Fourteen Mobile County Public Schools are among 200 across the state that have been recognized as Bicentennial Schools.
As Alabama prepares for its 200th birthday next year, Gov. Kay Ivey recognized schools where students and educators are finding creative ways to help recognize and celebrate the bicentennial. Alabama became the 22nd state in December 1819.
Bicentennial School nominees each submitted a proposal for a project celebrating the bicentennial and the 200 schools selected received $2,000 each toward their projects.
The 14 MCPSS schools honored as Bicentennial Schools are: Anna Booth, Calcedeaver, Dodge, Leinkauf, McDavid-Jones and Old Shell Road elementary schools; Alba, Calloway-Smith, Causey, Clark-Shaw, Dunbar and Phillips Prep middle schools; and Murphy and Davidson high schools.
A few examples of the projects being undertaken at these schools:
- Students at Anna Booth, Causey and Clark-Shaw will compile oral histories from members of the community.
- Dodge Elementary plans to restore and add to the historic and environmental learning centers around campus.
- Eighth-graders at Phillips Prep will participate in a project called Honoring Jewish Communities Destroyed in the Holocaust, as well as volunteering at the Child Advocacy Center.
- Students at Calloway-Smith will help residents at Sea Breeze Health Care Center learn to use cell phones and laptops, while learning about how people communicated before these devices were available.
- Alba Middle plans to resurface its track, which is used not only by students but the entire Bayou La Batre community.
- Murphy High plans to convert its dance room into a “Black Box Theater.”
- Calcedeaver Elementary plans to construct informational signage on the Native American exhibits on its campus, which will allow the community to self-tour.
- With the help of its National Honor Society and a student who is completing his Eagle Scout project, Davidson High plans to improve the landscaping and drainage in the area between its cafeteria and band room.
- Old Shell Road will partner with a local senior center for a service project entitled “Arts Across the Generations: What’s Old is New Again.”
“This project is important for our school and community because it gives our students a way to learn the history of Alabama by preserving it,” Clark-Shaw social studies teacher Miranda Manley said of her school’s living history project. “Our students will become active learners and designers as they preserve history for future generations.”
Alba Middle Principal Rhonda Mayfield, whose school recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, added: “Being recognized as a Bicentennial School validated our school’s commitment to being the cornerstone to this community for over 100 years.”