AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University Community and Civic Engagement Club in the College of Liberal Arts and the Auburn Public Housing Authority will hold a public celebration featuring the recent accomplishments of several local children on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Ridgecrest Housing Community meeting room at 931 Booker Street in Auburn.
For the past several weeks, youth ages 6-12 from the Ridgecrest Community have worked with Auburn University students through “Be You: A Citizen Photography Project” to express themselves through photography, drawing and creative writing.
Students participating in the program discussed what makes each of them unique and the qualities of a good leader, and were asked to delve deeper into issues and problems they care about through photography projects.
“From bullying to school hours, to block parties, the children were really getting at the heart of many community issues,” said Community and Civic Engagement Club President Mary Afton Day.
The Nov. 12 celebration will include participants’ testimonies, a brief video and a presentation of certificates to the students. Refreshments will be served.
“The goal of the program was to allow local children to develop basic leadership skills and to instill pride in their community,” Day said. “We have been honored to work with such talented and fun young people.”
Day coordinated the program as her capstone project under the guidance of Charlotte Mattox, family self-sufficiency coordinator for Auburn Public Housing.