Building Bridges in Macon County: May 3 and 4

Macon County high school juniors and seniors, many of whom are fulfilling requirements for Bridge Builders Alabama, meet every other Tuesday night at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church on Highway 81 between Notasulga and Tuskegee.  Auburn University undergraduates work alongside them, as they develop skills related to life, work, and college.  The program is funded in part by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

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Rain put quite a damper on the George Washington Carver Festival in Tuskegee on Saturday.  And we were so prepared to do Carver-related activities, including potato stamps, weavings, and audio recordings of Carver’s favorite poem “Equipment.” But it rained and rained and rained. Clifford Hawkins of the Alabama Forestry Commission even braved the weather to be with us and festival attendees.

Thanks to the kindness of Tiger Pause, a coffee shop on the square, we were able to hide from the rain long enough for students to make over hundred buttons using the image of the 1951 U.S. Coin featuring George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington.  This coin was the second U.S. Mint coin to feature African Americans, and it was designed by artist Isaac Scott Hathaway, who taught at Tuskegee University.

IMG_0631We headed to Tuskegee Youth Safe Haven to deliver some books donated by Bridge Builders seniors.  These books will be used to stock the “Little Free Library” that will be installed at Safe Haven soon.  Located in the Ridgewood Community of Tuskegee, Safe Haven is an afterschool program that meets the needs of young people nearby.  On Friday, children of all ages helped to dig the hole for the Bartlett Pear tree donated by Blooming Colors in Auburn.  Children also helped set and adhere the bench top to its legs, and they learned how to use a level in the process.  And while the digging was going on outside, student Roberta was inside baking cookies. We just need dry weather to move to the next level on this project!

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