Living Democracy

Living Democracy 2017

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
Thank you, Elba!
Thank you, Elba!

The saying “time flies when you’re having fun” describes my summer in Elba as a Living Democracy student perfectly.  It seems like just yesterday I was moving into the Chapman home and attending my first event here, sixth grade graduation. Since then, I have met people and experienced things that I never could have imagined.

By Emily Vick
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 18, 2017
Take a book, leave a book
Take a book, leave a book

The Elba community now has three locations to swap books. Books for all ages can be found in the Book Swap boxes at Tiger Town Park, Marrow Village and Kendrick Apartments. Simply take a book and leave a book. Laurie Chapman, executive director of Restoration154, worked with me to bring the book swap idea to Elba this summer.

By Emily Vick

Last Updated: May 31, 2017