BULLI in Braselton classes for winter will begin Jan. 6 and end Feb. 21.
Jackson County Community Outreach will host its 15th annual achievement awards banquet on Saturday, Dec. 14.
The banquet will recognize some outstanding Jackson County citizens, leaders and young adults, according to JCCO president Jim Scott.
The banquet honorary chairman is Lee Bryan, president of TenCate Geosynthetics, Americas in Pendergrass, a major international employer.
Keynote speaker will be the Honorable Michael Thurmond, superintendent of the DeKalb County School System. He is a three-term former Georgia Labor Commissioner. He longtime public service career also included serving as director of the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services, a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from Clarke County and a lecturer at the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
Registration is under way and forms are available at the Braselton Town Hall. Each class costs $40 for BULLI members. Classes begin Jan. 6 and end Feb. 21.
Braselton BULLI classes are conducted in downtown and are proudly sponsored by the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority and the Downtown Development Authority.
Veterans Day was celebrated across Jackson County including at Benton Elementary School where the fifth graders provided the patriotic program to recognized veterans.
East Jackson Comprehensive High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Commander Eric Hughes was the guest speaker. Veterans stood as their service song was playing and their flag displayed. Veterans and their families were then invited to join students for lunch in the cafeteria.
On behalf of Operation Sandbox – Georgia, a nonprofit which has been sending care packages to service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2004, LeAnne Akin presented a plaque recognizing Benton Elementary School’s support of our troops through their donations to Sandbox. Principal Pam Shields accepted the plaque and has announced the school’s ongoing support of Operation Sandbox – Georgia. Learn more at operationsandboxga.com
See LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below.
Veterans Day at Benton Elementary
Braselton Christian Academy director Penney Smith said she has wanted a flag pole for the school to display the American flag and the Christian flag for five years. Smith said she considers that patriotism and display of Christianity is important since “we are not just a nation under but a school under God.”
The dream has now become a reality because the family of a student, Parker Wood, wanted to honor the military service of his grandfather, U.S. Army Col. John Avery, who served this nation from June 1961 through August of 1989. Parker participated in the ceremony with his grandfather.
During a recent ceremony, Braselton Christian Academy dedicated the flagpole and raised the American flag in honor of Col. Avery and veterans across the community. Parker led the pledge to the American flag, the Christian flag and the Bible. The national anthem was also sung.
Smith said her father served in four branches of the military and she said she worries that the appreciation and respect for our veterans taught by our parents will be missed on younger generations if their dedication to duty to protect our freedoms is not stressed.