Education Notebook: Bibb elementary students win national award for video

June 2, 2013 

A video put together by students from Bibb County’s Jones Elementary School has won national honors.

The video from the school’s Beta Club and Title I Family Action Team received first place in the National Beta Club’s video competition, “Leading By Serving Others.” The school’s Beta Club will receive $1,000 and a $100 gift certificate to the National Beta Club’s online store, and the video is being featured on the National Beta Club’s YouTube channel.

The students chose to support Project Linus, a nonprofit organization that provides homemade blankets to children in need, including child cancer patients, babies in intensive care and students in therapy groups. Students organized a donation drive through several schools and the media, collecting items such as yarn, fleece and batting. Students participated in a blanket-making session with Project Linus Blanketeers, producing 125 to 150 blankets that will benefit children in Middle Georgia. The blankets were received by a mother and the Ronald McDonald House of Central Georgia.

To view the video, visit tinyurl.com/joneselemvideo online.

Bibb offers success sessions

Parents can learn how to help their children become more successful and better leaders during four sessions being offered this month.

The Bibb County school system’s Welcome Center is hosting the training sessions on the “Get Smart” models of leadership and student success, which also will be taught to students during the summer Envoy Project Camps. The parent training sessions are free and open to the public and will be held at 2003 Riverside Drive, Macon. The three-hour sessions begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, 1 p.m. Thursday, noon June 11 and 9 a.m. June 12.

Separately, the Envoy Project Camps will run June 17-21 at Ballard-Hudson Middle School and Central High School.

For more information or to make a reservation, call the Welcome Center at (478) 779-3700.

Bibb BOE planning budget meetings

The Bibb County Board of Education is planning a number of hearings and meetings involving a proposed budget, including efforts to reconfigure four schools.

On the budget, the board expects to meet for a work session, called board meeting and preliminary budget vote at 5 p.m. Thursday at 484 Mulberry St. A public hearing begins at 6 p.m. June 10 at the same location. The board is expected to adopt the budget at a June 20 meeting, with committee meetings starting at 4 p.m. and a board meeting starting at 6:30 p.m.

The school system also is considering shifting grade levels between the Jones Elementary and King/Danforth Elementary schools. Public hearings on that proposal are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Elementary and 6:30 p.m. at June 17 at King/Danforth Elementary.

The school system also is contemplating closing Barden Elementary School altogether and bringing all the students to Burghard Elementary School. Public hearings on that proposal are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. June 11 at Barden Elementary and 6:30 p.m. June 18 at Burghard Elementary.

Peach County seniors receive band scholarships

Several Peach County seniors have earned band scholarships. Those students are Chris Hill, to Albany State University and Edward Waters College; Goretti Rivera, to Edward Waters College; Julia Frederick, to Edward Waters College; Markell Montgomery, to Albany State University, Edward Waters College and South Carolina State University; Keondrae Owens, to Albany State University and Edward Waters College; Joshua Jones, to Edward Waters College; and Cameron Porter, to Albany State University.

Perry High senior snags national scholarship

A Perry High School senior recently received a $2,000 scholarship from national agriculture equipment company, AGCO.

Tyler Claxton was one of 18 outstanding Future Farmers of America members across the nation to receive the scholarship, according to a news release.

Bibb bus route info available

A list of bus routes and pick-up and drop-off times for Bibb County’s summer school and Flexible Learning Program are now available. The information is available at schools.bibb.k12.ga.us/Page/30438 online or by calling the transportation department at (478) 779-2000.

Bonaire students win stock market game

Bonaire Elementary School students recently won the Georgia Council on Economic Education Stock Market Game for Houston County. Fifth-graders in Brenda Mueller’s class for gifted students learned about economics by participating in this challenge, according to a news release. Team members are Solomon Mitchell, Thalia Pacheco, Parker Byrd and Taryn Trigler.

Writers Jenna Mink and Mike Stucka contributed to this report.

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