CJH3 helps Expand Young Minds with Mind Blowing Science

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The Drake House in Roswell, GA is one of our favorite charities – local, relevant and real. They’ve been on our radar since Charles tutored there in 2011.  Drake House provides emergency and gap housing for young moms and their kids, and provides education in real world skills to empower the women in today’s world. The children get to stay in their local school, and avoid the stigmatization of being homeless, and see their mom as a role-model working towards self-sufficiency.

When we were kids one of our first introductions to science was making a volcano, and when we saw a kit to do just that we knew it would be something Charles Harbin would approve of and enjoy.   So the volcano kit, along with a few other items on the students wish list, including the Scientific Explorer Mind Blowing Science Kit, the Human Body Science Kit and the Scientific Explorer Magic Science Set for Wizards were donated to budding scientists at Drake house.

Christy Merritt, Director of Programs at the Drake House, was grateful. “We appreciate the help,” she said.  Many of our children are behind in their learning goals but are bored with traditional homework, so these kits teach in a creative way. Thank you for thinking of us. This will be a huge benefit to our program.”

You can help us do more for children in the community when you donate to the Charles J. Harbin, III Memorial Scholarship Fund.

“Give what you have.  To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Olivia O’Fallon – Summer Before College

People never tell you how fast time passes. This summer has felt like a whirlwind of travelling, working, and getting ready for college. It has been amazing, none the less.

I went to Florida with family, adventured through the waterfalls of Asheville, North Carolina with my friends, and mission tripped to Detroit, Michigan to help demuck basements after flooding.

Each one will hold a memory in my heart, but after experiencing the overwhelming spirit of student leadership at orientation, it has become clear that I’m ready for college and the adventure it guides me to.

This summer hasn’t been all fun and no work, though. I have been working as much as possible to save up for college. The best is yet to come, and I’m excited to achieve my goals through my major in nutrition.

Olivia O’Fallon
Kennesaw State University
2016 CJH3 Memorial Scholarship Recipient

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2016 Award Winner Announced

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The Charles J. Harbin, III Memorial Scholarship is excited to announce the 2016 award recipient.

The selection committee extends sincere thanks to all 2016 applicants for their thoughtful submissions. There were many deserving students making selection extremely difficult.

20160804_185217 (576x1024) (353x450)2016 Award Recipient:
Olivia O’Fallon –Kennesaw State University

Olivia O’Fallon is a 2016 graduate of Roswell High School. Described by her teachers as a highly motivated student, she’s also participated in numerous extracurricular activities including Student Council, Junior Classical League Latin Club, Yearbook and Lacrosse.

In her community, Olivia is active with her church youth group and joined in mission trips during Summer break. She’s maintained exceptional grades while also working part-time throughout High School.

Congratulations, Olivia! We look forward to following your academic journey and wish you every success in the coming year.

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Game On! Harbin Classic 2016

charles-harbin-clasiic-roswell-high-schoolThe Harbin Classic is the annual Teacher-Student basketball game that marks school letting out for Spring Break at Roswell High school. Named for the late Charles Harbin III, a teacher who uniquely engaged students towards their potentials, this years game was as exciting for the school spirit as it was for the action.

Seeing students playing as Guest and teachers as Home set the stage. After falling behind to the students early in the game, teachers rallied and the score was tied 41-41 midway thru second period. The board teeter-tottered up to 53-53 as both sides battled valiantly, with spills and falls on both sides (but no injuries). But toward the end youthful energy and enthusiasm continued while at least one teacher literally crawled off the court.

So despite the halftime cheer by a little girl leading teacher Schultzy that had the crowd roaring, the final score was 55-66. To judge by the sea of students taking selfies as they mugged with the talisman of a great teacher, bragging rights to the Harbin classic trophy appeared to be a major motivator at game’s end.

Much thought was put by players into their nickname, highlighting their academic as well as athletic strengths. The highly energetic MC3 was serious about taking Einstein to another level. Other eye-catching monikers included Globetrotter, Nemo, Vanilla Gorilla and White Mamba. But my favorite was the student named Keynes, and the teacher named Hayek, who I later found out were mother and son apparently bringing their dinner table discussions to the court (if you’re not familiar with the battle between the icons of Economics, “Hayek vs. Keynes -Fear the Boom and Bust” is the popular rap video Econ primer in Charles’ spirit of unconventional but effective education- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0nERTFo-Sk )

Charles Harbin’s daughters, Kate and Molly, along with his parents, Cheryl and Bill North, and sister Renee also attended. After the game, Kate and Molly posed with the winning team and trophy, which will be proudly displayed until next year for school visitors to see the enduring legacy of teachers connecting with students, and students with teachers.

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Call for 2016 Scholarship Applications

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The 2016 Charles J. Harbin, III College Scholarship application is posted!

The scholarship is open to all high school seniors entering an accredited US college for the first time in the Fall of 2016.

Find requirements, instructions and application at CharlesHarbin.com. Deadline for submission is April 22, 2016.

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Book Donation for SSEF

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The kids LOVED the books, and were especially thrilled (as we all were when we were kids) to have something brand new that was just for them.

​Our reading buddies are hearing stories from their students about how much fun it has been to have a book to share with ​their moms and dads.  It’s just such an amazing thought to know that something so seemingly small can have a huge impact on a family and serve to reinvigorate their interest in reading.

Small gifts, big encouragement, huge impact.  Thank you so much for your generous gift to our kids.

Kissy Dabbs
Sandy Springs Education Force

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CJH3 Donates 150 New Books

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Above: 150 books CJH3 Scholarship purchased for donation to local schools includes the classics for all reading levels.

The Charles J. Harbin III Memorial Scholarship honors Charles’ love of family and the importance of reading, and in 2015 will provide books for elementary-age school children.

Sandy Springs Education Force created a program encouraging kids to read at home by providing books they can choose from ‘mini libraries’ installed in Sandy Springs Elementary schools. The pride of beginning a personal library is a valuable tool to promote reading for all children. SSEF stocks the mini libraries with donated books during the school year, however bilingual books are rarely available.

CJH3 Memorial Scholarship is donating 150 bilingual books (pictured right) targeting a variety of reading levels to fill this need. Classic children’s books with English and Spanish translations provide a path for non-English speaking and bilingual parents to get involved and encourage their children to read and excel in studies.

Our thanks to the publisher Scholastic (whose annual book fairs sparked an excitement for reading in us when we were kids) for the program supporting CJH3 and other organizations by providing discounts for those seeking to distribute books in the community.

Charles treasured reading. From teaching ESL (English as a second language) in Japan to teaching literature at Fulton Science Academy and Roswell High School, and tutoring teenagers in transition at the Drake House, he touched the lives of many students by introducing them to the power of the written word.  We know he would share our joy in helping parents help those they love to love reading.

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”  ~Stephen King


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2015 Harbin Classic

Charles HarbinRoswell High School teachers wrapped up the 2015 Harbin Classic with a 65-62 win over the senior class. This was the 4th Annual Harbin Classic Faculty/Senior Basketball game where students and teachers faced off on the RHS basketball court.Harbin ClassicRoswell High School

Students held the scoreboard lead the entire game, but the teachers closed the gap as they entered the 4th quarter just 4 points down at 42-46.

“That may have been one of the best defensive games the teachers have played,” said a student spectator. “Their defensive intensity was the difference. I was enjoying watching them play… and I almost wanted them to win.”

Charles Harbin’s twin daughters, Kate and Molly presented the trophy in the closing ceremony. (pictured right)

The Harbin Classic was named for Roswell High teacher and coach, Charles Harbin, “Harbs” in 2011 to honor his memory and dedication to his students.

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Apply for 2015 CJH3 College Scholarship

Apply Now Computer Key In Blue For Work ApplicationThe Charles J. Harbin, III Memorial Scholarship is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year.

Candidates for the scholarship must meet all requirements and submit requested materials to the CJH3MS Selection Committee by the appointed deadline. Applicants must be a resident of the state of Georgia; however, award recipients may attend college anywhere in the United States.

Download your application today.

Support CJH3 – Donate to the scholarship.

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Tools for Learning – A Legacy to Honor Charles

supply-donationDuring this academic 2014-2015 school year the CJH3 Memorial Scholarship is honored to be helping young students living at Drake House.  Drake House is an empowerment program for homeless mothers and their children, providing the environment and support to work towards self-sufficiency.

Charles Harbin’s passion was learning, and he was proud to work with at the Drake House tutoring students.  We are confident Charles would smile at the thought of helping kids who live there today learn mathematics with the scientific calculator and school supplies donation.

Next year as school begins, consider joining us in providing support to those who could not otherwise afford the tools to learn.

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