Georgia Preparatory Academy Rome: Pi Day 2015 DJJ Staff  at:  3/23/2015  


From left to right: R.D. Noren, Jacqueline Cain, Jeanne Cail, Sarita Henderson, Terri Atkins, Carol Carter, Elizabeth Stafford (Lead Teacher), and Stephen Moore

Story Support by Elizabeth Stafford and Sarita Henderson from the Bob Richards RYDC

On March 14th, students and teachers at the Georgia Preparatory Academy Rome Campus at the Bob Richards RYDC joined mathematicians around the world to pay tribute that irrational number Pi (π) with Pi Day 2015.

The number π is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, commonly approximated as 3.14159. Being an irrational number, π cannot be expressed exactly as a common fraction, although fractions such as 22/7 and other rational numbers are commonly used to approximate π. Consequently its decimal representation never ends and never settles into a permanent repeating pattern. Because its definition relates to the circle, π is found in many formulae in trigonometry and geometry, especially those concerning circles, ellipses or spheres. It is also found in formulae used in other branches of science such as cosmology, number theory, statistics, fractals, thermodynamics, mechanics and electromagnetism. The ubiquity of π makes it one of the most widely known mathematical constants both inside and outside the scientific community.

In the year 2015, Pi Day had special significance on 3/14/15 (mm/dd/yy date format) at 9:26:53 a.m. and also at p.m., with the date and time representing the first 10 digits of π. That same second also contained a precise instant corresponding to all of the digits of π.

For the Georgia Preparatory Academy Rome Campus at the Bob Richards RYDC, this was the second annual PI Day celebrated at the facility. Students enjoyed a day of "pi" eating contestes and "pi" walks as they learned all about the history of Pi.

An interesting side project during the day involved a variation of the Buffon's Needle problem where students threw hot dogs on the ground to prove the value of Pi. Buffon's Needle problem is a question first posed in the 18th century by Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon where the chief question is as follows: Suppose we have a floor made of parallel strips of wood, each the same width, and we drop a needle onto the floor. What is the probability that the needle will lie across a line between two strips?

Students also had a competition to see who could make the longest chain representing the numbers of Pi. Following this fun activity, the youth held a "shooting for pi" basketball competition from the 3.1415 line and an individual contest to see which student could say the most digits of Pi without stumbling. The staff at the Bob Richards RYDC also participated by helping to bake "Pi" pies.

At the end of the day, students and staff alike understood that no matter how big or small the circle, Pi remains the same throughout infinity.






(Back Row L to R): DJJ Transportation Officer Marvie Vance, DOC Assistant Commissioner Greg Dozier, DOC Commissioner Homer Bryson, DOC Assistant Commissioner Tim Ward (Front Row L to R) DJJ Captain Sonya Abrams and OCATS Director Lisa Casey Bryson.

On March 18th, the Department of Juvenile Justice's Transportation Unit participated in Law Enforcement Appreciation Day at the Georgia State Capitol. Organized by Senator Tyler Harper and Representative Alan Powell, this first year event was created to show gratitude and appreciation to law enforcement at all levels across the state. Law enforcement officials were presented with a resolution honoring their work in the Senate Chamber, followed by special program at the North Wing of the State Capitol.

Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle also attended and was a co-host of the event.

“All across Georgia, our law enforcement men and women dedicate their lives each and every day to making sure that our fellow citizens remain safe,” Lieutenant Governor Cagle said. “I am grateful for their service and honored to be able to serve them as Lieutenant Governor.”

In addition to the Department of Juvenile Justice, law enforcement officials from around Georgia including distinguished sheriffs, police chiefs and state and local officials attended this year's inaugural event. Other honored participants included:

President of Georgia’s Sheriff Association
President of Georgia’s Association of Chief of Police
Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety
Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Supervisor/Commissioner
Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Commissioner of Department of Correction
Chairman of the State Board of Pardons and Parole

The Department of Juvenile Justice would like to thank the Transportation Unit and OCATS Director Lisa Casey Bryson for their involvement in honoring the men and women of law enforcement in Georgia.





     Volunteering Matters: First Quarter 2015 Newsletter DJJ Staff  at:  3/13/2015  


The 1st Quarter Edition of Volunteering Matters, the official newsletter of the Department of Juvenile Justice's Volunteer Services Program, is now available for viewing. The Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is grateful for its many volunteers who help improve the lives of our youth both in our facilities as well as in the community at large. With Volunteering Matters, DJJ highlights the great work that takes place daily due to the hard work and efforts of our volunteers.

To read the First Quarter Edition of Volunteering Matters, click on:





     DJJ at the 2015 Be Healthy Georgia Festival DJJ Staff  at:  3/13/2015  


On March 7th, the 2015 Be Healthy Georgia Festival took place at the State Capitol in Atlanta and the Department of Juvenile Justice was a proud participant in all of the heart-smart, exercise-driven activities. Sponsored by Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, the 5th Annual Be Healthy Georgia Festival was a free family day which featured sports activities, educational programs, and giveaways to encourage all Georgians to get active and get moving for their overall health and well-being. DJJ’s partner in the Beat the Streets/Kilometer Kids program, the Atlanta Track Club brought out former United States Olympians to the event to help physical fitness techniques to the crowd and to participate in the One Mile Fun Run and Kilometer Kids Dash that took place during the festival.

HITS JPPS III Satoiya Williams and her staff accompanied eight DeKalb Multi Service Center youth to the event where all completed the Fun Run and received Atlanta Track Club medals and prizes. After the running, the youth were able to visit various vendor booths at the festival and learned about making healthy choices and the importance of exercise.

The Department of Juvenile Justice was one of the agencies presenting material via the information booth. JPM Carolyn Geise with the Fulton County HITS Team helped helm the booth during part of the day along with Deputy Commissioner Sarah Draper and SMRT Officers Jesse Dewberry, Jesse Floyd, and Shane Youngblood.

The Department of Juvenile Justice is proud to be associated with the Be Healthy Georgia Festival and the positive message of maintaining a vigorous lifestyle that it promoted. Volunteer Services staff Lutrenze Butcher-Mitchell and Christina Pollard-Durr along with Ombudsman staff members Debbie Carter, Meshell Parris, and Carolene Maddox all assisted in the organization of the DJJ information booth which also provided material on DJJ general services and volunteer programs such as Beat the Streets. Gang Coordinator Monique Brandenburg, OCI Analyst Julie Carr, and SMRT Officers Paul Wilson and Ryan Lohnes also pitched in and gave truth to the saying of DJJ: One Team. One Mission.

For more information on DJJ’s Beat the Streets Program, visit

To learn about the DJJ Ombudsman Office, go to . Volunteer Services can be accessed at





     DJJ UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: How the Rescue 2 Restore Spay & Neuter Program Has Made a Difference DJJ Staff  at:  3/6/2015  

DJJ UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: How the Rescue 2 Restore Spay & Neuter Program Has Made a Difference

DJJ's Up Close and Personal are stories shared by employees and the public on positive outcomes from programs sponsored by the Department of Juvenile Justice. This month's story from Lisa Kenn describes how DJJ's Rescue 2 Restore Spay & Neuter Program helped one employee and her pets. To share your personal stories, email Lisa Kenn at

If anyone talks to or gets to know DJJ Compliance Specialist Catherine Ice, one of the first things you will learn is that she loves her family, her friends, and dogs. Recently, Catherine's kindness was on display on all fronts as she unexpectedly acquired two dogs from a close friend who was going through a personal hardship. Already owner of Dot, a 12 year old bassett hound/lab mix, adopted from PAWS Atlanta over ten years ago, Catherine was faced with now having to care for Ace, a 15 month old beagle/lab mix and Lady, a 10 month old beagle/pit mix pup. While the addition of two unneutered/spayed puppies can be a daunting task, Catherine did not think twice about taking in the new puppies despite the extra costs needed for care.

Unexpected expenses and cost are the biggest obstacles pet owners face especially those related to Spay and Neuter services. Depending on the size and sex of the pet, spay and neuter surgeries can cost upwards of $450 at a regular veternarian practice. Despite its cost, spaying and neutering pets is the best way to prevent pet euthansia and reduce pet overpopulation.

Being a state employee, Catherine is conscientious about how she budgets for pet care. Fortunately for her, many Georgia programs can offset the cost of spaying and neutering dogs. It was through one of these programs sponsored this February by the Department of Juvenile Justice's Rescue 2 Restore program during National Spay and Neuter Awareness Month that Catherine was able to get her new pets, Ace and Lady, spayed and neutered.

During the month of February, via a partnership with Lifeline Animal Project, all State of Georgia employees that scheduled appointments were able to take advantage of a discount on spaying or neutering their pet. Understanding that problems that go along with not spaying or neutering pets, Catherine knew that it was important to get her two new dogs spayed and neutered as soon as possible.

The goal of National Spay and Neuter Month is for "better pet health and controlled pet populations at reasonable rates". For Catherine (and others like her), this goal was met during the February activity with her pets being spayed and neutered with a significant cost savings. Even better, the staff at the Lifeline Animal Project were "courteous and professional even with multiple owners and pets descending on them both for drop off and pick-up" for all kinds of pets.

DJJ and the Rescue 2 Restore team wish Ace and Lady a speedy recovery and want to thank Catherine for providing a wonderful example of responsible pet ownership. Special thanks also goes out to the Lifeline Animal Project for partnering with the State of Georgia!

Although February has come and gone, Lifeline Animal Project of Atlanta has two Spay and Neuter clinic locations offering low cost surgeries year round. To see a list of Lifeline's other services and clinic fees, click here:

DJJ employees outside of Atlanta can search for pet health resources by zip code here:

For more information on Spay and Neuter or low cost resources, you may contact Rescue-2-Restore on their website at or via their coordinator, Kelly Lewis, directly via email at .





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