by Eric Pudalov, Community Events Coordinator
Photos by Amanda Duckworth, Community Relations Associate
Today, in preparation for Disability Day (which takes place this Thursday, February 24th), a number of participants from our Art & Food Program, along with Community Relations Associate Amanda Duckworth, Director of EmployABILITY LaRue Griffin, and intern Alice Corazzina visited the Georgia Capitol.
We hand-delivered specially wrapped chocolate chip cookies made by Art & Food participants to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp, State Senators and Representatives and their office staff, various lobbyists around the building, and even some young students who happened to be at the Capitol on field trips.
To accomplish this task, our group split up into teams, each of which was responsible for handing out cookies and business cards to legislators on different floors. As expected, everyone we met with was incredibly pleasant and received us graciously.
Several of us also had the honor of meeting a small group representing the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), with whom we had a pleasant chat and the chance to exchange cookies. As a matter of fact, the “third floor team” ran short of cookies and had to run downstairs to restock! The AARP members cheerfully expressed their appreciation for our efforts.
It was an honor and a thrill for all who were present. We here at Georgia Community Support and Solutions would like to thank Lieutenant Gov. Casey Cagle, State Sen. John Douglas (see photos below), and everyone else that took the time to speak with us this morning.