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Pre-Kindergarten ClassGeorgia Pre-Kindergarten Week is October 3 -7, and Bulloch County Schools' pre-k  faculty are welcoming parents, special guests and elected officials into their classrooms. "It's an opportunity for us to showcase the program's success, increase stakeholder awareness and strengthen community support for young learners," said Dr. Yvette Ledford, director of the district's pre-k program.


In its sixth year, Georgia Pre-K Week is a celebration of early learning and the quality education programs for our state's youngest students. The week-long series of events supports the 24th anniversary of the state’s nationally recognized pre-k program.  Local highlights in Bulloch County Schools include themed activities, celebrity readers and a special exhibit of pre-k students' artwork at the Averitt Center for the Arts.


The week’s festivities begin Monday, October 3 with school visits from corporate sponsor Georgia Power and Rep. Jan Tankersley. Georgia Power representatives will read to Sallie Zetterower Elementary School's pre-k classes at 10:15. Rep. Tankersley will read to Brooklet Elementary School's pre-k class at 9:30 and Mill Creek Elementary School’s pre-k classes at 11:00. She will also visit Southeast Bulloch High School’s pre-k class on Wednesday, October 5, at 10:00.


Rep. Tankersley will read the state-adopted book, "Rainbow Fish," by Marcus Pfister. Tankersley has made reading to students during Pre-K Week an annual tradition. She and more than 100 legislators statewide have committed to visit Pre-k centers in their districts to read to students, meet with instructors, tour the facilities and observe students learning. 


New this year in Bulloch County is an exhibit of pre-k students' artwork at the Averitt Center for the Arts. Families are invited to visit the Averitt Center's third-floor Multipurpose Gallery during the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority's First Friday event Friday, October 7, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Pre-K teachers and directors will be present to help celebrate the students’ artwork. 


The school system invites legislators, local elected officials, community leaders and the Board of Education to visit its pre-k sites during this week. Bulloch County Schools has 19 pre-k classes located at 12 sites on the district's elementary and high school campuses. The classes serve a total of 416 students. Bulloch County Schools also serves special needs students through its Pre-K Disabilities Program. The school system has 38 pre-k teachers and assistant teachers. Principals serve as site directors at their campuses, and Dr. Yvette Ledford at the central office is the program's project director.


Georgia Pre-K Week is organized by Voices for Georgia’s Children and endorsed by Bright from the Start, Georgia's Department for Early Care and Learning (DECAL). Synovus and Georgia Power Company are corporate sponsors for the statewide event. 


Established in 2003, Voices for Georgia's Children is a nonprofit child policy and advocacy organization that envisions a Georgia where children are safe, healthy, educated, employable, and connected to their family and community. Their mission is to be a powerful, unifying voice for a public agenda that ensures the wellbeing of all  Georgia’s children.


Georgia Southern University’s Center for Sustainability, one of the school district's major STEM learning partners, is gearing up for its fourth annual GreenFest on Saturday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., in downtown Statesboro. The more than 40 vendors will showcase all that the region has to offer for sustainable living and green products.


Festival-goers can enjoy live music, sustainability workshops, children’s activities and more. Visit this link for a complete schedule of events. 


Featured workshops this year include up-cycled vases and planters, pallet birdhouses, and bookmarks and placemats made from recycled Georgia Southern banners. The Statesboro Mainstreet Farmers Market will also offer visitors fresh, local produce.


Activities will extend past the Bulloch County Courthouse Square and throughout East, West and South Main streets, along the Blue Mile.  The new Averitt Center for the Arts' new Roxie Remley Center will feature recycled art projects, and there will be bike riding along the Willie McTell Trail. Bicyclists are eligible to enter a drawing for sustainable prizes.


The City of Statesboro is hosting a service opportunity for beautification of the Blue Mile. Volunteers can get their hands dirty and make a difference in our community. Check in at the Courthouse Square to participate.

Entries in the second annual Pallet Challenge will also be on display along Siebald Street, and winners will be announced at 12:15pm. Last year’s competition drew entries from as far as Savannah and included pallet picnic tables, catapults, compost bins and even a bunkbed. Register your pallet creation in the competition this year at georgiasouthern.edu/sustainability.

The goal of GreenFest is to educate the public about sustainable solutions throughout the community, and to share green resources and eco-friendly ideas in an outdoor festival atmosphere. For more information and to get involved, visit the Center for Sustainability online at georgiasouthern.edu/sustainability or contact cfs@georgiasouthern.edu, 912-478-5895.


Southeast Bulloch High Marching BandSoutheast Bulloch High School's marching band, The Swarm, is hosting its 3rd Annual Band Blast Marching Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24,  at SEBHS's Fred Shaver Field. The day-long event will feature performances by11 bands from throughout the area, who will be evaluated by a panel of judges. The goal of the event is to give the marching bands an early opportunity to perform and receive feedback from judges in preparation for the upcoming competition season in October. Three of Bulloch County School's bands will perform at the event: Portal Middle High School at 3:40 p.m.; Statesboro High School at 6:00  p.m.; and SEBHS at 8:00 p.m. These bands are under the direction of John Gleissner, Lee Collins and Matt Olsen.