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Rockdale Leadership Legacy Project to leave mark on Rockdale Head Start
Inaugural project brings outdoor classrooms, community garden to Partnership for Community Action
Leadership Rockdale

The Leadership Rockdale Class of 2015 aims to create a lasting community legacy with the first-of-its-kind Leadership Legacy Project on April 18 at the Rockdale Head Start facility, drawing on help from the Class of 2015 and the public.

The Legacy Project offers Leadership Rockdale classes the opportunity to leave a mark on the community through the identification of long-term sustainable projects in Conyers-Rockdale. This year, the Class of 2015 selected the Partnership for Community Action (Rockdale Head Start) as the project recipient. The Leadership Rockdale class will plant a learning botanical garden, design an outdoor classroom and beautify the grounds at Rockdale Head Start.

"As a class, we could not be happier to work with such a deserving organization as Rockdale Head Start. The project spotlights the importance of students learning new skills such as healthy eating, nutrition and trying new foods, and will have a sustainable impact on the children's lives long after they graduate from Head Start," Legacy Project Chair Jason Korzan added.

The garden will increase students' knowledge and skills in growing vegetables from seeds; help students make the connection between the foods they grow and their choices in family-style dining meals; and instill in them a greater appreciation for gardening. In addition, produce grown in the garden will be available to families in the area.

"The Rockdale Head Start Center looks forward to planting flowers, fruits, and vegetables, and extends its appreciation and gratitude to Leadership Rockdale for making this project a reality," said Rockdale Head Start Executive Director Morgan Birch.

"We encourage the community to support this important endeavor in providing the students of Rockdale Head Start a memorable avenue for learning healthy eating habits and environmental education on their school's grounds. With financial support from the community, we look forward to creating a lasting legacy for the young children of Rockdale County," Legacy Project Supply and Fundraising Chairs Caroline St. John and Katy King said.

Leadership Rockdale is asking the community for support with the project through donations on its GoFundMe page: All donations are tax deductible and the deadline to donate is April 10.

"We are very proud of the direction the class is taking with the inaugural Leadership Legacy initiative. The class is set to create a sustainable outdoor learning environment that will have a tremendous impact on the children and families that Head Start serves. I am personally thrilled with the selection of this site as early learning programs are near and dear to my heart," Leadership Rockdale Co-Chair Claire Cline said.

The Leadership Rockdale program is operated by the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and is a semester-long series of intensive seminars and classes for local leaders on Rockdale and Conyers resources and institutions. For more, go to