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Jacob’s Ladder Registration Now Open Jacob’s Ladder at the First Baptist Church of Acworth is now enrolling for the 2019-20 year. Jacob’s Ladder is a ministry of the church that offers a Christian-based curriculum for students ages 12 months to 4 years old. The ministry is open 9:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Monday-Friday. To register, visit For questions, please call the church office at 770-974-3021 or email jl@

Reinhardt Receives Federal Grant for STEM Education

Elise Bussiere at Trinity Rescue.

Cornerstone Senior Finishes Gold Award Project Elise Bussiere, a senior at Cornerstone Preparatory Academy in Acworth, has been a Girl Scout since the first grade. The Kennesaw native recently earned her Gold Award, the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts. Bussiere’s Gold Award project, called A Horse with No Name, involved working with Trinity Rescue and Equine Sanctuary in Acworth. “For several years I have been dealing with anxiety and have volunteered at sites, such as Trinity Rescue, to help me,” Bussiere said. “It has been a retreat of sorts for me. I see the value in all that they do there and it is truly amazing. The owners, Cynthia and Joey Heaton, put their heart and souls into the property and onto the horses. What they do is nothing short of a miracle in rehabilitating horses that sometimes have come from unbearable situations. The horses may sometimes arrive at Trinity Rescue with no identity. However, they are loved on and cared for the minute that they arrive. The ultimate goal is to restore the health of the horses and to allow them to be rehomed by loving families.” Bussiere’s project at Trinity Rescue consisted of building seven obstacles to assist with the process of desensitizing the horses during their rehabilitation. The Girl Scout Gold Award requires a great deal of commitment and dedication. The candidate must spend at least 80 hours conducting research and assessing community needs to make a sustainable impact in their community. Only about 6% of Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award. For more information on Bussiere’s project, visit her Facebook page, A Horse with No Name. For more information about Trinity Rescue, visit 50

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Reinhardt University is expected to receive $930,000 in a five year period for the STEM Teacher Education and Development Program and will fund student scholarships, teacher stipends, research and a STEM Summer Camp. The National Science Foundation awarded Reinhardt the five-year Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program grant to create the program, which will provide enhanced science and math education at Reinhardt University for students studying to be high school teachers. Provost Mark Roberts and Associate Provost Jacob Harney, who also serves as the dean of the School of Mathematics and Sciences, spearheaded the grant writing project with several university education and science faculty members. Other faculty involved in writing the grant include education faculty Tami Smith, and math and sciences faculty Dr. Irma Santoro and Dr. Elizabeth Smith. “Reinhardt is proud to receive this grant, which will provide life-changing opportunities for our students, and impact science and math education in Cherokee and Pickens counties,” Reinhardt President Kina S. Mallard said. “I commend the creative and collaborative effort of the Reinhardt faculty who imagined and wrote the grant. They listened to the needs of our students and our communities as Reinhardt continues to pave the way for student success.” The program will serve Reinhardt students, as well as Cherokee County and Pickens County school districts’ teachers. It also opens up scholarship opportunities for students who receive their associate’s degree in a related field from Chattahoochee Technical College and enroll at Reinhardt to finish their bachelor’s degree. The scholarship funds will be distributed to eligible Reinhardt juniors and seniors who major in biology or math. The Reinhardt graduates will take their knowledge to a Title I public school in Cherokee County or Pickens County and teach for at least two years.

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