While expansion of the school year has never been considered for the traditional Christmas vacation, a local organization took advantage of the time off to provide an educational opportunity.
Fifteen participants with Project YELL (Youth and Elderly Living and Learning) journeyed to Memphis, Tenn., to tour the National Civil Rights Museum.
The tour of the museum culminated a years’ work of interviewing elderly citizens in the Tibbee and Clay County area on topics such as civil rights, teen pregnancy, violence and drug abuse to produce a 32-minute documentary, funded by The United Methodist Conference Division on Ministries with Young People of the General Board of Discipleship.
In addition to the museum tour, students visited the hotel room of the site of the assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Students participating in the trip included Cairee and Collin Nolden, Amber Jones, Timbree Watt, Jaliayah Smith, Sumaiya Young, Lang Darby and Camron Gibson.
The trip was chaperoned by Director of Project YELL, Elmarie Carr Brooks, Coordinator; Shari Brooks, Connie Smith, Cathleen Darby and Shelera Brooks
Other participants in the project were videographer Maurice Johnson, Karen Ervin, Sharon Ervin and pastor Pastor, Rev. Marty Boyd.
For additional information about Project YELL, call 769-1095.