Students Yowseph Ziyad and Adam Ziyad presented Designing Alabama’s Civic Health awards to principal Brelinda Sullen of Notasulga High School and Rev. Rondey Thornton of Divine Inspirational Ministries on June 20, 2012.
Yowseph recently identified Mrs. Sullen as a contributor to civic health through her emphasis on character education. Rev. Thornton and his volunteers were in the midst of a civic health contribution–distributing thousands of pounds of food to residents of Macon County–when the students surprised him with the award.
The posters are students’ responses to the National Conference on Citizenship’s Civic Data Challenge, a contest to see what local groups and individuals can do with raw statistical data related to civic health. Civic health includes all of the activities and ways that citizens better their community, including involvement in groups, staying informed regarding issues, working with others to improve something, and expressing what matters most to them.
The posters are digital prints from original handmade works of art, screen-printed on new-from-old created paper, thanks to the help of Mobile Studio artist Dan Neil and AU landscape architecture professor Jocelyn Zanzot. Students crafted the messages, and they all use the county name Macon as a verb. View all of the posters here.
A number of students in Macon County are part of a mentoring program with Auburn University students through the Community and Civic Engagement Initiative in the College of Liberal Arts. The project is funded in part by the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the work these students do together revolves around workplace, college, and life readiness.