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November 26, 2013

Mayor’s Commission to mold students into leaders



This year’s commission students include Bridges, along with William Asapansa-Dennis, Quatavius Brisco, Amari Dean, Deandre Dennis, Terri Edwards, Christopher Johnson, Faith Peeler, Antonio Roberson, Dejanaye Scott, Angel Simmons, Kamia Solomon, Jallon Tipton, Melissa Williams, Shakila Williams and De’Asia Wilson.

“We know these children are going to be the ones that look over us when we get older. I want to give a shout-out to the mayor for being wholeheartedly involved in the program and to Georgia College for being a major contributor to making this program happen as well,” said Bridges’ mother, Barbara Bundrage. “I look forward to [Bridges] to continue her growth, maturity and understanding of what it means to give back and not always receive. I would like to see the program grow and become infectious.”

This year, students who show 100 percent participation and commitment in the Mayor’s Commission will be eligible to receive at $150 to $200 scholarship.

Students will meet Cleveland once a week after school to work on their visionary project topic — the importance of education. 

A field trip to the state capital is in the planning stages to allow students to meet state-level governmental officials and see first-hand the inner-workings of government.

Baldwin High senior and 2011 Mayor’s Commission alumnus Christen Moon said her experience in the program was “nothing short of amazing.”

“The most enjoyable parts of the program were the trips we went on. I got the chance to participate in my first mock trial and see how things are done at the Supreme Court. I got to meet the senator and learn how laws are made,” said Moon, who plans to major in nursing at Kennesaw State University. “What I took out of the program is that even the smallest thing you do in the community can make a huge difference in numerous ways. I hope this class will gain a sense of public service.”

Students will continue to meet once a month at City Hall to hear and discuss issues that affect youth with the mayor and local speakers.

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