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Walker teacher receives $1,000 grant
LONG BOE certificate
Surrounded by the Long County Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Robert Waters holds a certificate of appreciation, which was presented by William Miller, on behalf of the Coastal Georgia Workforce Board. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
Bonnie Camp, a fourth-grade math and science teacher at Walker Middle School in Ludowici, was among 29 Georgia teachers to receive New Teacher Assistance Grants from Georgia Power. Collie Williams, Georgia Power’s area manager in Jesup, presented the award to Camp at the Oct. 5 board of education meeting in Ludowici.
Camp, a first-year teacher, was nominated by one of her former professors at Armstrong Atlantic State University.  
Teacher nominations were submitted to Georgia Power by the 18 Georgia public colleges and universities that have a school of education.  To be eligible for the grant, candidates had to be in the top 25 percent of their class academically, be a first-year teacher employed by a public school in Georgia and demonstrate a high aptitude for teaching.
Camp can use the $1,000 grant to purchase items such as books, educational CDs or DVDs, computers or projectors or other supplies.
“We are all proud of Mrs. Camp, and glad that she is a part of our school system,” BoE Chairwoman Florence Baggs said.
The BoE also discussed establishing a new way to provide information to the public, giving contractors an easier method for submitting work bids.
Board member Dempsey Golden brought the matter to the floor and said he thinks the board should give local businesses every opportunity to do work for the schools, as long as they provided the best price.
The board decided that Superintendent Dr. Robert Waters will start running information in the newspaper. In addition, open contract information will be available at the board office.  If local venders want information, it will be provided to them so they can enter bids for work.  
The superintendent said a new driver’s education program is available to students. According to Waters, the program is offered by Georgia Dred, Inc., and it will be held in the old pre-K building.
Waters said that the 30-hour course will include six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction.
In other business:
• Kelly Clary said the first session of the Long County Parents and Teachers Organization will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in the LCHS cafeteria.
• On behalf of the Coastal Georgia Workforce Board, William Miller presented a certificate of appreciation to the board for their support in the student summer work program.  
• LCHS Assistant Principal Scotty Hattaway said students in the Future Farmers of America club placed 10th out of 54 school systems in a recent state competition.
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