Jun. 15—”It might look like college let loose for the summer season, however we’re nonetheless very a lot in full swing, and that is the enjoyable stuff,” Amy Smith mentioned Thursday throughout a particular summer season read-and-eat occasion for youth at North Whitfield Center College. There are “loads of cool issues taking place.”
Not solely have been youngsters capable of get meals by the varsity system’s summer season feeding program, they have been capable of choose up books to learn, seize exercise books for enrichment and even pet a pair of remedy canine, mentioned Smith, director of center college curriculum for Whitfield County Faculties. Numerous neighborhood companions assisted, from the Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library offering books to volunteers from Engineered Flooring passing out exercise books and different favors.
“We wish to volunteer and assist locally,” mentioned Louis Fordham, vp of Engineered Flooring and a former member of the Whitfield County Board of Training. “We’re capable of double up on this trigger and complement them with manpower.”
North Whitfield Center College is “historically our largest open website” for summer season feeding, so “it is a actually nice location” to go out books, Smith mentioned. Whitfield County Faculties media specialists compiled an inventory of “partaking” titles for youth to pick from, and “by studying extra, you enhance.”
Members of the Boys and Ladies Membership walked over to the varsity from Edwards Park for the occasion.
Remington Dunn, a rising fifth-grader at Beaverdale Elementary College, appreciates the free meals, and he was excited to select up exercise books and books to learn, he mentioned. By remaining engaged throughout the summer season, he’ll be in a greater place at the beginning of the 2022-23 college yr, however he was additionally wanting ahead to petting the “pleasant” canine.
“We have actually missed the children,” mentioned JoAnne Davis, who introduced remedy canine Shaonia along with her. “She loves the children,” and Shaonia will even sit for lengthy stretches with youngsters as they learn to her.
Having the ability to carry youth for meals to North Whitfield Center College throughout the summer season is “superb,” mentioned Jennifer Barron, who’s working this summer season for the Boys and Ladies Golf equipment and has three of her youngsters — Annlee, Ally and Addyson — within the group at Edwards Park. “It is actually good.”
The addition of the books for studying, exercise books and remedy canine was much more appreciated, Barron mentioned.
“It is so good for the children and retains their (minds) lively” throughout the summer season.
“All these volunteers are very nice,” and it is impactful for youth “to see faces from the neighborhood enthusiastic about them,” she added. “I like that the neighborhood pours into youngsters, (as a result of) that is vital for them.”
North Whitfield Center College is slated to carry one other learn and feed this Thursday, in addition to June 23, whereas Antioch Elementary College, New Hope Elementary College, Tunnel Hill Elementary College and Valley Level Elementary College are scheduled to do likewise on the identical dates, and Cedar Ridge Elementary College and Eastside Elementary College are set for read-and-feeds Tuesday, June 21. Every occasion is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
For extra details about Whitfield County Faculties’ summer season meals program, together with places and approximate supply occasions, name (706) 876-7264 or (706) 876-7266 or go to https://www.wcsga.web/Web page/1052.
A full record of different summer season programming from Whitfield County Faculties is out there at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/10v_kHrPljHlmETBaMZ_U4pqVlh8-JtZmeIWBS6ZcBo4/view#gid=0.