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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.

IMG_1190.JPGOn Monday morning, Feb. 8, at approximately 6:10 a.m., Bulloch County Schools Bus #024 was hit from behind by an 18-wheel semi truck. Fortunately, there were no children on board the bus at the time of the accident. 
In accordance with state law, the bus was conducting a mandatory stop at a railroad crossing on Veterans Memorial Highway, near the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 301 South.   
The bus driver had activated the bus's flashing amber lights, and was opening the door and window to listen and look for a train, when the rear impact occurred.  It is Georgia law that school buses must stop, activate the amber lights and open the door and window  to look and listen for trains before traveling over railroad tracks. This is standard protocol whether their are children on the bus or not.
The impact caused the bus to be pushed more than 100 yards before coming to rest in the middle of the grass median. Law enforcement  and first responders arrived quickly to the scene. The Bulloch County Schools' bus driver was transported to East Georgia Regional Medical Center and is reported to be in stable condition.
Bus #024 serves Langston Chapel Elementary and Langston Chapel Middle School. The Transportation Department dispatched an alternate bus to serve Bus #024's route, pick up the children and get them to school on time.
Each day, Bulloch County Schools' bus drivers travel more than 6,000 miles to transport more than 5,000 children to and from school.  In addition to their more than 100 school bus routes, they also travel an additional 52,000 miles annually for field trips and athletic events.  Combined, BCS drivers travel more than 1.1 million miles per year.
As you travel, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and all school systems urge you to remember that stop means stop.  Georgia has one of the highest rates of child injuries and fatalities due to vehicles improperly passing stopped school buses.  In Bulloch County alone, our drivers have reported up to 60 vehicle violations in one day.  Please help us keep children safe. When you see a bus's stop sign extended and its lights flashing, stop.  If you're in doubt as to whether you should stop, always stop.

Join us for the Second Annual Langston Chapel Rockin' Blue Devil 5K Run/Funwalk. Get your run/walk on while listening to your favorite music at Statesboro High's Womack Field. Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers, Overall Male and Female winners and  1st and 2nd place in all age categories


Online registration is available here through active.com or participants can register the day before the race from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at LCMS or the day of the race at 8:00 a.m. at Womack Field.  The main race begins at 9:00 a.m., followed by the fun walk at 10:00 a.m. and the awards ceremony at 10:30 a.m.


Registration for the 5K Run is $20 for middle & high school students and adults 18 and over.  For middle and high school athletes wearing a school jersey or t-shirt, or elementary students the 5K Run cost is $15. One Mile Funwalk registration is $5 for elementary and $10 for middle-school ages and up.


The event is open to the community. LCMS would like to extend a special welcome to its feeder schools Langston Chapel Elementary, Sallie Zetterower Elementary, and Mill Creek Elementary School. All proceeds benefit the LCMS Parent Teacher Organization to fund school and athletic needs.