Jones Elementary Honors Veterans | Community Spirit
Jones Elementary School held a Veterans Day Program and Anti-Bullying Kick-Off Assembly on Wednesday, November 7.
The assembly served as an opportunity for Jones Elementary School to honor local veterans. Dr. Donna Turner, school counselor, began the assembly by speaking to students about the purpose of Veterans Day. A few of the veterans honored at the assembly included Ms. Anastasia Glover, who is a member of the Jones Elementary's School Council, and Mr. Edward Judie Jr., Deputy Superintendent of Student Affairs for the District. Mr. Judie is a 26-year combat arms unit veteran of the U.S. Army.
A number of 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team members were also in attendance for the event, including guest speaker Sgt. Mike Kendrick. Sgt. Kendrick spoke to the students about the history of Veterans Day.
The assembly then transitioned to the anti-bullying portion of the program, which took place outdoors. The Anti-Bullying Assembly was a precursor for the school's celebration of Bullying Prevention Week, which will take place November 12-17.
Mr. Judie told the students that they should be able to come to school and feel safe.
“When you come to school you should have fun, you should learn” he said.
He also told the students to tell an adult if someone is picking on them.
Sgt. Kendrick also spoke to students about how the teamwork he practices in the military can be applied to preventing bullying in the daily lives of students.
“It’s up to you all to take care of each other” he said.
Officer Phillip Sullivan of the Macon Police Department ended the assembly with an upbeat rap, which included a chorus of, "Don’t use drugs, don’t join gangs, cause if you do, you might go insane.”
At the conclusion of the Anti-Bullying Kick-Off Assembly, Jones Elementary Principal Dr. Keela Malone released balloons on the front lawn of the school with the help of some of Jones' top students. The students were told that the balloons represented freedom for our country and freedom from bullying.