L4GA Grant activities on highlight at BOE

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – Highlighting the L4GA Grant (The Literacy for Learning, Living and Leading in Georgia Grant) in January, Gilmer Schools have been talking about the fruits of the grant, Literacy Nights and Book Donations. These events are a part of Gilmer’s usage of the grant and their attempt to “get the message out that Reading Matters!”

According to Katrina Kingsley, GCCSS Pre-K Director and PBIS District Coordinator, all of Gilmer County Schools were awarded the L4GA Grant this school year in order to promote literacy and language development for children in the community. Kingsley made an official release stating “On January 11th, a total of 250 books were given to the following community members: Gilmer County DFCS, Gilmer County Health Department, Piedmont Urgent Care, East Ellijay Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, and Lifetime Medical Center.”

That’s not all as the school is already planning additional book donations to the community for the spring of 2019.

Lottie Mitchell, Gilmer County Schools Chief Academic Officer, right, giving books to Piedmont Urgent Care receptionist.

Lottie Mitchell, Gilmer County Schools Chief Academic Officer, right, giving books to
Piedmont Urgent Care receptionist.

Additionally, Lottie Mitchell, Chief Academic Officer of the Gilmer County Charter School System, took time during January’s meeting to highlight the points of Literacy Nights, an event that each school in the system has already hosted once this year. A family night of fun and books, the events showcases the importance of reading and its effects on students.

Kingsley also noted that a child who reads 20 minutes per day is exposed to 1.8 million words per year and scores in the 90th percentile on standardized tests. A child who reads 5 minutes per day is exposed to 282,000 words per year and scores in the 50th percentile on standardized tests. A child who reads one minute per day is exposed to 8,000 words per year and scores in the 10th percentile on standardized tests.

The school system’s goal is to encourage parents to read to their children and to encourage their children to read at home in order for students to experience higher levels of academic success. Taking the time to highlight these Literacy Nights and the Book Donations is the next step in accomplishing that goal.

Left to right, Katrina Kingsley, Gillmer County Pre-K Director, Jennifer Farmer, Gilmer County Department of Children and Family Services Director, and Lottie Mitchell, Gilmer County Schools Chief Academic Officer.

Left to right, Katrina Kingsley, Gillmer County Pre-K Director, Jennifer Farmer, Gilmer County Department of Children and Family Services Director, and Lottie Mitchell, Gilmer County Schools Chief Academic Officer.

Katrina Kingsley, Gillmer County Pre-K Director, Tiffany Baker, East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, and Lottie Mitchell, Gilmer County Schools Chief Academic Officer.

Katrina Kingsley, Gillmer County Pre-K Director, Tiffany Baker, East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, and Lottie Mitchell, Gilmer County Schools Chief Academic Officer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left to right, Katrina Kingsley, Gillmer County Pre-K Director, Dr. Alana Kent, Lifetime Medical Center and Lottie Mitchell, Gilmer County Schools Chief Academic Officer.

Left to right, Katrina Kingsley, Gillmer County Pre-K Director, Dr. Alana Kent, Lifetime Medical Center and Lottie Mitchell, Gilmer County Schools Chief Academic Officer.

Left to right, Katrina Kingsley, Gillmer County Pre-K Director, Krystal Sumner, Gilmer County Health Department Nurse Manager, and Lottie Mitchell, Gilmer County Schools Chief Academic Officer.

Left to right, Katrina Kingsley, Gillmer County Pre-K Director, Krystal Sumner, Gilmer County Health Department Nurse Manager, and Lottie Mitchell, Gilmer County Schools Chief Academic Officer.

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Ralston visits MVE to read as part of Georgia Pre-K Week

Bobcat's Corner, News

ELLIJAY, Ga. – Mountain View Elementary (MVE) school hosted the Georgia Speaker of the House, Rep. David Ralston, on Thursday, October 4, as part of the Georgia Pre-k Week program.

Originally launched in 1992, Georgia Pre-K is a lottery-funded program serving four-year-olds in the state regardless of parental income. After almost losing the program to cuts in 2010, the Pre-K Week celebration was created to emphasize the importance of quality early childhood education by providing opportunities for leaders to engage with pre-k classrooms in their local communities.

Ralston’s visit came to MVE in its second year of the return to pre-school classes at their location. Visiting both pre-k classrooms, he read Behind the Little Red Door in Katlin Johnston’s class and Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons in Gina Brock’s class.

Having previously visited Ellijay Primary school year’s ago, his return to the new location is made possibly by Gilmer County’s L4GA Grant providing supplemental literacy funds to the education system. A part of the grant, the “Birth-to-5 piece,” is the major part of increasing literacy and putting books into the hands of kids at home. By extensions, educators hope to build the language skills and development for not only those children, but also to other younger children in the household as well.

Gilmer’s Pre-K Director Katrina Kingsley told FYN this is usually an annual event to host lawmaker’s in our schools and allow them firsthand knowledge of what’s going on in these classrooms. Kingsley asserted the importance of programs like this as it not only educates lawmakers on our schools, but the grant and program allow pre-k teachers to affect even more students. Just as the body needs food and nourishment, Kingsley said these kids need “nourishment for the brain.

 

Check out more photos of the event at FYN’s Facebook Page.

 

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Check It Out @ Gilmer Library

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“Check It Out” @ The Gilmer Library

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“Check It Out” at the Gilmer Library

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This Week @ Gilmer County Library: July 19, 2017 – July 26, 2017
Heath Lee – Library Manager

The 2017 Summer Reading Program is winding down with only a week remaining. Be sure to work hard to complete your logs and remember to turn them in before August 1st to receive awards and to enter to win some fantastic prizes. Check our Facebook page for more SRP details.

Youth Programs
Bubble Magic with Ziggy
Thursday, July 20 @ 3:00 PM
Join us for our SRP Finale! Musical magic show with bubbles and the Amazing Ziggy!

Teen Programs
Zombies at the Library
Friday, July 21 @ 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Bring your Nerf guns and ammunition to take out the zombie horde that has infiltrated the library. But be careful, or you could be turned into a zombie. Meet & greet with snacks and instructions at 5:30. Zombie outbreak begins at 6:00. Grades 6-12

The Friends of the Library Bookshelf
Remember that the library welcomes donations of gently read books and magazines. Those that the library does not need come to the Bookshelf, with all the proceeds benefiting the library.  Do not forget to visit the “back room” of the Bookshelf for newly stocked non-fiction and magazines.

Bookshelf hours are from 10:30-5:00 on weekdays and from 12:00-2:00 on Saturdays

Location and Contact Information
Address: 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540.
Phone: 706-635-4528.  Fax: 706-635-3528.
http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/gilmer
https://www.facebook.com/GilmerLibrary
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday and Saturday 9AM-6PM.

“Check It Out” at The Gilmer Library

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This Week @ Gilmer County Library: July 12, 2017 – July 19, 2017
Heath Lee – Library Manager

The 2017 Summer Reading Program is winding down with only a few weeks remaining. Be sure to work hard to complete your logs and remember to turn them in before August 1st to receive awards and to enter to win some fantastic prizes. Check our Facebook page for more SRP details.

Youth Programs
Family Story Times
Wednesday, July 12 @ 10:30 AM
Wednesday, July 12 @ 4:00 PM
All ages welcome. Family Story Time is an excellent way to strengthen your children’s literacy skills, and all stories are always followed by a simple craft you can complete with your child

Touch-A-Truck
Thursday, July 13 @ 11:00 AM
Come check out the new hot ride on the Ellijay Police force- the new motorcycle! Other vehicles include: police car, ambulance, fire truck & more! Free Kettle Corn from HWY 52 Kettle Corn while supplies last!

Kids Jujitsu
Monday, July 17 @ 2:00 PM
Learn Jujitsu basics with instructor Sarah Glaze

Kendama Club
Tuesday, July 18 @ 3:00 PM
A Kendama is a Japanese skill toy that has become popular all over the world. Use one of our Kendamas or bring your own and share your tips and tricks with others. All levels welcome!
Age: 9+, 9 and under with adult supervision

Adult Programs
Preserving Your Family Recipes
Thursday, July 13 @ 6:00 PM
Valerie Frey, author of Preserving Family Recipes, will discuss the value of recipes and examine these artifacts as historical documents. Includes preservation tips and approaches to engage with the dynamic history and function of your family recipes.

Saturday Matinee: Viewer’s Choice
Saturday, July 15 @ 2:00 PM
This week’s movie selection will be chosen by our patron’s so stop in and see what surprise movie we will be showing. Free refreshments will be offered.

Women’s Self Defense
Monday, July 17 @ 6:00 PM
Awareness, assertiveness, verbal confrontation skills, safety strategies, and physical techniques that enable someone to successfully escape, resist, and survive. Presented by Sarah Glaze.

The Friends of the Library Bookshelf
Remember that the library welcomes donations of gently read books and magazines. Those that the library does not need come to the Bookshelf, with all the proceeds benefiting the library.  Do not forget to visit the “back room” of the Bookshelf for newly stocked non-fiction and magazines.

Bookshelf hours are from 10:30-5:00 on weekdays and from 12:00-2:00 on Saturdays

Location and Contact Information
Address: 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540.
Phone: 706-635-4528.  Fax: 706-635-3528.
http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/gilmer
https://www.facebook.com/GilmerLibrary
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday and Saturday 9AM-6PM.

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“Check It Out” at The Gilmer County Library

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This Week @ Gilmer County Library: July 5, 2017 – July 12, 2017
Heath Lee – Library Manager

The 2017 Summer Reading Program doesn’t end until July 31st. This year’s theme is “Build a Better World”, and SRP participation provides great benefits to young children in the form of continued literacy awareness, social involvement, and experiencing new ideas. However, SRP is not solely for youngsters. The SRLS SRP encompasses all ages. We offer activities for young children, teens, and adults. Expect fun times and plenty of programs this summer. Check our Facebook page for more SRP details.

Youth Programs
Family Story Times
Wednesday, July 5 @ 10:30 AM
Wednesday, July 5 @ 4:00 PM
All ages welcome. Family Story Time is an excellent way to strengthen your children’s literacy skills, and all stories are always followed by a simple craft you can complete with your child

I Spy
Thursday, July 6 @ 11:00 AM
Based on the popular I Spy books, this program will put your spying skills to the test!
Age: all ages, 9 and under with adult supervision

Lego + Crew & The Lego Batman Movie
Saturday, July 8 @ 2:00 PM
This month’s Lego Club includes a special viewing of the new Lego Batman movie. Watch the movie while building your special creation, which will be displayed in the library until next month’s meeting. Age: All ages, 9 and under with adult supervision

Kids Yoga
Monday July 10 @ 2:00 PM
Relax and get fit with Yoga for Kids! Age: All ages, 9 and under with adult supervision

Birds of Prey Animal Program
Tuesday, July 11 @ 3:00 PM
Get up close and personal with different birds of prey such as owls and hawks. These birds are amazing. Program presented by Amicalola Falls State Park.

Family Story Times
Wednesday, July 12 @ 10:30 AM
Wednesday, July 12@ 4:00 PM
All ages welcome. Family Story Time is an excellent way to strengthen your children’s literacy skills, and all stories are always followed by a simple craft you can complete with your child

Teen Programs
STEM Camp – Mission: Save the Library
Friday, July 7 @ 3:00 PM
Use STEM to save the library in this 5-part camp. Each part stands alone or attend all for maximum fun. Age: 8-14, 9 and under with adult supervision

TableTop Games
Monday, July 10 @ 5:00 PM
Put your skills to the test at different tabletop games. These games aren’t the games you’ve played a hundred times. Games include King of Tokyo, Seven Wonders, Splendor, and more! Free snacks!
Grades 6-12

Adult Programs
What’s in My Food???
Thursday, July 6 @ 6:00 PM
The downfalls of the traditional American diet and how to choose the right nutrient rich food for you. Presented by Dietary Apothecary Sarah Burnett, MS, RD, LD.

The Friends of the Library Bookshelf
Remember that the library welcomes donations of gently read books and magazines. Those that the library does not need come to the Bookshelf, with all the proceeds benefiting the library.  Do not forget to visit the “back room” of the Bookshelf for newly stocked non-fiction and magazines.

Bookshelf hours are from 10:30-5:00 on weekdays and from 12:00-2:00 on Saturdays

Location and Contact Information
Address: 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540.
Phone: 706-635-4528.  Fax: 706-635-3528.
http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/gilmer
https://www.facebook.com/GilmerLibrary
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday and Saturday 9AM-6PM.

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