catch up. (To be continued in next newsletter)