Gordon Center News – December (Calhoun, Ga.)

Date: December 16, 2010

Star Students

Gordon Star Students

Andrew Shirley and Ashley Tidwell

Congratulations Andrew Shirley and Ashley Tidwell on meeting all of their graduation goals! They have been named star students because of their hard work and determination to earn a diploma! We wish them the best of luck in their continuing education and other pursuits.

Good luck to Aron Jones and Kevin Sims as well, who have also completed all of their requirements for graduation!

Happy Holidays

I’m sorry we didn’t get an edition published during November; it’s been so hectic here the last month! With final programs, EOCTs, assessments, grades and holidays, we just got too busy to publish. I do want to update everyone before Christmas break, though, because there have been some exciting things going on in the center!

Wrapping gifts

Student Ashley Parker-Jones wraps gifts for our adopted family.

During the month of November, students participated in Penny Wars, an event to raise money for our adopted Christmas family, a single mother and her three boys ages 6, 7 and 11. Students brought in almost $55, and another $350 was raised by our staff and outside donors. With that money, we bought clothes, games, movies, toys and educational items for the boys, as well as a spa gift set and a gift card for groceries and gas for their mom. The session that brought in the most money, Session 1, will receive an in-class prize for their effort!

Giving back to the community is an integral part of the Ombudsman program, and selflessness is a value we hope to instill in our students. We really appreciate all of the money that was brought in to help this family, and I hope you all continue in the giving spirit this holiday season.

Service Learning Opportunities

Seeds & Sentiments for Seniors (Jan. 5 – Feb. 7)
During the month of January, we will be creating flower pots from recycled newspaper for seniors at a local nursing home. Each pot will contain flower seeds that the seniors can care for and grow during the spring months. We will also be making and attaching Valentine’s Day cards, as we plan to deliver the gifts during the second week of February.

Coupons to Troops (Ongoing)
We are collecting expired (and unused current) coupons to send to our troops overseas. The PXs and Commissaries overseas accept expired manufacturer coupons for a few months, and we will be mailing ours monthly to our adopted base in Spain. So, if you get the Sunday paper or otherwise have unused or expired coupons, bring them in! Students get credit for collecting, cutting, sorting and tallying coupons for our troops! Please, no printed or store coupons.

Backpack Buddy Club

Backpack Buddy Club is a non-profit organization set up to feed economically disadvantaged students over the weekend during the school months. We will be a food collection site for students in our community, and our students will have the opportunity to pack meals for those in need.

Did You Know?

Volunteering is almost twice as predictive of grades as achievement test scores (Desimone, 1999)

Dates to Remember

December 16:Mail Coupons to Troops (volunteering)
December 16:End of second grading period/First Semester
December17-Jan 4:Christmas Break (no school)
January 5:First day of Second Semester
January 17:Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)


Our Gordon Center is located in Calhoun, Ga.

Gordon Center
480 Red Bud Road
Calhoun, GA 30701
P (706) 624-1077
F (706) 624-1078
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