A nearly $1000 innovation grant from the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education is helping fund a new literacy program at Portal Elementary. Literacy Backpacks will support the school's goal of increasing student reading levels and providie home reading resources for families. The school launched the new initiative Feb. 9, during Portal Elementary's Family Literacy Night.
PES's Reading Intervention Specialist Betsy Mallard wrote the grant to help support the school’s goal of increasing reading skills.
Mallard’s vision is to help provide literacy support for families by providing children with a literacy backpack. Children take the backpacks home, enjoy the reading resources and then return them and replace them with another backpack.
The backpacks include grade-appropriate books and directions in English and Spanish if needed. The resources allow parents to work with their children at home. The grant is allowing Mallard to initially serve 45 students in kindergarten – second grade. The backpacks include these children’s books: Angela’s Airplanes; Arthur Meets the President; D.W.’s Library Card; Duck, Duck Goose; Froggy Gets Dressed; Is Your Mama a Llama; Click, Clack, Splash; and The Stray Dog.
All of Bulloch County Schools' campuses will be open Thursday and Friday (Feb. 4-5). We will remain in consultation with the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency as they monitor weather and road conditions and how they may affect our school system.
Of our more than 10,300 students and 100 bus routes, very few are affected by road closures and conditions. Our transportation department is contacting the few families whose bus transportation will be temporarily interrupted.
If necessary, our schools will work with any families who may live in the confirmed, isolated areas that received heavier damage. We encourage parents to caution their student drivers to drive slowly and leave plenty of time and space for breaking. Parents may also want to evaluate if their student drivers have adequate experience with driving in wet conditions, and if not, parents may want to provide transportation for them tomorrow.
This is the current list of road closures from Bulloch EMA:
Jerusalem Church (JW lane to Stilson Leefield)
JW Lane (Jerusalem Church to Cliff Knight)
Golf Club Road @Bridge (Burkhalter Rd)
Zettwell Rd (Clito to Spring Creek)
Jim Waters Rd (Clifton to Harville)
John Proctor Rd (Langston Chapel to Lanier Dr)
Railroad Bed Rd (Robertson to Arcola)
Never drive through water over a road as it takes only several inches of water to disable some vehicles.