Category Archives: Activism

Reinhardt University Community Sends More Than 7,000 Books to Nigeria in Yearlong Effort

Reinhardt students, faculty and staff have done it again, sending much-needed educational materials to Nigeria as part of AfrikaREADS.

Books to Nigeria
John “Little John” Padgett loads pallets of books onto a truck on the donations’ first leg to Nigeria.

AfrikaREADS is an international outreach program spearheaded by Reinhardt’s African Descendants Student Association (ADSA). It began five years ago with a donation to Ondo State University in Nigeria. The program, led by the ADSA and faculty member Tunji Adesan, has grown with this year’s donation of more than 7,000 books to multiple African universities.

“The Eagle has done it again. We are flying higher,” Adesan said. “The donated books are on their way to Nigeria. Thank you so much for all your donations, support and all your help. We could not have done it without you.”

The 14 pallets of books will be donated to a public college, the University of Ilorin in Nigeria, which Adesan was able to visit in June 2016. Books also are being donated to two private universities in Nigeria – Crownhill University and Afe Babalola University.

Key donors in the effort include the University’s Hill Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center, Reinhardt football players, Missy Dayoub and the physical plant staff, and the Student Government Association.

“We also want to thank the maintenance crew for all their help in picking up the books, as well as providing a space for us to store the books. A big shout out to the Reinhardt University library for all the wonderful books and support they have offered toward this project over the years,” Adesan said.

This year’s project began earlier in the academic year, and Adesan said Pickens High School, Chattahoochee Technical College and community members were among the donors for the project.

This effort of service, like many others at Reinhardt University, is part of the institution’s overall mission to educate the whole person by developing the intellectual, personal, vocational, spiritual and physical dimensions of its students. Through the values of faith, learning and leading at Reinhardt, students are able to learn qualities that enable them to be well-rounded individuals, including volunteering for service projects outside the classroom.

Special Performance of ‘See Rock City’ Benefits Ellijay Legion Post 82

special performance of See Rock City in Ellijay

See a special performance of See Rock City live on stage at Gilmer Arts on Sunday May 21, 2017 and 1/3 of your ticket purchase will be donated to our own Ellijay Legion Post 82.

This tender portrayal of married life, set against the backdrop of World War II, shows the best of the human spirit and its ability to overcome any and all obstacles.

The second play of a trilogy, and the recipient of the MacLean Foundation’s “In the Spirit of America” Award, SEE ROCK CITY stands alone as Rock City is a dramatic comedy about a young couple, recently married, returning from their honeymoon during WWII to her parents’ home in middle TN. He has epilepsy and has been 4F from the war but is a writer and she is a school principal.

The story follows their lives as they struggle to adjust to his declining career, the war’s end, and her job loss plus other changes as society moves on after the war.

This is the second in an award-winning trilogy of Americana plays.

Get your tickets on line or at the box office.
Seating is limited. So reserve your tickets now.

$17.50 Non-Members/ $15.75 Members General Admission Seating.
207 Dalton Street
Ellijay, GA 30540


Chattahoochee Tech Students Pen Children’s Book for Charity

Students in Jennifer Staton’s World Literature class are giving back in a big way this holiday season after authoring and illustrating a children’s book for Chattahoochee Tech’s community partner Love and Grace Ministry, an Ellijay-based Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to addressing the causes of poverty and injustice in Haiti.

Seeking Scruffy
Marietta resident Sarah Stiefler, on left, and Christy Albright of Kennesaw flip through a copy of “Seeking Scruffy” during a book launch held Dec. 13 at the Mountain View Campus.

An official book launch for “Seeking Scruffy” was held on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Mountain View Campus in Marietta. The book was written, illustrated and designed as part of a service learning project. At Chattahoochee Technical College, the Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement is committed to supporting efforts to combine academic instruction with service in the community in order to assist students in pursuing educational, career, and personal goals.

“Last year, my class did a toy drive and collected about 500 toys for children in need. The problem with that, however, was that the nonprofit had to pay to send the toys to Haiti,” Staton said. “We had to figure out another way to help the organization, so, after brainstorming, we came up with a tangible idea for the nonprofit. What better way to learn about World Literature than to write a book?”

Staton’s class began to research the Haitian culture and determined that the book needed to be geared toward children. Student Sarah Stiefler of Marietta said the creative group bounced ideas off of one another and came up with “Seeking Scruffy.” The self-published book tells the story of a dog that gets separated from his owner, and, while trying to find him again, learns a valuable lesson about compassion, generosity and love.

“The organization asked for the book to follow Christian morals. Our creative group found a biblical verse that crossed all religions – it says that no matter where people go, God is there helping,” Staton said. “That’s the storyline of the book. No matter where Scruffy goes, he learns that his owner still loves him.”

Stiefler said she enjoyed watching the book come together, as it is written in both English and Haitian Creole.

“It was very interesting to see how we blended everyone’s ideas. We are all of different ages so it was neat to see the diversity in our thoughts,” she said. “Through this process, I’ve learned to sit back and listen to everyone. As an older person in the group, it was easy to direct, but once I sat back and listened, I learned a lot more.”

The book, which was illustrated by CTC student Soon Han of Marietta, is available at For every book purchased, a copy will be donated to a Haitian child.