HATTIESBURG — The Longleaf
Trace, part of the Rails to Trails conservation project, held
a recognition lunch for the school winners of the 2005 Longleaf
Trace Coloring Book Contest at the Gateway at Southern Miss
on Dec. 13.
Designed to expose young people to the Longleaf Trace through
art, the contest was held for third-grade students in the Pearl
and Leaf Rivers Rails to Trails Recreational District. Winners
from each participating classroom won prizes from the Gateway,
including vouchers for bicycle rentals on the Longleaf Trace.
Bill Powe, manager of the Gateway, said, “We have really had
a great response from the schools in the area. We targeted schools
in Hattiesburg, Sumrall, Bassfield, Prentiss and Petal. Schools
that did not participate this fall will have an opportunity
to participate in the spring. I hope that with such a high participation
level, we will see an increase in usage of the Trace.”
School winners were Leticia Martinez, Hawkins Elementary; Lorhetta
Lawrence, LJ Rowan Elementary; Jamal Peters, Carver Elementary;
Abby Pendarvis, Sumrall Elementary; Nadia Rowland, Thames Elementary;
Mariah Evans, Woodley Elementary; Zaria Tillman, Rowan Elementary;
and Kaytlin Manasco, WL Smith Elementary.
“We have already received calls from schools wanting to participate
in the spring,” said Tyler Williams, assistant director for
Marketing and Public Relations of Recreational Sports at Southern
Miss. “Our goal is to make this an event that teachers and students
look forward to participating in each year.”
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is
a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling
its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering
individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition
of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating
a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural
enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern
Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus
and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast;
further information is found at www.usm.edu.
For information on the Longleaf Trace, please visit www.longleaftrace.org
or call 601.450.5247.
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