2018-04-04 / Front Page

Unity, More Action, Less Talk

Over 100 people attended a Community Improvement Meeting March 27 at the Blakely Civic Center hosted by the Early County School System, City of Blakely, Early County, and the Blakely-Early County Chamber of Commerce.

“We were so excited to see such a large group of people who wanted to work together to bring our community together,” said ECSS PR Director Ashley Rhodes Collier. I feel that everyone had a voice and everyone also shared their love of Blakely. It is evident that our community will continue to thrive.”

The overall statement from the participants reflected unity in the community and the need to take action instead of talking about issues.

ECSS Superintendent Dr. Bronwyn Ragan- Martin opened the meeting. Tammy Storey, ECSS Parent Involvement Coordinator, intro- duced the meeting’s theme — “Making Our Community Better.”

The format was a cafĂ© style discussion with participants sitting at round tables, and discussed four discussion questions every 10 minutes. Each table had a table host who wrote down the participants’ ideas.

The questions discussed were about school safety, hopes and dreams for our families and community, respectfully acknowledging cultural differences that exist in our community and utilizing opportunities available for all in our community.

Important goals discussed included after school programs such as a Boys and Girls Club, a community center for students with academic assistance and organized recreation, more cultural opportunities for art and music outside of school, teaching trades to students who don’t want to attend school, free sporting lessons and events for youth who cannot pay for organized sports.

Other ideas discussed included a city park, an Arts Council and more large community events like Peanut Proud.

Participants also suggested citizens come together and share their talents by offering enrichment activities for the young and old.

Children at the meeting were entertained by the Early County High FCCLA chapter and JROTC cadets. Members of the football team and Coach Joel Harvin along with ECSS Food Services Director William Shippee prepared a hot dog supper.

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