Schools Celebrate American Education Week | Community Spirit
District schools celebrated American Education Week in late November.
Rice Elementary School kicked off American Education Week with an assembly on Monday, November 18. The guest speaker for the assembly was Dr. James Beverly, who is a state House representative, and a member of Leadership Georgia and the Board of Directors of Communities in Schools of Central Georgia. About 10 veterans in attendance (relatives of faculty and staff members) were recognized during the assembly in honor of Veterans Day. Kindergarten students performed the song "We're Going to College," and the Rice Dance Team performed "Rocking for Education" and showed a video to the audience demonstrating to students how important it is for students not to bully others, to make good grades and be respectful.
Other events throughout the week included Substitute's Day on Tuesday, when the faculty and staff served coffee and donuts to substitute teachers and volunteers at Rice, and "Educator for a Day" MPact on Wednesday, with a volunteer group from the Middle Georgia area reading to students in kindergarten through second grade. On Thursday, the school celebrated National Parental Involvement Day with special guest Dr. Kenyatta Stephens, a Public Health Analyst/Epidemiologist from the CACI/CDC, who spoke to parents and students after conducting a chemical reaction experiment: The Fizzy Soda. Parents and staff were engaged during the mini-lecture concerning pH balance, acids and sanitation. Math Coach Amaris Hawkins also used pizza slices, rice, marshmallows and Play-Doh to demonstrate to parents various math strategies to use with students at home.
As a part of its celebration of American Education Week, Taylor Elementary School modified the nationwide theme of “Educator for a Day” to create the school’s “How We Reach” program. “How We Reach” was designed to give insight into the various ways school personnel “reach out” to educate and nurture students. Expanding the spirit of the “Educator for a Day” theme, Taylor invited local community leaders into their school to experience the various ways students are supported.