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Posted: March 1, 2014 10:00 p.m.

GPC Daffodil Festival to focus on community

The annual Daffodil Festival will focus on defining the community — from its physical surroundings and history, to those who contribute to its growth and success — March 5-6 at Georgia Perimeter College’s Newton Campus.

This year’s festival will honor the late Pierce Cline with a special garden dedication Wednesday, March 5. Cline, who died in November 2012, championed the college’s site and its growth in Newton County.

"Newton Campus would not exist today without the help of Pierce Cline," said Jeff Tarnowski, GPC vice president of institutional advancement. "He knew the college would provide educational opportunities for the area’s young people and jobs for residents."

Those opportunities will be highlighted during the festival via talks by community representatives from Triple Horse Studios, a major Covington film studio, and Baxter International, which is building a plant near Covington. In addition, a new student scholarship will be announced during the festival.

The Daffodil Festival is an annual spring celebration.

"This festival is unique to our campus, as it sits in a rural location on land that has a rich history," said GPC English instructor Amanda Boone, Daffodil Festival committee chair. "The daffodils that bloom on campus were planted in the late 19th century and are admired still today. Students and visitors have the opportunity to visit the original daffodil fields via the campus’ trail."

Dr. Sallie Paschal, GPC math instructor, will give a tour of the daffodil fields.

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