Decorated Door Contest at 21st Century Community Learning Center

Original article published by The Cochran Journal. Article and photos by Tanya Kirkpatrick.

Four classrooms. Four doors. Four judges. One pizza feast donated by Pizza Hut awaiting delivery to whichever classroom was declared the winner in the 21st Century Community Learning Center Door Decorating Contest held Wednesday, December 12, 2012.

Each of the doors had a Christmas theme – strings of lights, garlands, snowmen – but all four judges agreed that the Fourth Grade classroom’s door was a step above the others in terms of creativity, originality execution and neatness.

The stockings hung on the paper “mantle” were colored by the students and both the wreath and the flames of the fire in the fireplace were actually cut-outs of the students’ hands on construction paper. “Framed” pictures of the students and brightly colored candles placed on the mantles capped off the illusion if a cozy holiday fireplace.

Second Place was awarded to the snowman themed door. Third Place went to the door decorated with lettered pennants and Christmas ornaments, and Honorable Mention was given to the final door, which was adorned with a single string of “lights”, each bearing a student’s name.

It was obvious that everyone worked hard on their door to best represent the spirit of Christmas and The Cochran Journal was honored to be one of the judges in the competition.

The winning door

The winning door




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.


21st CCLC Awards Day

The 21st CCLC held its 2008-2009 Awards Day on Wednesday May 20th at 4:00. We had 15 parents and 56 students that attended this event. Following the presentation parents joined the students and staff for refreshments.

The following awards were presented:

Most Improved Students on CRCT were awarded bicycles which were donated by Mathis Funeral Home and Badcock Home Furnishing:

Dakota Odom
Carlie Fulford
Highest Attendence- Jessica Tripp and Ronesha Barnes

Most Respectful –

Middle School, Quentavius Smith
5th Grade, Courtney Taylor
4th Grade, Dianna Blackshear
3rd Grade, Rebecca Collins
Best Sportmanship

Middle School, Tereco Owens
5th Grade, Juan Espinosa
4th Grade,Anthony Whitfield
3rd Grade, Austin Long
Most Kind

Middle School, Jessica Tripp
5th Grade, Nate Horton
4th Grade, Charity Beck
3rd Grade, Jalon Jenkins
Most Helpful

Middle School, Charlie Wilson
5th Grade, Abby Turner
4th Grade, Daisha Beal
3rd Grade, Tyche Veal
A special thank you to the teachers and tutors for all you have done to make this a successful event.