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Learning a language is free with Piedmont Library’s Mango Languages

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Piedmont Regional Library System is pleased to announce its Mango Languages online language-learning system is popular with its patrons. Beth McIntyre announces the Piedmont Region is one of the most active regions in the state since the service began in July 2016.

Mango is free for all library patrons and can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture.

Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. Some courses are just for fun, like “Talk Like a Pirate.” Each month, a specific language is highlighted. For example, in April, learn Shakespearean English to help in English class. May is the month to begin learning Spanish so we all can celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style. Mango can be accessed at the library, remotely, or even on-the-go with apps for iPhone®, Android™, Kindle® and Nook®.

“We are so proud of our patrons. Since we joined the growing list of libraries across the country that offer Mango, statistics show our patrons at the top of the activity list.” said Beth McIntyre. “Some people need to learn a second language for business or travel. Others want to learn for personal or professional development. No matter the reason, learning a language should be fun. With Mango, it definitely is.”

To learn more about Mango, stop by your library in Banks, Barrow or Jackson County (Banks County in Homer, Auburn, Statham, Winder, Braselton, Commerce, Jefferson, Maysville, Harold S. Swindle in Nicholson or Talmo), and ask for an introduction. Library card holders can access Mango free through the library website at prlib.org.

 

 

Howell Orthodontics recognizes ‘I Straightened It Out’ award honorees

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Recipients of the third annual "I Got It Straightened Out" awards.

Recipients of the third annual “I Got It Straightened Out” awards.

Dr. Emily Howell sponsored the third annual “I Straightened It Out Award” at Jefferson High School on April 22.

Howell Orthodontics of Jefferson provided a boxed lunch from Zaxby’s for 25 students, and Ferranti’s Cakery donated a wonderful cake for dessert.

After lunch, invited students and parents were lead into the auditorium at the JHS Performing Arts Center for a ceremony to honor the award recipients for turning it around or “straightening it out” in some area of their high school experience. These areas might include effort, grades, attendance, attitude and/or any combination of these.

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WJMS band students compete in Jackson County Solo & Ensemble Festival

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WJMS-Solo-&-Ensemble-groupSeveral West Jackson Middle School Band Students participated in the annual Jackson County Solo and Ensemble Festival on Saturday, April 23.

Students performed solos and as a part of various chamber ensembles for adjudicators. These fine band students were judged on tone, intonation, technique, balance, interpretation, musical effect and stage presence.

The following WJMS band students performed solos and/or ensembles earning them a superior or excellent rating, including Gracen Dutton, Taylor Howard, Christine Hunyh, Elizabeth Garmon, Victor Siple, Jayli Mergele, Javier Alvarez, Alyssa Nelson and Jillian Saul.

Also, Emily Giles, Marcus Tipton, Sydney Blackwell, Kaleigh Wood, Linaya Solis, Cassie Jones, Nic Bergeron, Ray Guererca and Savannah McGee.

In addition, Brenan Owens, Cesar Diaz, Elizabeth Sanders, Hayden Hutchison, Colby Hanes, Savannah Van Buren, Kayla Stenbauer, Sarait Elizondo, Madison Greene, Josiah Reeves and Jessi Womble.

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32 apply for Jackson County Community Outreach Scholarships

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Five apply for new Tech College Industrial Scholarships

Thirty-two Jackson County area high school seniors applied for 2016 scholarships to be awarded by Jackson County Community Outreach, says JCCO president Jim Scott.

Of the 32 applicants, five applied for the new Tech College Industrial Scholarships, targeted for specific critical skillset training.

“The applicant pool was extremely encouraging,” said Scott, “because it consisted of 12 from East Jackson Comprehensive High School, four from Commerce High School, nine from Jackson County Comprehensive High School and seven from Jefferson High School.

New JCCO scholarship committee chairwoman Elaine Roller and co-chairwoman Mary Burley deserve credit for their diligence and hard work, contacting the interview team and scheduling the interviews for student applicants.

“Their first year in these positions and their work reflects greatly on their dedication to the mission of JCCO,” said Scott.

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Braselton 13-year-old collecting books for Belize community

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Alina Rodriquez returns again to help orphanage from which she was adopted

Alina Rodriquez, in pink dress, has been returning annually to the Belize orphanage from which she was adopted as a toddler as a part of her Alina Gives Back charitable efforts. The 13-year-old Braselton resident is hosting an April 30 book drive to collect new and used books for this summer's outreach effort near the orphanage.

Alina Rodriquez, in pink dress, has been returning annually to the Belize orphanage from which she was adopted as a toddler as a part of her Alina Gives Back charitable efforts. The 13-year-old Braselton resident is hosting an April 30 book drive to collect new and used books for this summer’s outreach effort near the orphanage.

What began as a child’s question about other children without toys remaining in the Belize orphanage from which she was adopted has become an ongoing mission of a Braselton family.

Alina Gives Back is a nonprofit which annually finds that child, Alina Rodriquez, now 13 and a 10th-grader Georgia Cyber Academy student, returning to Belize to not only deliver toys and toiletries and host a dinner meal at the orphanage but host a summer day camp.

After Dominique Rodriquez and her husband had struggled for years to conceive a child and began to explore adoption, her mother, who was born in Belize and returned there after her retirement, joined the mission to find them a child. One day, the couple got a call from her mother.

“I have found your daughter,” she said of the darling orphaned toddler she found and took home with her, and the lengthy formal process began to adopt Alina and bring her home to the United States. The big bond between grandmother and granddaughter developed as Alina lived with Dominique’s mother for several months.

Alina was in kindergarten when she asked about the children she had known at the Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center in Belize. She remembered the simplicity of the surroundings compared to what she was enjoying in her Georgia home, and she wanted to share with others.

“This all happened by accident because of my daughter,” said Dominique, who began asking store managers for donations for Alina’s goal of providing for the children she left behind in the orphanage. Before long, it was Alina making the requests.

“She is my little angel,” says Dominique of her daughter, who was recently accepted to the Governor’s Honors Program in English with math as her minor. She is one of a few 13-year-olds selected to participate in this summer’s residential program at Valdosta State University for gifted and talented high school students who will be rising juniors and seniors during the program. Applying for Governor’s Honors is an arduous process and Georgia Cyber Academy instructors assisted.

The day after she returns from Governor’s Honors, Alina will be headed to Belize. While there, in addition to conducting the summer day camp, she will also be tutoring kids a few hours a day almost until school starts back.

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