The energy soared inside the halls of Montgomery Public School’s Davis Elementary on Monday as about 300 Faulkner University athletes welcomed Davis students back to school on their first day with smiles and cheers.
Faulkner Eagle cheerleaders, football players, soccer players, basketball teams, volleyball and golf teams stood shoulder-to-shoulder along the sidewalks and hallways as they high-fived, clapped and welcomed students back on their first day back to school.
Even Faulkner Eagles’ mascot, Baldwin came out to hug students and pose for pictures.
“We love to do this,” said Dr. Jean-Noel Thompson, Vice President of Student Services at Faulkner. “It’s so neat to see the motivation and the enthusiasm on the kids’ faces and of the parents. Seeing our athletes out here is a blessing and it gets everyone excited for who we are and what Faulkner stands for.”
It is the third year Faulkner students, coaches, faculty, staff and leadership have come out in force to give a warm surprise welcome to the students, parents and teachers of Davis.
The partnership that Faulkner and Davis began has grown and continues to grow each year as Faulkner invites Davis students onto Faulkner’s campus to watch home games throughout the year. Several Faulkner students also go back to Davis to volunteer and read to students.
“This Davis’ third year having Faulkner University here to welcome back our students,” said Aleysia Alves, Principal of Davis Elementary. “We thank Faulkner so much for the consistency and for not only making sure our student feel welcome, but our staff as well. It’s such a nice pump-up for the beginning of the school year. I’m just so grateful.”
Now in its seventh year, the Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery has begun its popular summer series, “Vicarious Vacations.” Each Saturday in August at 11:00 AM, visitors to the Loeb Auditorium in Old Alabama Town can take a vacation by proxy, listening to guests discuss their vacations around the world, including tips for avoiding problems while in route, and at the locations themselves. Saturday the 4th, Rich and Christy Anderson discussed their anniversary trip to Peru’s Machu Picchu.
Rich works in the Attorney General’s Office in Montgomery, and Christy works in historical preservation with the City of Montgomery.
Their photographs and commentary gave the audience of 40 or so a clear picture of what the traveler could expect as concerns hotel accommodations, food and drink, and local attractions along their route to Machu Picchu.“We call our adventure plains, trains, and automobiles,” said Rich in explaining the various modes of transportation he and Christy took to their final destination–everything from modern jets to “taxis,” which were not much more than motor scooters with a top and sides added to them.After a short stay in Lima, they flew to Cusco, which was a bit more “rustic” than Lima.A few of those present Saturday had been to Machu Picchu and to them, the Anderson’s presentation was like taking the trip again.
For those who hadn’t been, Rich and Christy’s comments were a tutorial, explaining the little things about such a trip that can make or break it.At that point, Christy gave a brief history of the site, saying that Machu Picchu stands at nearly 8,000 feet high in the Andes and was built from about 1450 to 1460 A.D.The site is now known as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, having been included on that list in 2007.The site represents the excellent technological skill and productivity of the Inca Empire in its glory days, especially their stone-working, terracing, and water management abilities.Chirsty added that at 8,000 feet, the air is thinner than at sea level, so those planning a trip there should work-out on a tread-mill etc. to get in shape.
Rich seconded that statement, saying that the only way to get around on site is to walk, or more properly climb, because much of the site is virtually straight up and down.Rich also answered a question from the audience, saying that Machu Picchu is believed to have been built by the Inca King, Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui, the 9th ruler of the Inca and that the Spanish never actually found the city. Overall, Rich and Christy say that much history surrounding the city remains a mystery.
So the Anderson’s anniversary trip to Machu Picchu was both entertaining and educational for those in attendance.Should you be planning such a trip, Rich and Christy strongly advise contacting a travel agent who specializes in your destination.Doing so can certainly lessen the chance of your encountering problems when you are a long way from home.And be prepared to take some vaccinations…Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Rabies, etc.
Upcoming dates in the Vicarious Vacations series include August 11th…A Cruise to the Orkney Islands and Iceland by Ann and Steve Linder, August 18th…World War I Battlefields by Jim Hodgson and Steve Brickley, and August 25th…Hiking Mt. Rainier’s Wonderland Trail by McDowell Crook.
PHOENIX Rehabilitation and Health Services, Inc. a leading physical therapy provider in the Montgomery and its surrounding counties area, has recently relocated its Montgomery outpatient center from Woods Crossing Drive, into a newly constructed, state-of-the-art facility off of Perry Hill Road, in the Windsor Hill Court development.
PHOENIX and Facility Directors, Jason Harris, PT, MSPT and Conan Brooks, PT, MPT, CSCS, noted the decision to make this significant investment was to accommodate the needs of the patient community better.According to Harris and Brooks, “The new location and increased clinical space give us the opportunities to expand our staff and add new services along with advanced equipment, all to enhance our quality of care.We proudly continue our commitment to our patients, where we believe personal care builds lasting relationships.”
PHOENIX, Harris, and Brooks take pride in the hands-on care with individualized attention given to each patient.Adding, “Patients have the opportunity to see the same therapy team, allowing stability in our services and consistent development and progression of their programs.”The patient care team in Montgomery will offer the same convenient hours—including early morning and evening appointments, with new patients seen within 24-48 hours.For area employers, the Industrial Services division will also continue to provide convenient hours to accommodate worker’s schedules and looks forward to expanding its current Workers’ Compensation service offerings.
“We are very pleased to continue our patient-centric, caregiving approach in the Montgomery and surrounding communities by increasing the size of our therapy facility and expanding our services thus allowing us to accomplish greater milestones in our growth plan,” commented, PHOENIX Executive Vice President, Robert Kohn, PT, MSPT, ATC.
Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Blairsville, PA, PHOENIX is a privately held community of out-patient rehabilitation centers with over 70 locations throughout AL, DE, MD, PA, and VA.