Melanie Lumpkin

Family STEAM Night at Belair K-8

Belair K‒8 School hosted a family STEAM night to highlight the innovative activities and technology being utilized at the brand new, state-of-the-art school. With collaboration from several organizations and businesses—National Security Agency, SRS, Mastermind Escape Games Augusta, South Carolina Electric Company, StarLab, Belair K‒8 PTO, Sasserfrass Hill Bee Farm, Cyber Academy of Excellence, Georgia Cyber Center, Georgia Architects, and IOTA Communications—this event was a perfect way for families to spend quality time together  through a variety of hands-on activities and learn about robotics, technology, coding, architecture, animals, astronomy, virtual reality, art, and music.  

Keep up the good work, Falcons!

Dog Therapy Program

There’s no better way to spend an afternoon. Through an innovative dog therapy program, students at Langford Middle School are showing improvements in behaviors. Lego, the Aussiedoodle, is a certified therapy dog; he is trained to help people who have anxiety, autism, and/or emotional behavior disorders. The program started about 4 months ago, and the benefits have been remarkable. Mr. Cunningham, a special education teacher at Langford, attributes the therapy to calming the students and giving them confidence. The school is hoping to expand the program to serve even more students.

What a great way to spend an afternoon.

Junior Beta Club Sponsors Guatemalan Student

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The Junior Beta Club students from Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School are having a world-wide impact through an innovative community service project. The Junior Beta Club president, Tyler Sims, was inspired to make a difference in the world; he researched several service projects that his peers and he could participate in and stumbled across the Yuda Band website which focuses on raising money to send children in third-world countries to school. The money is raised by students selling wristbands that are handmade in Guatemala.  

After making the proper arrangements, the seventh grade Junior Beta students were able to Skype with their sponsored student, Duglus Chavez, a 14-year-old boy from Guatemala; through this experience, students were able to break down language and travel barriers to understand different cultures and share a common story. The goal is to sell 326 bands so they can fund Duglas’ total high school education! They are well on their way to meeting this goal.

Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School Takes First Place in Eco-Meet Challenge

Eco Meet

Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School takes overall first place in the 18th annual Eco-Meet Challenge! In addition to Davidson, A.R. Johnson, C.T. Walker, Tutt Middle, and the Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School were also represented and took home awards in various categories. Eco-Meet is an environmental science competition open to middle school students in public, private, and home schools in the CSRA. The competition consists of six different testing stations hosted by different member organizations of the CSRA Environmental Science Education Cooperative.