South Effingham Elemetnary held its fifth annual holiday festival. The annual fundraiser for the PTO is one of the largest the school has each year. Last year's festival brought in more than 2,000 people.
The mentoring program, "PALS," was started at South Effingham High School 10 years ago under the capable leadership of master teachers, Mose Mock and Bill McIlrath. Mock, who has anchored, advised and taught the FFA program for most of his long career, started his FFA students working with eighth grade boys from Bethesda Home for Boys, who were already taking an animal science class from McIlrath.
The Effingham County Even Start Reading Is Fundamental program will be celebrating its first book distribution on Dec. 10, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Central Learning Center, 434 Wallace Dr. in Springfield. The book distribution event is made possible through RIF, the nation's oldest and largest children's and family literacy organization, and a grant awarded to the Effingham County Even Start program.
Sand Hill Elementary honored all veterans including parents, family, friends and staff members, with a special recognition for service men and women from its community partner, the 165th Airlift Wing Maintenance Air Squadron of the Georgia Air National Guard during its Veterans Day observance on Nov. 9.
The Armstrong Alumni Center will host an open house party for all former Armstrong students on June 5 from 5:30-7 p.m. in Burnett Hall. The Alumni Association will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. in Jenkins Theater on the same evening.
Mark Blankenship Jr. of Rincon was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Blankenship was initiated at Georgia Southern University.
From liquid nitrogen used to make dipping dots to flying simulated aircraft to shaking to make butter to baby alligators to the potato gun, the annual Effingham County Middle School math and science night had plenty from which to choose and learn.
South Effingham High School juniors and seniors participated in Teen Maze on Tuesday. During the game, students encountered a variety of obstacles that can prevent or delay their graduation from high school. Teen Maze demonstrates to students that every decision they make has consequences and some of those consequences are not good. Volunteers from local hopsitals, school, EMS, fire and members of the Effingham County Sheriff's Office helped with the event.
Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation that would implement an opportunity school district to turn around failing schools. This law provides the framework for how the OSD would work should voters approve a constitutional amendment in 2016.
The Georgia Southern University all-girl cheerleading squad secured its fifth national championship title at the 2015 National Cheerleading Association Collegiate National Championships held in Daytona Beach, Fla.