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The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet on Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m., for its regular session meeting.  Key agenda items for the meeting include the school district's Strategic Waivers School System Application, revisions to the school system's Board Policy Manual, the proposed 2016-17 school calendar and the preliminary discussions for the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget.  A complete Board Packet is available online at www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/Board in the 2016 Board Packet area.


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.


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.