ATHENS, Ala. - Amy Frazier, an Athens State student in Education, received the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Teacher of the Year 2013-2014. Frazier was awarded the distinction by Kim Dodd of the Decatur-based organization that is committed to reducing or eliminating the causes and consequences of poverty.
Community Action Partnership serves 15 counties in North Alabama with Head Start, Early Head Start, and Pre-K classrooms. Frazier is a Head Start teacher at Scottsboro Head Start in Scottsboro, Alabama in Jackson County. She was nominated by her peers for the award.
Frazier’s goal to become a teacher has been untraditional but rewarding. She began a path in the summer of 2000 to earn an Early Childhood Education Bachelor’s Degree but put her education on hold to start a family. In 2005 Frazier went to work as a Head Start teacher and in 2011, as an employee of Community Action Partnership of North Alabama, she took advantage of the organization’s tuition assistance to help employees continue their education.
“In the Fall of 2011, I enrolled in one class at Athens State, in fact it was the same class I had taken in 2000,” remarked Frazier. “I continued to slowly take 1 to 2 classes until eventually I took three classes, and then four last summer.”
Frazier will finally graduate in May 2015 with her Early Childhood Education Degree – successfully completing the educational pathway she started 15 years prior.
“I remember back in 2000, I met a wonderful mentor and professor by the name of Dr. Pat Kuby,” Frazier continues. “She was my advisor then, and she still is today. She has been a great mentor and friend to me.”
This past summer, Frazier was asked to be the Honor Marshall for the College of Education at the Commencement Ceremony. Her professors in the education department recommended her for this role.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY OCCURRING ACTIVITIES:
Athens Cruise In on the Square - Every first Saturday April through October only! 3-8PM.
The Athens Dulcimers meet at 6:30 p.m. at Athens Recreation Center 1st & 3rd Thursday night of each month. Contact Jerry Todd for more information 256.233.1262.
Pickin' & Grinnin' at Ardmore every Thursday night at 6:30 PM at the Ardmore TN Annex Building, 256-423-7588
Pickin' & Grinnin' at Elkmont every Monday night at 6:30 PM at the Elkmont Depot, 931-427-6296
Every Wednesday at 10:-11:00 AM – Storytime at Elkmont Library (Depot). Different themes each week. Contact 256-732-3703.
Zumba Fitness with Hannah is held every Tuesday from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Athens State University Sandridge Student Center unless otherwise noted. Classes are $5 per person with every 5th class free. For more information please contact Hannah Each at (256) 749-5485.
PARTNERS IN PINK - All breast cancer survivors living in the Athens area are invited to attend the monthly meeting of Partners in Pink, an Athens Breast Cancer Support Group. Partners in Pink meet in the Education Room of the Athens-Limestone Hospital on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6pm. For additional information please contact: Tammy Woodward
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Upcoming Events and Activities
The Limestone County Archives, in cooperation with the Alabama Humanities Foundation, will explore the professions and the people that sustain American society when it hosts "The Way We Worked," a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition
CASA (Care Assurance Systems for the Aging and Homebound) is seeking donations of small space heaters (110 voltage). Requests have already begun coming in according to Sandra Zirbel, Director of the Limestone County CASA. “All donations made to CASA will be used here for our elderly in this county.” Another program coordinated by CASA which helps elderly homeowners and tenants is the “Weatherization Program” which readies homes for winter. “This is a good project for a church group, a supervised school group, or just a group of friends who enjoy working together,” states Zirbel. She urges concerned citizens of Limestone County to call CASA at 256-777-1038 for more details.
Creamery Tours Now Available at Belle Chevre - Visitors to Belle Chevre’s new creamery in the heart of Elkmont will have the opportunity to take a self-guided tour with no call-ahead notice and learn the ins and outs of how America’s best goat cheese is made. Guided tours are also optional during set hours or by calling ahead. The tours will include the following: SELF-GUIDED: (Monday-Friday 8am-2:30pm, Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm)GUIDED: (Monday through Saturday by calling ahead) - Book your Guided Tour using the form below or by calling the creamery at 1-888-549-1665 (toll free) or 256-732-4801.REGISTER ONLINE AT: www.bellechevre.com/creamery-tour-registration.php
Vietnam Veterans of America (Chapter 511) On Going Fund Raiser
1st Saturday of every month!! (11am - 2pm)
Turkey, Ham and Prize Shoot
(Chicken Stew for sale - $5.00 all you can eat or $5.00 per quart/$17.50 per gallon) located at 17915 W Elm St, Athens, Alabama
Call (256) 232-0029 for additional information
In an on-going effort to raise monies for our Museum Expansion Project, we are selling a Museum “Challenge Coin” for $15.00. A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion (usually military), bearing an organization’s insignia or emblem and carried by the organization’s members. Traditionally, they are given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale. In addition, they are also collected by service members. In practice, challenge coins are normally presented by unit commanders in recognition of special achievement by a member of the unit. They are also exchanged in recognition of visits to an organization
Two Limestone County Attractions Featured in New National Tourism Campaign. The two culinary destinations located in Limestone County highlighted in the national campaign are Belle Chevre Creamery and Cheese Shop in Elkmont and 1818 Farms in Mooresville. Read More
The Limestone County Archives, in cooperation with the Alabama Humanities Foundation, will explore the professions and the people that sustain American society when it hosts "The Way We Worked," a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. Get more details
Oct 4th - Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call 8AM 100 Pryor Street Athens call Director Thompson at 256-771-7578
Nov 1st - Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call 8AM 100 Pryor Street Athens call Director Thompson at 256-771-7578
Dec 6th - Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call 8AM 100 Pryor Street Athens call Director Thompson at 256-771-7578
ON GOING - FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
Civil War Historical Site - The Battle of Sulphur Creek (Branch) Trestle
KALB - Got Electronics? We'll take them YEAR AROUND! - It seems many still are unaware that our recycling center will take electronics any time during business hours. It is no longer necessary to wait for a special collection day to properly dispose of your old electronics. More good news! The center no longer charges a fee for CRT monitors. The $8 per television disposal fee remains in place. All other electronics are taken free of charge. Hours of operation: Tuesday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (lunch 11:30-12:30) Click HERE to learn more about what is accepted at the recycling center
Peace, Love & Animals Athens New NO-KILL Shelter in Tanner
Adopt one of these deserving pets at Peace, Love & Animals is a non-profit 501(c)3, No-kill animal rescue. email 256-233-4343 more
To learn more about us click here
The Friends of the Athens-Limestone Public Library hold used book sales on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and on the 1st Saturday of each month from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The sale is held at the library, 405 E. South St. For further information, please call (256) 232-1233.
The Alabama Veterans Museum needs volunteers! If you have a few hours per week and would like to help out, please call the museum at 256.771.7578. Pick the days and hours you would like to volunteer.
The Shirts-n-Skirts square dance club would like to invites anyone who would like to stop by. The 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month we meet at The Dance Factory on Freeman Ave then on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays we meet at the Athens Recreation Center on Hwy 31. all Kay 256-423-4141 www.shirts-n-skirts.com more.
Information from Birdie Thornton Center's project director - Statewide waiting list for Adult Services through the Alabama department of Mental Health MR waiver.
Ardmore Renaissance Faire - www.ardmore-renfaire.com
Athens Bible School Home Spun - www.athensbibleschool.org/giving/homespun.htm
Athens on the Square Car Show - www.carsonthesquare.com/