First Day of School Education Celebration Set for Tuesday

August 1, 2008

The Third Annual First Day of School Education Celebration for DeKalb County will be held on Tuesday, August 5th from 6-7:30 P.M. downtown around the Court House Square.

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.

Events planned for DeKalb County’s First Day event are 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. Many organizations will be there giving out information about resources available to them. Refreshments, inflatable jumping balloons and FREE school supplies will also be part of the celebration.

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 us in Downtown Smithville on Tuesday

Please remember that one of our goals for the evening is to have a safe and fun event for all. The City of Smithville partners with us in our concern for the safety of all participants on this evening and they block off traffic so please work with us and do not park in areas that have been closed to vehicle traffic. The safety of our students and families is very important to us.

The First Day of School America-- Education Celebration committee would like to take this opportunity to THANK the sponsors that are making this event possible:

Churches
Smithville Church of Christ
Alexandria Church of Christ
Dry Creek Baptist Church
New Hope Baptist Church
Grace Bible Church
Church of the Nazarene
Jacob Pillar United Methodist Church
New West Point Free Will Baptist Church
Indian Creek Baptist Church
Tabernacle, The Baptist Church
UMW First Methodist Church
First Methodist Church
Liberty Methodist Church
Upper Helton Baptist Church
Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Banks Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Lighthouse Home Ministries
Dowelltown Methodist Church
Dowelltown Baptist Church
Temple Baptist Church
Johnson’s Chapel Free Will Baptist
Smithville Church of God
Calvary Baptist Church
New Union The Baptist Church
Salem Baptist Church
Gospel Lighthouse Baptist
Smithville Church of God
Laurel Hill Church
Mt. View, The Baptist Church
New Life United Pentecostal
St. Gregory’s Catholic Church
Smithville First Free Will Baptist
New Life Community Church
Smithville First Baptist Church

Businesses/Organizations
Wal Mart
Food Lion
Pamida
DeKalb Farm Bureau
Wilson Bank and Trust
Dr. David Foutch
Dr. Cliff Duke
Love Cantrell Funeral Home
Janney and Associates
Smithville Order of Eastern Star 374
T Koen Orthodontics, PLLC
Griffin’s Fruit Market
Jr. Pro Basketball
DeKalb Co. Tee Ball Coach Pitch
Chris Whitney (Florence and White Ford)
Middle Tennessee Natural Gas (Hometown Help)
Kingston Timers

Booths
Mr. Bratten “Butch” Cook, Juvenile Court Judge
Smithville Elementary and PTO
Northside Elementary and PTO
DeKalb Middle School and PTO
DeKalb Co High School and PTO
Dekalb County West School and PTO
DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department
City Fire Department
Pre-K
DeKalb County Wellness Commission
DeKalb Community Bank/Wilson Bank and Trust
Liberty State Bank
DeKalb County High School Marching Band
University of Tennessee Extension
TNCEP Tennessee Nutrition Consumer Education Program
Imagination Library sign up at the public library
Hendrix Financial Group
Tops- Migrant Education Program
DeKalb County Health Department
DTC Wireless
Blue Flame University (MTNG)
Tennessee Highway Patrol
Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency
Hendrix Financial
Garrett Insurance
Tennessee Voices for Children
DeKalb County Public Libraries

A special thanks to the City of Smithville, DeKalb County Officials, and the many volunteers that makes this event possible for the students in our county.

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