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MLK awards and events approaching

There are plenty of ways to celebrate the MLK Holiday during a Day of Service. Here are some of the ways to give back to your community on Jan. 19.

Path Project – prepare teaching materials

Little Free Libraries - Refurbish

Teen Event Planning – planning for event to educate teens about risky behaviors

Hard Labor Creek Trails- Trail building

Oxford College Organic Garden – prepare garden

Horsetime – Trail building

Fairview Elementary Book Project – label books

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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance Committee of Newton County Georgia presents solicitation for the nomination of 2015 awards.

The committee will be hosting a series of events for Martin Luther King Day. The community will recognize Newton county citizens through different levels of criteria in order to be nominated for a community service award.

The awards include: I Have a Dream Award nominees must: Have two years of service to the Newton County Committee, Be a registered voter, Be affiliated with church, Have non- profit and visible contributions, Be Non-discriminatory, Models a spirit of peace, Supports change, Have a humble spirit, Be steadfast in convictions, and Foster and support education on all levels.

Trailblazer Award nominees must: Be a long time citizen of Newton County, Be a registered voter, be a creator of change in the community and follow through to implementation, be a benefit to the community, be resourceful and committed to all aspects of the county, and Have a spirit of peace, unity, diversity, and love.

Young Dreamer Award nominees must: Be a citizen of Newton County, Be enrolled in one of the public schools in Newton County, be in grades K-5 or 6-12, and demonstrates an interest in fostering peace, unity, diversity and love amongst peers.

Along with several awards that will be given, the committee will also be hosting community service events.

The 2015 County Annual Ecumenical Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 at Newton High School Auditorium located at1 Ram Way, Covington, GA 30014. The keynote speaker will be Ronny Brannen, pastor, prospect church, Covington, Georgia, and the 2014 recipient of the Newton County, “I have a dream award.” This year’s program will also feature artistic performances from county youth musical selections the interdenominational choir, presentations of the, “I Have a Dream Award,” the “Trailblazer Award,” and the “Young Dreamer Award.” As this event is funded by the community, we welcome your financial contributions for this event. Please mail all donations to MLK Ecumenical Service, c/o Mrs. Josephine Brown, P.O. Box 185, Covington, GA 30015.

The 2015 Hands on Newton Community Service Event, which has a theme of “A day on, not a day off,” Hands on Newton is coordinating a service project cleaning up the historic slave cemetery on the Gaither Plantation located in Newton County. Contact Mollie Melvin of Hands on Newton at 770-330-7405 or mail

The NewRock legal society is spearheading an educational “Know Your Rights Forum” for citizens. This forum will educate attendees on several rights and process of the legal system. It will take place on Monday, Jan. 19th from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Church of Covington located at 11975 Georgia High Way 142 Oxford, GA 30054.

The 2015 Oxford College Campus Celebration hosts its annual MLK commemorative service on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Old Church, 1011 Wesley Street, Oxford, GA 30054. The keynote speaker will be Georgia State Representative Stacey Abrams, House Minority Leader in the Georgia State Legislature.

The 2015 Youth Leadership Workshop is the 4th annual MLK youth leadership seminar coordinated and facilitated by past recipient of the Oxford College, Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarship and Oxford College of Emory University on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.

These events and awards are annual and life changing! You wouldn’t want to miss it! For more information please contact: