After the year Clayton County Public Schools, its children, parents and residents have endured, this particular first day of school will truly be a fresh start for all.
For the past six years, the “Day One” program has recruited volunteers, parents and teachers to welcome students on their first day of class. Complementing its “Celebration of Learning” theme, this event will also serve as a kick-off to acquire volunteers for various needs throughout the school year.
Day One’s success depends solely upon recruiting volunteers. “We need parents and the community to be a part of our students’ lives because it lets them know that their community cares about them and wants them to be successful,” says Day One Coordinator Rhonda Burnough. Over 800 participated in 2008, and the goal is to attain 1,000 volunteers for 2009.
Volunteering will only take about one hour of your time. You are needed to greet students with a smile, offer some encouraging words for the upcoming school year and give them a token. Each school will provide volunteers with a bag breakfast, a certificate of service and a letter for their employer.
“Through this demonstration of community support for our students, Clayton County is sending an important message that learning is a key to a successful future,” adds Superintendent Edmond Heatley. “It is my hope that this will serve as a springboard for Clayton’s citizens to become active volunteers in our schools. Working together, we can do great things for our children.”
The first day of school is next Monday, Aug. 10, and volunteer start times are as follows: elementary school at 7 AM; middle school at 8 AM; and high school at 7 AM.. Please contact Burnough at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-473-2660 to sign up.
If you have experienced Day One in any capacity, please share your thoughts.
In addition, bring your family out for Clayton’s very own “Back To School Bash” with tons of inflatables, train rides, food and fun on Saturday, Aug.8, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the old Clayton County Courthouse. Chick-fil-A will sell their delicious chicken sandwiches and donate all proceeds directly to CCPS.
Support CCPS at this event by donating school supplies such as wide-ruled notebook paper (in packs); 8 1/2 x 11 spiral bound notebooks; No. 2 pencils (in packs); or 16-count crayon packs. Receive a FREE Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich coupon in exchange for your donation, redeemable at any Chick-fil-A, Truett’s Grill or Dwarf House location in Clayton.