PICAYUNE — The 10th class of Partners for Pearl River County celebrated its graduation at First Baptist Church on Friday, May 10, in the Fellowship Hall. The graduating class included: Jason Bounds, Nacole Dillon, Christy Goss, John Huck, Jeff McClain, Teenia Perry, Paul Reese, Brooke Rester, Eric Stafne, Richelle Stafne, Kristin Thibodeaux, Pat Tidmore, and Jim Walker. The staff is comprised of: Jo Woods, Tricia Knight, Shirley Wiltshire, Marilyn Bailey, Rod Lincoln and Scott Langlois (Program Chairman). This year marks the first class since founder Glade Woods passed away. Woods’ wife, Jo, was always equally dedicated to the program and is as active as ever in her passion to develop leaders and share her love for Pearl River County. In addition to the project presentation by the graduating class, this year marked a new tradition with the presentation of the Glade Woods Leadership Award to one class member who exhibited marked growth in leadership. “One thing Glade would always talk about, throughout the years, was the growth he would see in individual students. He never forgot a student’s name or the progress they made through the program. The board decided an award based on that quality would be a meaningful way to honor him. “The inaugural Glade Woods Leadership Award was presented to Brooke Rester. This award is given to the class member who demonstrates exceptional leadership skills and abilities throughout the 10 month class,” said Langlois. The three projects that were presented were: Pearl River County Dogs; Financial Education for Students and Project Investment. The first presentation was Pearl River County Dogs and was presented by Eric and Richelle Stafne. The duo have recently relocated to Pearl River County and focused on dog-friendly places to visit and community events. Their project included establishing a website and Facebook presence through which they promote events and establishments which are pet friendly. Examples given were the Crosby Arboretum and Pawdi Gras Parade sponsored by The Senior Center. “The reach of site has been far greater than the county, state, or U.S.,” said Richelle Stafne. “We have had views from many other countries and are linking to dog-friendly sites elsewhere, as well as beginning a blog to provide tips for dog owners.” The second presentation: Financial Literacy for Pearl River County High Schools was based on curriculum by Dave Ramsay. Project team members were: John Huck, Christy Goss, Paul Reese, Kristin Thibodeaux and Pat Tidmore. Their mission was to provide a high-quality curriculum to PRC High School to support teaching financial literacy. After getting some background on education statistics in the county, the team members felt compelled to embrace this as their project. They reviewed materials and watched video segments from curriculum presented by Dave Ramsay. Team member John Huck was familiar with Ramsay and taught a financial class with his educational materials at his church. The team agreed the curriculum would provide valuable knowledge to students and empower them to make sound financial decisions. The curriculum is based on four units: Saving and Investing; Credit and Debt; Financial Responsibility and Money Management, and Insurance/Risk Management and Income/Careers. Once the details and budget had been finalized, they approached schools for approval and began to raise money for their project from community stakeholders. In the midst of their project, the team received validation from State Treasurer Lynn Fitch. In a Mississippi Business Journal Article, published on Jan. 18, Fitch was quoted as saying, “... this is the year that the state should mandate financial literacy for high schoolers.” The team met with Fitch who confirmed they were on the right track for students in Pearl River County. All local high schools accepted the financial literacy curriculum and will begin using it next year in the classrooms. Through local donors, the team raised more than $5,000 and has been able to purchase a life-time membership for the curriculum for all county high schools. The schools will be able to duplicate curriculum materials on demand and receive updates. The third presentation: Project Investment, focused on community leaders investing time and knowledge into area youth who could be labeled as “at-risk” due to socio-economic circumstances. The team members were: Jason Bounds, Nacole Dillon, Jeff McClain, Teenia Perry, Brooke Rester and Jim Walker. The team chose this project during the “Education Day” segment of their class and met with teachers and social workers in the school system as they gathered information to determine components of their project. In their research, the group gathered a list of “Hidden Rules” of conduct to better understand the differences between conduct of those fitting in generational poverty, middle class and wealth categories. The material, based on work of Ruby Payne and others, was a generalization of behaviors and based on large populations. The group then chose four high school students, from Picayune Memorial High School, with the goal of providing a framework for positive relationships between the business community and the school community. They hoped to expose the youth to positive role models who would provide consistent support and guidance. Their intent was to help develop personal skills and career awareness to encourage the youth to graduate from high school and either gain admission to college or obtain a full-time job. The group obtained memberships for the youth to local gyms, took them bowling, attended the PMHS basketball playoffs and took them to dinners at various restaurants, and had them volunteering at Manna Ministries. They also took the young men on a tour of the PRC Utility Authority Wastewater Treatment Facility and helped the young men attend their high school prom with community donations. The youth experienced a desire to become mentors, themselves. They were encouraged that their dreams could be met despite age and socio-economic differences, the team experienced a changed perception of youth in the community, realized that “at-risk” is not defined as problem. The community experienced a conquering of stereotypes, volunteerism’s positive impact on both parties, and the realization that everyone has something they can give back to the community, regardless of their situation. Those in attendance had much to say about the class projects. “Each year I attend the graduation, I am more impressed with the projects undertaken by the groups. The time, devotion, and care given to each project continues to astound me. The projects are ones which will have an impact in the community,” said DA Hal Kittrell. Pearl River Community College Vice-President Dr. Scott Alsobrooks said, “Pearl River County's future lies in the hands of our young people. The 2013 Partners for Pearl River County Leadership Program graduates went ‘over and above’ expectations in building a foundation for success for our youth. This class of graduates set the bar high for the wave of students. Not only did these students learn more about Pearl River County, but they dedicated a lot of time to help young Pearl River County residents through education and mentoring. It is always a pleasure working with the Partners Leadership Program.” “It was a wonderful experience which I would recommend to everyone. I have lived my entire life and I learned I had much to learn about the county I call home,” said graduate Christy Goss.
Third annual Christmas on the Rails and Shopping by Candlelight
The Third Annual “Christmas on the Rails” is from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday in conjunction with Picayune Main Street’s Shop by Candlelight and Art Works sponsored by Greater Picayune Arts Council (GPAC). Art Works and Shop by Candlelight go on until 9 p.m. Sometime during the evening, the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce will announce the winner of the Best Decorated Store Front contest.
CWC Pilgrimage: A second time around
D.L. and Sandra Barker Bolton invite you to join them for the “second time around” as they open their home for the Civic Woman’s Club Christmas Pilgrimage to be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2 until 7 p.m.
Both of them were on the first tour of homes when Civic Woman’s Club started the Pilgrimage in 1986. D.L. and his late wife, Wanda, had a Renaissance Christmas, and Sandra and her late husband, Larry, had a Victorian Christmas.
Business withstands test of time
McDonald Funeral Home, now owned and operated by Steve and Ann
McDonald, is a 96-year-old family run business with several long time
employees and was the recent recipient of the 2013 Excellence in
Business Award from the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce.
Vocability: Did Black Friday make you blue?
The holiday shopping season has begun and in its honor this week’s
column relates to retail terminology.
Anyone who has either had a part-time job or has been known as a
frequent shopper has most likely encountered several of these terms.
Match the ones you know and learn the others because it will give you
a whole perspective on your shopping experience.
As always, the answers are at the bottom of the column.
Partners delivers Presents for Pearl River County
“Our vision was to coordinate with all three county school districts and have students anonymously adopted like the programs used with ‘Angel Tree’ and such,” said Herndon, who is Children's Minister at First Baptist Church in Picayune. “We have two locations for trees that will have ornaments representing children in need. One is at Coast Electric in Picayune and the other is at the Poplarville Courthouse.”
Coast Electric is located at 6375 U.S. 11, in Picayune. The Poplarville Courthouse is located at 200 Highway 26 E, in Poplarville. The trees are conveniently located for access when the facilities are closed.
Toys for Tots registration and drive
Boxes are available in Picayune, Poplarville, Crossroads, Millard, McNeill and Carriere.
In Picayune, a few of the many locations to find them are: Crosby Library, Highland Community Hospital, Picayune Police Department and SPCA. In Poplarville, a few of the many locations to find them are: Jacob’s Well, Chamber of Commerce and Hancock Bank. In Crossroads, a box is located at Crossroad Seafood and Grill. In McNeill, a box is located at McNeill Travel Plaza. In Carriere, boxes can be found at Hide-A-Way Lake and PRC School ROTC.
To sign up, go to WORC from Monday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec 6, during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. through noon. Those needing further information can call 769-926-1333.
Fred Cruse Foundation again giving away bicycles
All donations can be either dropped off or mailed to Fred’s Westside Pharmacy located at 207 Kirkwood St., Picayune, MS 39466. For more information call Diane Cruse at 601-798-8888.
Angel Tree for children
Trees with angel ornaments to adopt can be found at Wal-Mart and Highland Community Hospital. Those who would like to sponsor a child through Angel Tree, or find out more about it, may call the church at 601-798-6301 or visit the Internet site at www.angeltree.org.
Senior Snowflake project
Snowflake trees will be found at:
— Highland Community Hospital;
— Ford Realty located at 1004 Memorial Boulevard, open from 8:30 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday;
— Stewart Insurance Agency, 114 East Canal Street in Picayune open
Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
CWC Pilgrimage: Formby home
It’s Christmas time in Picayune and you will be hard pressed to find more holiday spirit anywhere other than this Main Street home in the heart of old Picayune.
The renovated home of Mark and Rita Formby sits on four city lots across from a grove of live oaks that are draped in Spanish moss. The sprawling oaks are scenic year round and slightly buffer the rumble of Norfolk Southern trains that roll by.
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