Living Democracy

Living Democracy 2017

September 21, 2017
Apply Now to Participate in 2018 Summer
Apply Now to Participate in 2018 Summer

The Living Democracy program provides a unique living-learning experience for selected Auburn University students in the summer of 2018. Students are paired with a participating Alabama community for a ten-week experience in civic engagement and community development.

By Rachel Naftel
July 31, 2017
Thomaston became student's family over summer
Thomaston became student's family over summer

The town of Thomaston’s slogan on the sign at the city hall reads: “Where a small town is like a family.” During my time here, I have found this to be true. When I first visited Thomaston last spring, I was surprised by how welcomed I was. I learned quickly that the people of Thomaston have a deep love for Thomaston and love to talk about their home.

By Magnolia Wilson
July 31, 2017
Adventures in West Alabama
Adventures in West Alabama

One of the many highlights of my Living Democracy summer in Thomaston are the road trips that gave me an opportunity to learn about and experience West Alabama. I grew up in Northeast Alabama and had never really visited much of this region. I loved learning about many new places in Alabama’s Black Belt.

By Magnolia Wilson
July 19, 2017
Learning about volunteer firefighters sparks adventure
Learning about volunteer firefighters sparks adventure

I never imagined that I would be behind the steering wheel of a firetruck, but I got the chance to not only ride in but drive a firetruck this summer. I also learned about the amazing work of the Thomaston Volunteer Fire Department. Sixteen volunteers give up their time to train and respond to emergencies and fires.

By Magnolia Wilson
July 17, 2017
The Bookworm Connects Communities with Books
The Bookworm Connects Communities with Books

The Marengo County Library in Linden serves the people of the city and county by providing access to books, computers and more. The library’s Bookworm program is expanding services beyond the walls of the library. This program, started in September of 2016, delivers books door-to-door to people who are elderly, handicapped, or disabled.

By Magnolia Wilson

Last Updated: May 31, 2017