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Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College/ Cotiga Fellows/2008-2009 Projects

The mission of the 2009 Fellows was to "Reduce drug use by encouraging higher education." They hosted eighty 8th graders on the Williamson Campus on April 24. The Fellows partnered with the Williamson Fire Department and Williamson Memorial Hospital. These two organizations provided fun, engaging activities for the students. Davie Jones, Baltimore Ravens, met with the students and talked about his personal experiences with friends and family who used drugs and autographed footballs. The students broke into nine teams, lead by Fellow Kimberly Irick, producing TV commercials about the dangers of drug use in Southern's TV station. The winning team received t-shirts designed by Kimberly. They also each received a dvd of their commercials. The Fellows solicited six savings bonds from local banks to give away as door prizes.

The 2008 Cotiga Fellows mission statement was to "Introduce Mingo County third graders to the diversity of leaders throughout West Virginia's history." The Fellows partnered with APPALREAD, the Mingo BOE, and SGA. The third graders spent a day on the Williamson Campus engaged in fun, hands-on activities. The children were introduced to Booker T. Washington, Anne Bailey, Sid Hatfield, Homer Hickam, and John Henry. The children built rockets, crawled through a coal mine, visited the Big Bend Railroad bridge, and learned about slavery and the indian wars. The Fellows had over 50 volunteers helping with the event, raised all funds in support of the effort (several thousand dollars) and coordinated the day from beginning to end.

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