Richmond County School System Student Raises Awareness for Sex Trafficking in the CSRA

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Isabelle Tudor Schwartz is on a mission. The tenth grader currently at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School has actively been raising awareness throughout the CSRA on sex trafficking. "I was inspired when I read Sold, a true story account of a girl sold into sex trafficking at a young age by Patricia McCormick. Through my own research, I learned that this is a big problem in the U.S. and here in Augusta. This is something I feel I can give a unique approach to as a teenager living in the age of social media. Although I never experienced this personally, I still want to make a difference."

A difference being felt throughout the Richmond County School System and the CSRA. Schwartz was asked to speak at Augusta University this past March for the Impacting Student Learning Conference; where she spoke on sex trafficking and its lack of awareness throughout the CSRA and presented key information on the topic to educate and inform the community. Schwartz primarily focuses on educating her peers and teenagers on the dangers of sex trafficking combined with social media. Recently, she was highlighted in an issue of the Summerville Living Magazine for her accomplishments throughout the Augusta community as a young advocate. 

She is continuing this mission as she will also be speaking at the Women on Assignment Conference at the Young Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Augusta on Saturday, October 14 at 2 PM. "Every conference is another way to reach people, I am so grateful for each opportunity." 

Through my own research, I learned that this is a big problem in the U.S. and here in Augusta. This is something I feel I can give a unique approach to as a teenager living in the age of social media.
— Isabelle Tudor Schwartz Speaking on Sex Trafficking in the CSRA

Books Donated in Recognition of National Literacy Awareness Month

"It's James and the Giant Peach and Harry Potter!" exclaimed the students at the Intermediate Literacy and Math Center as they received popular titles. The Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA) recently conducted a book-drive in recognition of National Literacy Awareness Month throughout September to encourage students of all ages that reading is always fun! The books were collected among several law firms throughout the Augusta area and donated to the fourth and fifth graders at the Intermediate Literacy and Math Center. Thank you to the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys for the generous donation!

Richmond County School System Students Perform at Annual Arts in the Heart

 "Let's go Rebelettes," cheered the Hephzibah Middle School dance team as they took the stage to perform. Richmond County School System (RCSS) students celebrated the 37th Annual Arts in the Heart with performances from improv stage acts, dance routines, and a jazz fest all weekend.The dance team performed on stage for event participants, showcasing the Richmond County School System Fine Arts along with the Cross Creek High Jazz Band performance. The Cross Creek High students serenaded the audience as they performed on the Arts in the Heart Jazz Stage. Congratulations to all our students for their great performances throughout the weekend! 

We are so excited to perform for Arts in the Heart, it’s our first big performance and we get to do it on this stage with so many people!
— Hephzibah Middle Rebelettes

Davidson Fine Arts Magnet Students Audition for Nickelodeon

"I would really like to pursue a career in musical theatre," says Elaine Beachum as Quintavious Hurst chimes in, "I am definitely pursuing a career in theatre, I would love to act." Both students were recently selected to travel to Atlanta, GA to audition for Nickelodeon. Nickelodeon has been selecting middle and high school students from across the country for new talent auditions. Both eleventh grade students at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School have already begun their careers in acting, both theatre and film. "I currently have a role in a production with the Augusta Players," said Beachum as Hurst adds, "And I actually received my second call-back from Nickelodeon, I am pretty excited as to where this will take me." Congratulations to all Davidson Fine Arts students selected to audition for Nickelodeon!