‘Community Cares’ event educates, entertains

Parents and staff from Gum Springs Elementary School led their students from the Jackson EMC demonstration to their next station.

Parents and staff from Gum Springs Elementary School led their students from the Jackson EMC demonstration to their next station.

Cars and trucks (and things that go) captivated nearly 300 pre-kindergarten students from all six Jackson County elementary schools Nov. 1 when “Community Cares 4 Pre-K” took place at the site of the former West Jackson Primary School.

The children visited with representatives of public health and safety agencies, community organizations, and dozens of local businesses and farms. Click here to see more photos on our district Facebook page.

North Jackson Elementary School Pre-K students listened intently to the presentation provided by the Farm Bureau about the work done locally to provide food for family and school tables.

North Jackson Elementary School Pre-K students listened intently to the presentation provided by the Farm Bureau about the work done locally to provide food for family and school table.

Parents and grandparents joined teachers and paraprofessionals to lead the children through the various stations, helping representatives lift the children into tractors, trucks, and emergency vehicles. They learned that food comes from farms, that matches and lighters should be handled by adults, that trash pollutes our waterways, and more.

Jackson EMC was on hand with a safety lesson and a bucket truck, Kona Ice had a treat for every child as the morning warmed up under blue skies, and Lawson Funeral Home had a coffin-shaped grill to toast marshmallows to make s’mores, a perfect post-Halloween treat.

Chick-fil-A of Braselton sent its cow mascot — actually, “a cow in a costume,” according to one very solemn four-year-old, pointing out the difference between the two-legged visitor and the four-legged real cows nearby — and the students got up close and personal with a helicopter from the Georgia State Patrol before watching it take off at the end of the morning’s events.

Organized by Linda Bell and Judi Williamson, who lead the Jackson County School System pre-K program at the district level, the program was one of several across the state highlighted by the Georgia Department of Education’s Family-School Partnership.

The Jackson County School System serves approximately 8,300 students in pre-K through 12th grade across the county.

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Three little girls from Maysville Elementary School explored the inside of a U.S. Mail delivery truck during the Nov. 1 "Community Cares 4 Pre-K" event. Farm tractors, 18-wheelers, and emergency responders' vehicles -- even the Georgia State Patrol helicopter -- also were on hand for up-close examination by the nearly 300 Jackson County School System pre-kindergarten students.

Three little girls from Maysville Elementary School explored the inside of a U.S. Mail delivery truck during the Nov. 1 “Community Cares 4 Pre-K” event. Farm tractors, 18-wheelers, and emergency responders’ vehicles — even the Georgia State Patrol helicopter — also were on hand for up-close examination by the nearly 300 Jackson County School System pre-kindergarten students.

Jamie Dove of the Jackson County planning and zoning office and Keep Jackson Beautiful talked with children and adults from West Jackson Elementary School about pollution and litter using a table top "community" model -- with soil and groundwater pollution created with powdered hot cocoa.

Jamie Dove of the Jackson County planning and zoning office and Keep Jackson Beautiful talked with children and adults from West Jackson Elementary School about pollution and litter using a table top “community” model — with soil and groundwater pollution created with powdered hot cocoa.