The Drake House Connection

Charles Harbin was tutoring children in transition at The Drake House last summer before he was killed. He described his experience there with the students as moving and enriching… he talked very positively about the kids and the program.

If you’re not already familiar, The Drake House in Roswell provides short term crisis housing, assessment and support to homeless mothers and their children. A few of the many services they provide include career and financial counseling, tutoring for the children, daycare to assist with finding employment, health services and mentorship. It was established to keep the family intact, and provide them with the resources to return to self-sufficient housing.

I ended up at Drake House pretty unexpectedly this week as part of a community program I’m involved with. It was jarring to be in this space where my brother taught and had talked so much about – and it was heartening to hear Programs Director, Christy Merritt, talk about the life changing work they are doing by teaching, supporting, encouraging and strengthening these families.

Visit Drake House to find out how you can help with clothes, food, toiletries, car seats, gift cards for food, financial needs, website tech, or volunteer to teach an enrichment class… and, think of Charles when you make your donation. ♥

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Madison Midkiff – The College Experience

Madison Midkiff, 2012 CJH3 Memorial Scholarship winner, shares an update on her first semester at Georgia College and State University.

“So far, college has been quite the experience. I had no idea how much work would need to be put into each of my classes.  Luckily, I’m finally starting to find my stride!  I just had registration for spring semester, so I’m very excited to start learning some new subjects soon!”

“I’ve been home a couple of times, but usually I’m really busy here! I pledged Kappa Delta, so there’s almost always something going on! I’m really excited to start working with Kappa Delta’s philanthropies, Girl Scouts and Prevent Child Abuse America.”

“I have to say that I’m loving the new found freedom that came with college! I will admit that sometimes I miss my mom doing things for me. All in all I’m really enjoying school right now, and I can’t wait to see what the next semester will bring!”

“The photo above is from the new member retreat I went on at the end of August.”

Madison Midkiff
Georgia College and State University
2012 CJH3 Memorial Scholarship Recipient

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Summer Plans for 2012 Scholarship Recipient

“This summer I am working to save up as much as I can for college.  I definitely have a lot of mixed emotions about going into college.  I am of course both excited and nervous.  I also know I am going to miss my parents so much, but I am definitely ready to be on my own and take on this responsibility.”

“My biggest goal while in college is to find something that I am passionate about so that I can one day have a career that I enjoy.  I can’t wait to make new friends and experience the college life.  I love meeting new people so I am sure I’ll meet many in the crowd of 20,000 people at Georgia Southern!  I am also so thankful to the Harbin Family for everything they have done for me.”

Molly Kollmar
Georgia Southern University
2012 CJH3 Memorial Scholarship Recipient

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Charles J. Harbin, III

It was a year ago today.

Charles Harbin’s parents, daughters, sister, family, friends and colleagues miss him and think of him daily. Our thanks goes out to our many friends and family for your support of this scholarship created as a tribute to Charles’ memory.

Take a moment to think of Charles today… sing with him, laugh with him, have a beer with him.

We continue to request donations for the fund. Please consider contributing to the project.

If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.  ~Claudia Ghandi

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Summer Plans for 2012 Scholarship Recipient

“This summer, I am working maintenance for Roswell Area Park. When I am not working, I try to find time to hang out with friends before leaving for Georgia Southern in the fall. Preparing for college has been difficult because I am deciding whether to transfer from Georgia Southern after my freshman year to Georgia Tech, or enroll in an engineering program that will allow me to transfer after my sophomore year. Ultimately, I expect to have a 3.5 or higher GPA this coming year while working on campus and joining Habitat for Humanity and Circle-K (college version of Kiwanis International).”

Jarrell Joseph
Georgia Southern University
2012 CJH3 Memorial Scholarship Recipient

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Summer Plans for 2012 Scholarship Recipient

“This summer I plan on working as much as I can to save money for this coming Fall. I have to admit that I don’t mind working so much because I’m really going to miss my job next year. I’ll be leaving for school in just a few weeks and I could not be more excited! I’m in the honors program at GCSU, and plan on rushing as well. I know the year is going to be a busy one! I can’t wait to experience college life! I’m so thankful and honored to have received this scholarship, and I’m so happy to include all of you in this step into the next part of my life.”

Madison Midkiff
Georgia College and State University
2012 CJH3 Memorial Scholarship Recipient

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2012 Award Winners Announced

The Charles J. Harbin, III Memorial Scholarship (CJH3MS) is proud to announce the following 2012 award recipients, finalists, and semi-finalists:

Madison MidkiffGeorgia College and State University
Jarrell JosephGeorgia Southern University
Molly KollmarGeorgia Southern University

Kayla Bohannon – Mercer University
Charmaine Marshall – Emory University
Millicent Smith – Appalachian State University

Christine Nwoke – Kennesaw State University
Riley Meyer – California State University
Terek Green – Wingate University
Alexandria McGahee – Kennesaw State University
Aspen Evans – Savannah School of Art & Design
Amanda Brown – Georgia College and State University

Congratulations to this year’s recipients, finalists and semi-finalists! The selection committee also wants to extend their sincere thanks to all 2012 applicants for their thoughtful submissions. There were many deserving students making selection extremely difficult.

CJH3MS also extends a warm thank you to the committee of volunteers and educational experts who participated in this year’s review process, as well as our generous donors and supporters for helping us make it happen.

Please visit again soon for more information about the 2012 award recipients, finalists and semi-finalists. While you’re here, post a comment and sign up for blog updates.

The scholarship committee looks forward to 2013 applicants, and on behalf of Charles Harbin; encourages you to pursue your dreams.

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We’ve Got Mail!

With the posted deadline of April 22, applications have been pouring in all month.

We have a number of great candidates and the scholarship committee looks forward to completing the review of the latest applications.

Good luck to all applicants!  Charles J. Harbin, III Memorial Scholarship award winners will be announced online this week.

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Renowned Poet Alexis Orgera Supports CJH3

How Like Foreign ObjectsRenowned poet, Alexis Orgera, is generously supporting the CJH3 Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Ms. Orgera donated copies of her latest work, “How Like Foreign Objects,” which will inspire and captivate poetry lovers with her adroit movement through metaphor.

Simone Muench said, “Like foreign objects, Orgeraʼs poems cannot be easily pinned down: they retort, morph, disarm and shimmy, arcing through us like searchlights, as they illumine both fissures in language and in bodies. From doppelgangers to occult investigators, animalia to marginalia, telegrams to psychic readings, her poems pulse with displacement and transfigurement.”

Charles Harbin and Alexis Orgera were new friends, and both graduates of New College of Florida. Charles loved language, and would appreciate the zeal and beauty of Alexisʼ poetry.

We’re pleased to announce each 2012 recipient of the Charles J. Harbin, III Memorial Scholarship award will receive a copy of How Like Foreign Objects, signed by the author.

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2012 Harbin Classic

2012 Harbin Classic

Friday, March 30th before leaving for Spring Break, Roswell High School seniors faced off against faculty at the annual senior/faculty basketball game – aptly renamed the “Harbin Classic” in honor of fan favorite, Charles Harbin.

Old SchoolEarly predictions called for faculty to win big over students. By the end of the first quarter it was clear the Seniors were more focused on the most direct route to the beach rather than to the hoop. Spectators, mostly students, settled in for an embarrassing defeat as they moaned continuous boos from the bleachers.

It seemed the writing was on the wall… until halftime when the Faculty suddenly slowed considerably, many sweating profusely some limping and sporting knee braces. The fast breaks and bank shots of the 1st quarter were being replaced by offensive fouls and granny shots. Old School, indeed.

The Seniors grabbed the opportunity and swiftly overtook the scoreboard. As the seconds ran out, a final goal was scored by the Faculty tying the game 41 – 41. A first ever tie in RHS senior/faculty basketball history, a fitting close to the game now dedicated to student favorite, cherished friend, and former faculty member, Charles Harbin.

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