Living Democracy

Living Democracy 2019

June 13, 2016
Gerson's proves vegetables can be a hit
Gerson's proves vegetables can be a hit

One of the biggest surprises for me here in Roanoke was discovering the vegetarian restaurant Gerson’s Garden. Nearing its four-year anniversary, Gerson’s Garden provides the citizens of Roanoke with great fresh food. Just four years ago Gerson’s Garden was just a produce market.

By Weston Sims
June 8, 2016
Initiative combats 'brain drain' in Randolph County
Initiative combats 'brain drain' in Randolph County

The Randolph County Youth Development Initiative (RCYDI) began when Marian Royston, an Auburn University and Living Democracy alumna and Roanoke native, decided to help her hometown combat an issue known as the rural “brain drain” -- the outmigration of talented, young people from rural communities. 

By Weston Sims
May 31, 2016
Community Corrections provides option that works
Community Corrections provides option that works

Alabama state prisons are filled with 11,000 more inmates than they were designed to contain. The go-to solution for many lawmakers has been to build more prisons to sustain the growing number of prisoners. However, one program, Community Corrections in Randolph County, has a different approach for mitigating the problem.

By Weston Sims
May 9, 2016
Communities Become Summer Classrooms for Living Democracy Students
Communities Become Summer Classrooms for Living Democracy Students

Four Auburn University students participating in the College of Liberal Arts’ Living Democracy initiative will begin summer adventures in Alabama communities May 9.  The 2016 Living Democracy students who will live and work for ten weeks in diverse Alabama communities are Weston Sims, Hamilton Wasnick, Madison Chamblee and Miranda Whitten. 

May 17, 2016
Handley High Serves Vital Role in Community
Handley High Serves Vital Role in Community

Handley High School consistently pumps out competitive and eager minds. The community rallies around high school events such as drama productions and sports. And it seems as if the school makes a great effort toward creating a greater Roanoke by producing citizens with initiative similar to that of the school’s namesake, Captain Handley.

By Weston Sims

Last Updated: April 04, 2019