Performance: Larry Long (right) leads PACERS conference attendees in song with the help of Edward Bell students April 20. | Jessica Hargett

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EBHS hosts Pacers conference

Published 9:46pm Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Edward Bell High School and The Camp Hill PACERS Chapter hosted the PACERS Annual Conference Wednesday, April 20 as an opportunity to celebrate all of the good things that have happened in the past year.

PACERS is “a non-profit association committed to sustaining and celebrating Alabama’s rural communities and schools and linking them together to build the good futures they seek. As a statewide caucus and advocate for rural communities, it organizes and supports comprehensive rural education and community development programs of national quality.”

The conference included workshops and reports on the various projects and on the work of local PACERS chapters, including Aquaculture, science and environmental principals, and community documentation through arts and science, which allows students to learn communication, computer, public relations and business skills through learning how to create a community newspaper.

“The conference was great,” said principal Glenda Menniefee. “It was very informative. We had a lot of hands-on activities ranging from newspaper to solar energy, agriculture, gardening and green house. We just had a great day.”

During the conference, Larry Long led Edward Bell alumni and students in singing “Camp Hill” songs written during his residency at Edward Bell.

He was also presented the Directors’ Award by Jack Shelton, executive director of PACERS.

Along with his award, students from schools across the state were given awards in Aquaculture and the Community Newspaper Project.

Following are the communities and schools who participated: Pintlala Elementary School. Pintlala, Loachapoka Elementary School, Loachapoka, Section High School, Section, Florala High School, Florala, Harlan Elementary School, Lockhart, Flomaton High School, Flomaton, Steele High School, Steele, Beatrice Elementary School, Beatrice, Monroe Technical School, Packer’s Be