Education

Gwinnett Parks & Rec’s Fleming selected as an ‘afterschool ambassador’

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The Afterschool Alliance announced Thursday that Tina Fleming, division director at Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, has been selected to serve as an Afterschool Ambassador for the 2014-2015 school year. She is one of just 13 leaders from across the country chosen for the honor this year.

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Fleming will continue directing local out of school time programs while also serving her one-year Afterschool Ambassador term. As an ambassador, Fleming will help organize public events, communicate with policy makers and build support for afterschool and out of school time programs. She also will focus on promoting physical activity in out of school time programs and is one of three Active Hours Afterschool Ambassadors whose work to expand the quantity and quality of physical activity out of school hours is supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) through the Afterschool Alliance. Continue reading Gwinnett Parks & Rec’s Fleming selected as an ‘afterschool ambassador’

Fall festival time for area schools and learning centers

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Fall has arrived and so has Fall Festival time at area schools and day care centers. These little ones at Discovery Point were checking out a pumpkin - perfect autumn activity for tiny hands and curious minds. See some of the creativity where book characters were brought to life at Gum Springs Elementary School.

Fall has arrived and so has Fall Festival time at area schools and day care centers. These little ones at Discovery Point were checking out a pumpkin – perfect autumn activity for tiny hands and curious minds. See some of the creativity where book characters were brought to life at Gum Springs Elementary School.

By FARAH BOHANNON
fbohannon@clickthepaper.com
Local schools have officially gotten themselves into the fall spirit and have been celebrating all month with festivals and fun activities. It is a great way to kick off this beautiful season that serves as a transition from summer to winter. Whether it is fall festivals, pumpkin carving and costume wearing, both students and teachers are having a blast. Parents are involved as well, so these fun times serve as a great way to bring teachers, students and parents together.
West Jackson Primary School will celebrate fall on Oct. 24 with Zaxby’s chicken and several fun activities for the children including a bounce house, petting zoo and games galore. Both parents and children will make the perfect fall dessert — s’mores and participated in a cupcake walk if they please. It is a great way to get together as a school body and enjoy the gorgeous weather. Continue reading Fall festival time for area schools and learning centers

Career exploration: Crime scene education

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JCSO-investigators-teach-at-skolJackson County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Richard Vickery and Capt. Rich Lott of Criminal Investigations Division taught a Forensics/Crime Scene class on Oct. 22 at Gum Springs Elementary School for third, fourth and fifth graders.  Demonstrations were given of collecting fingerprints, tire and footprint casting, DNA collection, social media evidence gathering and more.

‘Georgia Grown’ is celebrated at East Jackson Elementary

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Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black sits with students as a video plays. See more scenes from the celebration in Farah Bohannon's photo gallery below.

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black sits with students as a video plays. See more scenes from the celebration in Farah Bohannon’s photo gallery below.

By FARAH BOHANNON

fbohannon@clickthepaper.com

East Jackson Elementary School believes in serving up “Georgia Grown” food in its cafeteria while helping to keep Jackson County economically strong.

On Sept. 24, students, teachers and staff gathered in the school’s gymnasium to kickoff the school’s Farm 2 School activities. Also in attendance were several local farmers in attendance looked forward to sharing what they do on a daily basis along with Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, Chef Josh Aaron of Jefferson’s The Savory Spoon, School Superintendent Dr. April Howard, Jackson County Schools’ Director of Nutrition Dr. Debra Morris and East Jackson Elementary chef Rich Freeman.

 

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Jackson County 4-H offering orientation sessions

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Jackson County 4-H orientation

BB Rifle
(for 5th—8th graders only!)

Want to learn to safely engage in target sports? Join Intro to BB Class: BB 101!  This is a great way to enhance decision making, develop character and boost self confidence.  The class meets on Tuesday and some Thursday evenings from October-December with the option of trying out for the spring All-Star season.  Youth need a volunteer to participate with them (no
experience necessary.)  Orientation is Tuesday, September 30th at 6:30 p.m. $25  Parents are asked to attend with youth.

Horse Club

Do you love animals?  Want to learn more about horses?  Join us for Horse Club!

Kick off is Sunday, September 28th from 1-4 p.m. at 7098 Holly Springs Rd.  We have monthly meetings on Sundays.  $80 Fee.  Parents are asked to attend with youth.

Archery
(for ages 9-19)

Join the team of the 2014 National Junior Buckmaster Champs!  No previous experience required!  Learn shooting safety, enhance your skills, and make new friends!  Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays from October—May.  (Summer season is offered too!)  Activity Fee of $80.00 covers practice t-shirt, polo shirt, insurance, entry fee for State  Outdoor Match, targets, and miscellaneous supplies.   Orientation is 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 7 at old SJES gym.  Parents are asked to attend with youth.