Living Democracy brings together students and citizens to collaborate on issues of concern to Alabama communities. Coordinated by the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, the project prepares undergraduate college students for civic life through living-learning experiences in the summer.  

May 25, 2016
Grant application experience provides valuable lesson
Grant application experience provides valuable lesson

In order to raise funds for the Elba Theatre, Restoration 154 is applying for a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts whose mission is to "enhance the quality of life and economic vitality for all Alabamians by providing support for the state’s diverse and rich artistic resources."

By Randy Whitten
May 25, 2016
Senior Center more vibrant than ever
Senior Center more vibrant than ever

Welcome to Linden’s Senior Center.  The Center, funded by grants, provides hot meals and more for those who visit.  The Center staff will also carry meals out to those who can’t be at lunch.  This wasn’t originally planned to be a senior center.  This building once served the community as the school lunchroom for the elementary, junior and high school.

By Hamilton Wasnick
May 25, 2016
Attending first city council meeting informs, inspires
Attending first city council meeting informs, inspires

On Monday, May 16, I attended my first city council meeting. The meeting demonstrated local politics in action. I attended the meeting in the Collinsville Town Hall with library director Jennifer Wilkins. The lobby area was decorated with the American flag, Alabama state seal and the Alabama flag. The meeting began promptly at 6 p.m. with a brief prayer, pledge and roll call. 

By Madison Chamblee
May 17, 2016
Handley High Serves Vital Role in Community
Handley High Serves Vital Role in Community

Handley High School consistently pumps out competitive and eager minds. The community rallies around high school events such as drama productions and sports. And it seems as if the school makes a great effort toward creating a greater Roanoke by producing citizens with initiative similar to that of the school’s namesake, Captain Handley.

By Weston Sims
May 16, 2016
Marengo County Commission Takes Aim at Trash Problem
Marengo County Commission Takes Aim at Trash Problem

This week I was invited to come to the County Commission meeting to gain an understanding of local politics in action. At the beginning of the meeting, the officials asked me to introduce myself and explain my Living Democracy project. I told them that my project was centered on collecting veterans’ stories. 

By Hamilton Wasnick