THUMBS UP: To Dr. Tom Hochschild. Noticing the amount of viable items being trashed by departing students last year, the Valdosta State University associate sociology professor created Give and Go, which diverts everything from mini-fridges to electronics from the trash heap to people who can use them. Excellent example for the students and the community alike.
THUMBS UP: To Hahira Middle School teachers Shirley Davis and Ashleigh Kenny Tucker. During the past several weeks, they have respectively brought novelist Jewell Parker Rhodes and poet Taylor Mali to their schools with help from Skype. In addition to being inspired by these well-known individuals, students will likely be inspired by the success of their teachers' abilities to successfully schedule these encounters.
THUMBS UP: To Ronnie Newsome. The 18-year-old has been winning races against race car drivers with more years experience on the track than Newsome has had birthdays. But in addition to his wins, Newsome has dedicated his racing to raising awareness of childhood cancer and to his sister, Victoria, who passed away at the age of 8 from a rare brain tumor.
THUMBS UP: To Farm Days. The popular event returns today to Downtown Valdosta, presenting fresh produce and ways to prepare them to visitors. The event will surround the Lowndes County Courthouse square, with dozens of area farmers and vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, homemade items, and more. The event is in its third year of helping to promote healthy eating to our community and supporting our local farmers.
THUMBS UP: To the 100 Black Men, Valdosta chapter, for once again bringing recognition and awareness to the education community through its annual Black Tie dinner Thursday. The organization strives to improve the lives of children through programs that encourage learning, character building and achievement. Congratulations to the 100 Black Men for ensuring that the community's youth have excellent mentors to ensure their future success.