Mrs. Calla Busby, NASA Grant Manager, visited 21st CCLC for three consecutive Mondays in September. She provided interactive curriculum for middle grades students that covered force, flight and motion concepts that aligned with the regular school day activities. NASA STEM AFTERSCHOOL provided middle grades students with an exciting opportunity for 21st CCLC students to experiment with design challenges in the area of rocketry and engineering design. NASA has already impacted the students of Bleckley County Middle School and Bleckley County Elementary School. The collaborative is grant supported entirely by the Informal Education department of NASA.


Mrs. Calla Busby led creative and exciting presentations on force, flight and motion.


Students worked in small groups to build “rockets”.


Students had to use science and math skills in order to complete the rocket building activity.


Getting ready for the flight and motion activity.



Mrs. Busby teaches about flight.

NASA STEM group photo

Mrs. Calla Busby and the 21st CCLC Middle Grades class smile with their hard-earned NASA badges.



Mentors Needed at BCMS

Communities In Schools of Cochran/Bleckley County and Family Connection Community Partnership, Inc. is offering a free New Mentor Training on Friday, September 28, 2012 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Bleckley County Middle School. This is our annual kick-off for the 2012-2013 school term and we will not be able to offer group training again until next fall.

Mentoring at BCMS has been in existence since 2008 and we have volunteers that are still meeting with the same child! That speaks volumes about the program.

There is one big rule that the mentoring program dictates. YOU MUST HAVE FUN! You are not a tutor, parent or disciplinarian. You are there to be a friend to a young person. Long term friendships are built because the adult and child form a strong bond from the beginning. We take great care in matching by compatibility. We look at interests, hobbies and personalities of both the student and adult through their applications and interviews. This process has proven to be essential in the program’s success.

What will be expected of me if I decide to Mentor? Many are hesitant to become a Mentor because they think they don’t have enough time. Our program asks of one hour, one day per week for an academic school year.

Most of us waste that much time checking our emails or Facebook. Mentor, Anderson Ligon says “I am personally and professionally grateful for the opportunity to be a mentor in the mentoring program. Mentoring has provided me with guidance, patience, hope and enrichment. The more you give, the more you receive. Mentoring is definitely a Win-Win opportunity!”

Those interested in becoming a Mentor must be at least 18 years of age, complete training and a background check. If you are interested in registering for training or have questions about the program, please contact Gretchen Wilson-Tuck, CIS/FC Site Coordinator at 478-934-7270. 

You may call the main office of Communities In Schools/Family Connection at 478/934-4300 for information on any of our other initiatives including the 21st Century Community Learning Center After School program, Abstinence Education and Youth Development program or any of our Safe Schools/Healthy Students program services which include Mental Health services, Family Case Management services, Parents As Teachers program, or Wellness and Prevention programs.