Second Annual Education Celebration Set for Monday

July 30, 2007
Dwayne Page

The Second Annual Education Celebration for DeKalb County has been set for August 6th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. downtown around the courthouse square.

The celebration is being organized by DeKalb County Board of Education Federal Programs Supervisor Michelle Burklow along with committee members Jennifer Mitchell, Angela Johnson, Pamela Poss, Suzette Barnes, Gina Denman, Melissa Pirtle, and Jamie Vickers.

This Education Celebration is nationally known as First Day of School America and is held annually in a lot of the bigger cities in the United States. Since 1997 the First Day Foundation organization has been assisting schools, families and communities to come together for a celebration on the First Day of each new school year to support education and begin a year-long partnership to promote student success. This is also a time that parents and students can become more familiar with the faculty, staff and PTO of the school that they are entering.

The community can support First Day in a number of ways. Community based organizations can provide materials and resources to parents to make them aware of services available to them in the community. Community leaders- mayors, city council members, clergy, businesses, corporate leaders and others can visit the schools and events and show their support. Local businesses partner with schools by donating products, services and volunteers to the First Day Celebration.

All five schools in DeKalb County will have a booth and be displaying a photo board with their staff and their individual credentials. Each school will also be represented by their school's PTO about what the PTO does and how parents can help. The Lion's Club Vision Screening van will be available that day for vision screenings, the DeKalb County Health Department will be represented with information, and the Tennessee Voices for Children and many other organizations will be there. There will be refreshments, inflatable jumping balloons and FREE school supplies.

If you would like to help with this event please call Michelle Burklow at 215-2107.

This celebration is totally free of charge to those who attend so make plans now to join the celebration, downtown Smithville on August 6th.

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Dekalb Telephone Cooperative
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Middle Tennessee Natural Gas
Federal Mogual Corp
Cumberland Nursery
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Denny Lamp
Janney and Associates
TKEON Orthodontics
DeKalb Community Bank/Wilson Bank and Trust
Vickers Grave Service
Liberty State Bank
Smithville OES—Eastern Star
Danny and Melissa Pirtle
Cohutta water distributed by ABC Ice
Griffin's Fruit Market

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First United Methodist Women
Alexandria Church of Christ
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