School Walking Safety
Several dozen students at Sunrise Elementary braved cold temperatures to experience the annual “Walk Your Child to School” safety event. The walk includes several danger scenarios so parents can discuss safety issues with their kids. Multiple first-responding agencies, the Community Traffic Safety Team and the district coordinate the event each year at a different school.
Pink For A Purpose
Dozens of MCPS employees and their family members wore pink and walked for those dealing with breast cancer. Supporting the American Cancer Society’s Walk for a Cure, the district ended up as the No. 1 team when it came to dollar donations this year.
Safe & Sound
It may be December, but this past Halloween provided the first-ever Superintendents’ Safe Halloween Scene event for families. Over 800 students, along with parents, siblings and other family members, enjoyed free food, fun and candy at the District East complex on the MTI campus. Feedback was so strong, the district has made this an annual event.
5 In 4 Years
West Port Senior Jasmine Weathers is the fifth Marion County student in four years named a semifinalist in the Leaders for Life college scholarship program. Worth $40,000, Jasmine is one of just 12 high school seniors statewide being considered for the prestigious scholarship. An entourage representing the Take Stock in Children program and the Public Education Foundation of Marion County surprised Jasmine in class with the great news. Jasmine learns later this month if she wins the final honor!
Talk about dreaming big! Harbour View Elementary students experienced life-sized motorized units up close and personal for their Vehicle Day recently. The experience let students talk with adults in various careers—law enforcement, helicopter pilots, milk truck drivers, military members and others—to learn how giant vehicles impact our daily lives.
Thousands of students gathered to celebrate local heroes for this year’s official Marion County Veterans Day Program. The school district has presented the student-led ceremony for 11 years now and includes special essays and music just for veterans. Public schools in Marion County do not close for Veterans Day because local veterans groups have requested they remain open so students can learn about service and sacrifice. This is certainly done with flair thanks to thousands participating in this year’s special program.
Happy Hair Days
Some crazy things happen at school, including these hilarious hairdos at Harbour View Elementary. Students and some staff members contributed to this year’s “Crazy Hair Day” in some very interesting and creative ways—everything from coffee and donuts to sodas, spiders and more!