Hartselle Civitan Essay

Junior Civitan is the youth program of Civitan International, with clubs across North America and beyond. Junior Civitans are motivated, inspired, enthusiastic leaders in their schools and communities. Click here for the official Junior Civitan website.

Junior Civitan clubs are typically based at middle schools, junior high schools, and high schools and some are formed as community-based clubs. Some are also formed as community-based clubs. Junior Civitan clubs are self-governing, under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Junior Civitans elect their own club officers, district governors, and even the Junior Board of Directors.

Junior Civitans volunteer in their schools and communities, often in partnership with their sponsoring Civitan clubs. Members join together to clean up their schools, educate their peers about social issues, and volunteer with great local charities. They also take part in regular meetings, group fundraisers, and the annual Junior Civitan International Convention.

Just like Civitan, Junior Civitan has a special focus on helping people with developmental disabilities. This is most visible through the Civitan International Research Center, a world-class facility dedicated to research into illnesses such as autism, brain cancer, cerebral palsy, and other illnesses of the human brain. Junior Civitans meet each year for the annual Sno-Do and Dance-a-thon fundraisers, which benefit this crucial research.

To find out more about Junior Civitan, please visit their website here. You can also contact the Junior Civitan department here, or call 1-800-CIVITAN, extension 131.


In February, the Stephens Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution hosted its annual Awards Tea at the Decatur Country Club. The tea recognizes area students for their participation in the DAR Good Citizenship Program and the Junior ROTC Awards program.

Six Morgan County high schools participated in the DAR Citizenship Program this year. They are Jordan Michelle Eady of Austin High, John William Crawford of Brewer High, Ellen Elisabeth Davis of Decatur High, Tonya Leigh Waddell of Falkville High, Trace Don Hill of Hartselle High and Caleb Dale Martin of Priceville High.

Each participant received a DAR Good Citizen pin, certificate and wallet recognition card. Crawford was selected as the overall winner and now will compete at the state level. The American History essay contest winner is fifth-grader Jon Robert Norris of Decatur. Jon Robert placed third for the DAR Northern District of Alabama.

The students recognized in the Junior ROTC Awards program are Estefany Cabillo of Austin High, Cassidy Arnold of Decatur High and Gabrielle Paige of Lawrence County High.

Seuss stories

Theodor Geisel wrote his first children’s book, “And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street” in 1936. It was rejected for publication 27 times. He continued trying until it was published by a friend he ran into by chance on the street one day. Geisel’s publisher sent him a list of 400 words that children needed to learn and asked him to write an entertaining children’s book. Nine months later, Geisel’s “The Cat in the Hat” brought him instant success. Under the pen name of Dr. Seuss, he went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and three Academy Awards.

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