GEORGIA TECH-SAVANNAH AWARDED BOOST GRANT FROM GA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO EXPAND CEISMC STEAM LABS TO RURAL GEORGIA

GEORGIA TECH-SAVANNAH AWARDED BOOST GRANT FROM GA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO EXPAND CEISMC STEAM LABS TO RURAL GEORGIA

SAVANNAH, GA – December 6, 2021 – The Center for Education Integrating Science Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC) has been awarded just under $1 million in funding by the Georgia Department of Education through their BOOST Grant Program. This grant will be allocated over three years and will specifically enable Georgia Tech-Savannah to extend access to their Saturday STEM/STEAMlabs and summer programs to rural Georgia communities and students who qualify for free/reduced lunch. The funding will help K-12 students overcome barriers to participation including registration cost, food, and transportation. Georgia Tech-Savannah campus offers high-quality and uniquely themed programs for K-12 students that are designed to inspire and enrich curiosity and enthusiasm for science, mathematics, engineering, art, and technology. Students can have fun while learning through experiments, hands-on activities, creative projects, and more.

The BOOST grant was applied for by Sirocus Barnes, CEISMC Student Programs Director at the Georgia Tech-Atlanta campus and Timothy Cone, CEISMC Program Director at the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus.  Around 25% of the funding will be allocated to the Savannah campus each year to enable rural students from counties such as Bryan, Effingham, Liberty, and Evans to participate in summer and Saturday programs. Students from throughout coastal Georgia who qualify for free/reduced lunch can also apply to participate. BOOST grants are allocated over three-years and renewed annually, to support community-based organizations that operate comprehensive out-of-school time (OST) programming year-round, over the summer months, or after school during the academic year. The goal is to provide evidence-based afterschool and summer enrichment programs that target learning acceleration and support whole child development. This grant is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education through Georgia’s American Rescue Plan education allocation and administered in partnership with the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network.

“We are very excited to have been awarded this grant and bring in students who otherwise may not have had the opportunity to attend. Our programs are designed for students in 3rd-12th grade who are interested in discovering more about science, technology, engineering, and math through our applied and project-based learning. We hope to spark new interest and creativity within every student and look forward to expanding our impact,” said Timothy Cone, CEISMC Program Director at the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus.

Programs take place at the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus, 210 Technology Circle Savannah, Georgia 31407. Campus adheres to all COVID-19 policies and procedures in accordance with safety guidelines from local, state, and federal health officials.

For more information about CEISMC and these programs, please visit https://www.ceismc.gatech.edu/savannah/.

For more information on the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus, please visit https://pe.gatech.edu/savannah.

ABOUT GEORGIA TECH SAVANNAH:

Georgia Tech-Savannah provides educational experiences for learners of all ages. Our multitude of learning platforms are tailored to meet the needs of a diverse population, from working professionals pursuing career development and those seeking specific certifications to children eager to explore and discover. Georgia Tech-Savannah’s professional education, training and military programs encourages participants to challenge themselves and meet goals by sharpening existing skills and picking up valuable new ones. We’re proud to bring cutting-edge technology, applied research capabilities and innovation to the Coastal Empire, where our campus also serves as a home for various Georgia Tech affiliates, institutes, and centers. To learn more, visit us at pe.gatech.edu/savannah.

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SPIRIT OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH INVITES THE COMMUNITY TO HOLIDAY WORSHIP SERVICES

SPIRIT OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH INVITES THE COMMUNITY TO HOLIDAY WORSHIP SERVICES

RICHMOND HILL, GA – December 6, 2021 – Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church would like to celebrate the season of Christmas with the community by inviting them to their midweek Advent events at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8 and 15, as well as their Christmas Eve service on December 24 at 7 p.m.

Spirit of Peace’s Advent services will combine their traditional Advent worship service with their Bible study group, “Faith Builders,” which includes a free dinner followed by a delightful music worship service called Holden Evening Prayer. The homilies will focus on how God’s prophets can help everyone get ready for Christmas. The Christmas Eve service involves guests singing their favorite Christmas carols, sharing Communion, and will conclude by singing Silent Night in candlelight.

“The advent season is put in place to remind everyone of the true meaning of the holidays. We aim to make our worship time feel bonded, like we are one community, and we invite people – Lutheran or not – to join us in praise,” Pastor Devin Strong said. “Our church relishes the Christmas spirit, so our advent and Christmas Eve services full of joy and song is not to be missed!”

The community is welcome to attend all services but should contact the church administrator at tara@spiritofpeacelutheran.org to reserve a space and learn about the required safety protocols.

For more information on Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church, please visit www.spiritofpeacelutheran.org.

Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church’s mission is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through ministry, promoting a lifestyle of worship and loving service through word and prayer so that all of God’s children will know Christ’s transforming joy.

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TRUCK ACCESSORIES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

TRUCK ACCESSORIES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

IT’S THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND THAT MEANS TRADITIONS, LOVED ONES, AND GIFTS!

Having trouble with your shopping list? We’ve got the perfect gifts for the truck lover in your life! 

So check off the people on your list with the following ideas:


1

Spray-On Bedliner

A LINE-X spray-on bedliner might be the best thing someone can do to protect their truck bed. A LINE-X bedliner creates a permanent bond to give your truck impact and abrasion protection without cracking, bubbling, or peeling. Our bedliners dampen sound and absorb impact. Plus, they are completely customizable and come with a lifetime warranty. 

LINE-X BEDLINERS


2

WeatherTech Floor Liners

These floor mats are designed to offer the best possible protection for your vehicle’s floor. All Weather Floor Mats have deeply sculpted channels made to trap water, road salt, mud, sand, and anything else you track into your truck. Plus, these mats are made to withstand the coldest temperatures while remaining flexible.

ALL WEATHER FLOOR MATS


3

Vent Visors

Vent visors protect you and your truck from wet weather. They deflect rain, snow, and hail away from the window. With vent visors, you can keep your windows down in any weather and stay dry. 

INTERIOR ACCESSORIES


4

Cup Phones

A cup phone is a great gift. It’s fun, convenient, and increases safety. Cup phones fit securely in a cupholder and conveniently hold your cell phone. You can keep your hands on the wheel, eyes on the road, and never miss a beat.

INTERIOR ACCESSORIES


5

CAMLocker Toolbox

CAMLocker’s toolboxes are full of style, security, and dependability. With over 30 years of experience manufacturing toolboxes, CAMLocker has become an industry leader and a highly trusted name in toolboxes. CAMLocker manufactures crossover, chest, and side mount boxes.

SHOP CAMLOCKER

 

6

B&W Tri-Ball Hitch

With a tri-ball hitch, you can easily switch between balls for towing various weights and sizes. B&W hitches are of the highest quality and powder coated for durability. 

SHOP B&W HITCHES



BUT MAYBE YOU AREN’T QUITE SURE EXACTLY WHAT AFTERMARKET ACCESSORY IS RIGHT FOR YOUR LOVED ONE. DON’T WORRY, A GIFT CERTIFICATE IS THE SOLUTION.

With a gift certificate, they’ll be allowed to choose anything they want.

Some of our favorite choices include:

 

1

Bed Covers

Protecting your truck bed and everything inside is essential. At LINE-X of Savannah, we carry hard and soft covers, trifold and rolling, and customizable fiberglass tops. 

TRUCK GEAR AT LINE-X

 

2

Tires & Wheels

Touring. Performance. All Terrain. We can help anyone find the right tires for their vehicle. And if it’s customization you’re looking for, you can beat wheels. They’ll enhance driving performance and add tons of style!

LEARN MORE ABOUT TIRES & WHEELS

 

3

Leveling or Lift Kit

Lift kits raise your truck off the ground, providing more clearance under your vehicle. When it comes to lift kits, there are several options to choose from and we can help anyone select the best option.

LIFT KITS AT LINE-X

4

DECKED System

DECKED is the ultimate in customizable storage solutions. If you’ve got a truck, the last thing you want is chaos in the truck bed. DECKED systems easily organize your truck bed and ensure the safety of your bed and accessories. A DECKED system is secure, weatherproof, and easy to customize to fit your truck bed. 

SHOP DECKED

5

Bed Slides

There is no better way to access everything you store in your truck bed than a BEDSLIDE. Just grab the handle and pull. You’ll instantly have the contents of your truck bed at your fingertips. It doesn’t get any easier. Plus, BEDSLIDEs are weather resistant and have a lifetime warranty.

SHOP BEDSLIDE

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And so much more!

Whatever your truck lover wants, we’ve got. With a gift certificate for LINE-X of Savannah, they can check off everything on their wish list!

PURCHASE VIA EMAIL, PHONE, OR IN STORE

NAVIGATION SITUATION

Like most people, I have my strengths and weaknesses.  Regrettably, a good sense of direction is not something I am blessed with.  I was reminded of this the other day when my voice activated GPS refused to understand my English accent, so I had to park the car and enter the address I wanted manually.   I could write an entire column on my own personal challenges with standardized American Voice Recognition Technology here in the US.  I have actually had to resort to handing the phone to my husband or another nearby American accent to get an automated telephone operator to understand what I want!  Now that I think about it, sometimes I have a similar situation at say a fast food drive up window where a human Georgian is having similar troubles understanding me.

Anyway, back to my poor sense of direction. As I was born in the late 1960s, I am very much of the generation that was taught and then relied heavily on map reading as a skill. I remember in the early days of my career asking for directions to be faxed to me so I could carefully follow them when heading to a meeting or conference.  In fact, I had a glove box stuffed full of these faxes as handy reference material on how to get to my client’s offices.  I also had a substantial size collection of maps, especially the famous ‘London A to Z’ (pronounced ‘zed’ not ‘zee’) which showed every one of the thousands of tiny streets and alleys across London, my then- home city of almost 10 million people! 

Of course, the invention and utilization of the Global Positioning System (GPS) has changed the world completely.  Did you know that the Global Positioning System was invented by the U.S. Department of Defense (D.O.D) and the brilliant physicist and electronics engineer Ivan Getting?  Getting was the NYC-born son of Slovak immigrant parents who showed a real talent for science and engineering at an early age.  While serving as the vice president of research and engineering at the Raytheon Corporation during the 1950s, he advanced the concept of using an advanced system of satellites to allow the calculation of exquisitely precise positioning data for rapidly moving vehicles, ranging from cars to missiles. 

Originally called Navstar, today the GPS is a satellite-based system owned by the United States government and operated by the United States Space Force. It provides geolocation and time information to GPS receivers anywhere on Earth provided that the receiver has an unobstructed line of sight to at least four of its satellites. The GPS does not require the receiving device to transmit any data, and it operates independently of the internet. 

Although the United States government maintains and controls the system, it is currently freely available to anyone with a GPS receiver.  However, the US government has at times only provided what they call “selective availability”, such as during a war when they have denied access to one or the other sides.  This has led to other countries developing their own similar technologies, and today Russian has their Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS), China has it’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, India has NavIC, Japan has QZSS, and the European Union has Galileo.

Back in the UK and Europe, we usually refer in general terms to our Galileo system as ‘satellite navigation’ or simply ‘SAT-NAV’.  This system is under civilian control, and since Brexit the UK’s participation in the program has become far too complicated to cover in this modest column.

So today every smart phone and modern car comes equipped with the amazing function of a voice directing you to your destination of choice.  But is our reliance on this technology (and others) contributing to the dumbing down of society? Have we been lulled into a false sense of security by the reassuring voice of our GPS telling us when to turn right or left, without enough consideration of what is actually around us?  An online search shows funny and tragic real life examples of how people depended so thoroughly on this technology that observation and common sense get thrown out of the window.  A funny one example involves a busload of schoolkids in the UK who wanted to visit Buckingham Palace for the day, but satnav was asked to take them to Buckingham Place, which was a tiny apartment building in a bad neighborhood! The more tragic tales generally involve drivers paying more attention to their GPS than the real road conditions around them and driving into other traffic, or off the end of closed bridges, and the like.  Rangers at Death Valley National Park in California see problems resulting from a lack of awareness of real-world conditions so often that they have a name for it: “Death by GPS”. 

There is a lot more information from the Smithsonian Institute at www.timeandnavigation.si.edu and also at www.bbc.co.uk

I say goodbye this week with a quote from Swedish author Fredrik Backman, which for some reason amuses my husband!  “Your grandma always had a terrible sense of direction. She could get lost on an escalator.”

God Bless America!

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Lesley grew up in London, England and made Georgia her home in 2009.  She can be contacted at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com  or via her PR and marketing agency at www.lesleyfrancispr.com

SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY HOSTS NEW DINNER THEATER SHOW– THURSDAY, DEC. 9

SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY HOSTS NEW DINNER THEATER SHOW– THURSDAY, DEC. 9

SAVANNAH, GA. – December 1, 2021 – Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) is slated to host the “SCA’s Class Act Gala”, a new dinner theatre show, that will feature performing arts pieces from SCA’s high school students. SCA parents and the wider community are invited to join SCA for an evening of entertainment on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. in the school gymnasium, located at 705 E Anderson St., Savannah GA 31401.

During this event, students from SCA’s Theatre Arts and Acting Department will present monologues, duologues, skits, music, and a featured One Act production of “The Bridge.” This one act play, written by Ford Ainsworth, is based on the popular children’s book, “Three Billy Goats Gruff,” and highlights the moral decay in today’s society. All acts will be intertwined with a delicious three course meal including appetizer, salad, steak entree, dessert, water, and beverage prepared by the chefs of the Daniel Reed Hospitality Restaurant Group. This is a ticketed event limited to 75 guests. Tickets are priced at $35 each and can be purchased by visiting this link: https://bit.ly/SCAClassActGala.

“We are so proud of the SCA students for all of their hard work and dedication as we worked to create a unique experience for their families,” said SCA CEO, Barry Lollis. “Our faculty is committed to providing avenues for creativity for programs that students are excited about. We are happy to invite our SCA families and the community to come out and enjoy the dinner theater and support our students!”

It is the philosophy of Savannah Classical Academy that all students benefit from a rigorous, content-rich educational program that develops academic potential and personal character. The school provides an environment that fosters academic excellence through the habits of thoroughness, the willingness to work, and the perseverance to complete complex tasks. Through a defined traditional, Classical-Liberal curriculum, students are prepared to become active, responsible members of their community. 

For more information about SCA’s Class Act Gala or to purchase tickets for the show, please visit http://www.savannahclassicalacademy.org/.

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