Thomasville High School’s newest CTAE Pathway, Early Childhood Education, collected a total of 652 books during their Future Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Lil Pup Book Drive. Kathryn Prothro’s THS FCCLA donated 355 to Scott Elementary, 228 books to Harper Elementary, and 69 Christian-themed books to a local church preschool. The club and ECE classes strive to promote literacy throughout the Thomasville City Elementary schools. They started the book drive during December then realized they needed more books donated, so they extended it through to Valentine's Day and themed it “Spread the Love of Reading.” The students categorized the books that were received by age appropriateness and readability level for each grade level.
THS AFJROTC took 8 cadets to witness the Tuskegee Airmen 'Rise Above' Red Tail and P-51C Mustang Exhibit in Tallahassee. Each cadet has amassed at least 12 community service hours this school year. The exhibit included a documentary detailing the struggles and victories of the Tuskegee Airmen and cadets were able to see a P-51C Mustang, the plane of the Tuskegee Airmen, one of few in existence, still air worthy! Cadets were honored to meet A.J. Brickler III, M.D., a Tallahassee native and pilot who spoke on African American contributions to flying. Cadets voluntarily worked as escorts to elderly dementia patients from Pacifica Senior Living in Tallahassee.
Thomasville City Schools Elementary Gifted and Talented Education Services (GATES) Program students in third through fifth grades recently traveled to Driftwood Education Center to extend their classroom learning. Driftwood Education Center is located on St. Simons Island, one of the Georgia Barrier Islands, surrounded by miles of salt marsh and acres of maritime forest. The program they participated in incorporates math, science, language arts, and social studies with outdoor, activity-oriented classes. Students learned about: marine biology, salt marsh ecology, reptiles, low country cultures, and other science related areas over their three-day, two-night field trip. Classes included: Muck, Snails and Rails (learning about marshlands), Gator Tales (Georgia reptiles), Jekyll Island Exploration and Hike, Brain Twister STEM activity, and Evening Exploration (nocturnal activities).
The Character Education word at Harper Elementary for December was Compassion. Harper’s Counselor, Unetkia Sales taught all students in grades Pre-K through 5th the definition of “compassion” and provided them with examples of how they can show compassion at school and in their community. In an effort to bring learning to life, students in grades 3-5, had an opportunity to experience, "The Compassion Tour,” which was located at Victory Fellowship Church. The students were able to get a glimpse of what it is like to be live in a third-world country. They students enjoyed the experience and their responses were enlightening.
Jerger Elementary Kindergarten classes presented “Our Country—America” for two audiences on February 12 & 13, 2019. Patriotic favorites like “Yankee Doodle,” “God Bless the USA,” and “My Country Tis of Thee” were sung with pride. A salute to the branches of the armed forces and Presidents of the United States, past and present, were some of the featured acts that included bald eagles, Lady Liberty, and shiny red, white, and blue costumes.
MacIntyre Park Middle School students received some sanctioned “screen time” during a Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) celebration. Students were treated to ice cream on the school patio and then took turns playing a variety of video games in the mobile gaming truck that was on campus throughout the day. (Left) MPMS Principal Dr. Tret Witherspoon gives instructions to each group of students as they wait their turn to play. (Middle) Dr. Witherspoon, Rachael Stanteiski, Jordan Bush, Jacky Serrano, Sarah Kate Still, Zoey Williams, and Jennifer Peterson participate in PBIS Gaming Truck Reward Celebration. (Right) Students chose from many different games to play on large screens for some fun to reward them for good behavior.