Essay winners earn weekend get-away at Camp Fortson

  • By Heather Middleton

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HAMPTON — Nine Clayton County students gathered at Camp Fortson earlier this month to spend a weekend getting to know each other and becoming better acquainted with nature. Each student earned the trip when they were named the winners of the 2016 Kids Outdoor Scholarship, which required students to write a 250-word essay describing an outdoor activity they’d like to participate in.

This year’s camp was held July 15 to 17. Each essay was required to include at least one activity from the Georgia Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights. This “Bill of Rights” describes several activities kids should experience by the age of 14, such as splashing in the water, playing on a team, camping under the stars, exploring nature, learning to swim and catching a fish.

Camp Facilitator Stephanie Berens said the weekend is about getting back to nature and playing outside.

Students participated in several activities like zip lining, canoeing, sensory awareness and wilderness survival.

“The weekend is a great opportunity for kids to experience something they may never have had the chance to do,” said Amy Keeney, marketing and communications officer at Clayton County Parks and Recreation. “It’s just a great opportunity for our kids in Clayton County.”

For more information about how to participate in the 2017 essay contest or the Georgia Children’s Outdoor Bill or Rights, visit and select scholarship info.

Lake Spivey Community area residents. Please be on alert, recently a home inside of Lake Spivey Country Club, near the entrance, was Burglarized. Numerous items were stolen including guns, electronics, jewelry, and a car from the garage. The auto was later located abandoned on Walt Stephens Road. The homeowners were not home during the intrusion as they were away visiting family members out of state. There is word that the homeowner may have made it known to people in the community that they would be away during this time frame and the alleged thieves may have known about their absence from the property. Please be advised that Clayton County Police Department is investigating this incident and will pursue all leads. If you or anyone you know have any information on this incident, please call Clayton County Police Headquarters where they will gladly accept an anonymous call with information leading to the apprehension of suspects. As a precautionary, please limit the number of people knowing when you and your family will not be at home as this is a clear opportunity for would be thieves to undergo a "crime of opportunity" like this one. 

Henry County continues to see population growth and additional investment in the retail, commercial, and industrial sectors. The growth of metro Atlanta overall, coupled with expansions at Hartsfield Jackson and the Port of Savannah, will continue to drive more business to Henry County. We have close to 3.5 million square feet of spec industrial space under development, and multiple developers are looking to build high end retail, lifestyle center, and mixed use developments along I-75 in Henry County. We are also working with several of our existing industries who are planning expansions.

Our population is projected to double over the next 25 years, making us the fastest growing county in the core, 10-county metro region. Our labor draw area is over 850,000 people, offering a well-trained and well-educated workforce for all types of potential employers. The One Henry initiative is working on how to position the county in the best way to handle impending growth and to attract the right kind of companies to our community. At the Development Authority, our goal is simple: help grow jobs and investment in Henry County.

It’s important to realize that businesses don’t care about political boundaries – so when a project locates in unincorporated Henry, one of our four cities, or in a neighboring county, it means job opportunities for Henry County residents. The Development Authority will continue to work hard for all the citizens of Henry to bring more job opportunities and to expand our tax base through the attraction of new business to our community. We believe we are poised for a great year of activity in 2016.

Charlie Moseley