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Daffodil Festival at GPC will highlight community

COVINGTON – Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus aims to bring the community together with its two-day Daffodil Festival on March 5 and 6, which will be held in honor of the late Pierce Cline.

Cline passed away in November 2012 and is credited for choosing the college’s site as well as promoting its growth.

“Newton Campus would not exist today without the help of Pierce Cline,” said Jeff Tarnowski, GPC vice president of institutional advancement. “He knew the college would provide educational opportunities for the area’s young people and jobs for residents.”

Held each spring on the GPC Newton Campus, the Daffodil Festival celebrates the history of the land on which the school was built. The daffodils on campus were planted in the late 19th century and can still be observed today via the campus trail.

Numerous local community representatives will be hosting talks at the festival, including those from Covington film producers Triple Horse Studios and Baxter International, which is building a plant in Stanton Springs.

Wednesday’s events include a talk from Triple Horse post-production director Brian Bernard, as well as Tarnowski leading the dedication of the new Pierce Cline Memorial Garden. A Baxter representative will also be there in addition to artistic performances featuring students and faculty.

On Thursday, GPC’s Dr. Kara Gardner will discuss upcoming scholarship opportunities, and students will give a presentation on everyday life in 19th century Newton County. Additionally, Kay Lee, executive director of The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, will discuss The Center’s role in building Newton County’s future.

All presentations for the festival will be held in building 2N 1100. GPC Newton Campus is located at 239 Cedar Lane, Covington.