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UPCOMING EVENTS IN MONROE COUNTY Calendar items run free of charge as a community service each week as space allows. Mail items for the Community Calen- dar, to Diane Glidewell at by am. on Monday. Jan. 10 Readers to Leaders Training Class The Rea ers to Lead- ers Volunteer Program for Monroe County 1 Schools Pre-K through 2nd grade will have a training class on Friday, Jan. TO at 9 am. at the BOE central office, 25 Brooklyn Ave, Forsyth. For more information, call 478-994-203. Until Jan. To Sign up for4-H Shotgun Team Monroe County 4-H Shotgun Team sign ups have begun and will continue until Jan. TO. Sign-up 8 a.m.-5 pm. at the Monroe County Ex- tension Otfice, 484 Hwy' 83 South. Cost is $l25. For more information, call 478-993- l2l4. Jan. 20 Culloden Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration To recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Culloden will have a march starting at 9 am. to St. Phillip AME. Church, 36 Fort Valley Road. The speaker at the program following the march will be Bibb County Commissioner Bert Bivins., who will speak on memories of Dr. King and his experi- ences during the Civil Rights Era. Martin Luther King Jr. Da celebration The 20 O MLK Ce|~ ebration in Forsyth will include breakfast, a march/parade from the square to Kynette United Methodist Church, a remembrance program and lunch. The com— memorative program will be at Kynette UMC, 266 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. For more information, contact James Green at 478- Q73-l743. Jan. 23 De-dutter, prevent pests Monroe County Exten- sion will present a free class on ridding homes of clutter and prevent- ing pantry pests on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 pm. at the Man- roe County Extension Otfice, 484 Highway 83 South, Forsyth. Speakers will be Phil- lip Hensley, Spalding County agent and Nicole Walters, Monroe County agent. RSVP to 478-993- l2l4. Jan.‘ 24 Annual Chamber of Commerce Meeting Awards The Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Meeting 8. Community Awards at Monroe County Confer- ence Center, 475 Holi- day Circle, Forsyth on Friday, Jan. 24 at 6 pm. For tickets and more information, contact Kari at 478-994—9239. Jan. 24- 25 T.G. Scott presents ’Ihe Rodcin’ Tale of Snow White’ TG. Scott Elementary School will present 'The Rockin' Tale of Snow White' at Monroe County Fine Arts Center, 27 Brooklyn Ave., Forsyth on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24 8. 25. Tickets are $5. See CALENDAR Page 4C C llllllllIllIlIlIlIllIllllllllltlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllIlllIlllllllIlllllllIlllllllllllllllllllIIIIIIIlllllllIIIIIIIllllllllllll|llllllllIllIlIllll|lIIII|IIlIIIlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllIlllllllllIIIIIIlIlIIIIIIIlIIlIlII . ommum l January 8, 2020 Ardtlnd Monroe County » Forsyth o Juliette 0 High Falls 0 Bolingbroke o Cullo en 0 Smarr Bolingbroke's Edge as imprsive step and t any of you attended the Bolingbroke . Christ- mas parade and may have noticed among the many wonderful parade entries, one particular group that stood out. I was very impressed, to say the least, and wanted to formally in- troduce to you Drew Edge of Bolingbroke. Drew is a member of the Georgia Volunteer Battalion and plays with the fife and drum corps. His group of four marched in the parade showing off their musical talents and were dressed in civil war army uniforms. I was curious as to their story, so I met with Drew and learned of his passion for civil war reenacting. Drew said he studied the civil war in the 5th grade and became very interested in the history. He also began his music interest and began playing the trumpet in the 5th grade. His father, Scott Edge, and a family friend, Kevin Sark, took him to Andersonville where he was outfitted and became a participant. He became a runner (messenger) and after two years graduated to a rifleman. He said there was always a lack of mu— sicians; he was promoted VICKI SMITH to Sergeant 8c Bugler in 2018. Now his primary job is to take care of the fife and drum corps. He said there are five in his group and they come from all over the state. Drew said the parade was the first time they played together as a full group. Drew said he attended 11 reenacting events in 2019, traveling all over the southeast. He explained that they are all volunteer and self-financed. He said his love of music and the continued learning of the history of the civil war are very enjoyable and he plans to attend even more events in 2020. He said the pub- lic is welcome to come and be spectators at any reenactment event; the closest one will be held the first weekend of May in Jones County ‘Old Clinton War Days’. Drew usually plays the fife - a ‘cousin’ to the flute. Since the rise of the modern army in the late 16th century, trained fifers and drum- mers have been adopted and used by armies to signal predatory alerts and execution signals as well as times of day for troops. They signal when the troops should rise in the morning 8: retire at night, when to eat, when to assemble and to sound an alarm. Trained musi- cians also play popular Drew Edge of Bolingbroke brought the Ga. Volunteer Battalion Fife Drum Corps to the Bolingbroke Christmas Parade on Dec. 7 to the delight of everyone who came out to watch the annual event. music on the march or while in camp. Drums have an important role in the military and date farther back in history. Drew says he has learned a lot in his years of vol- unteering and plans to keep fifing as long as he can. Drew graduated from Mary Persons High in 2017 and is currently a history student at Gor- don State College. After graduating college next year, he plans to at- tend umpire school. He currently umpires high schoolsoftball and base: ball. Umpire school is in Vero Beach, Fla, and af— ter completing the school Drew will be eligible to umpire in minor league baseball. Drew and his fife and drum corps are available for your private events and recently played taps at a funeral. He said they are open to play- ing at weddings, church events, etc. If you are interested in hiring this very talented group or would like to know more about upcoming civil war events, please email him at gvbfifeanddrum@ ~~ You may also visit the website of the Georgia volunteer battalion to learn more at: Georgia- volunteerbattallionorg The Bugler is Buddy lowers Fife & Bugler is Drew Edge. The Fife: is Isaac Young. The Snare Drum is Jennifer Gunn. The Bass Drum is Ben Morris. The Junior Drummer is Chance Sprague. Vicki Smith cov- ers Bolingbroke for the Reporter. She and her husband, Bobby Lee, own e’w operate Properties Plus Realty, and she is presi- dent ofBolingbroke Com— munity‘Clab” which gives as the beloved Boling- broke Christmas parade. Superintendent says By Diane Glidewell With the 2019-20 school year at its mid-point, Super- intendent Dr. Mike Hick- man gave his second annual State of Education address on Friday, Dec. 13. With the lure of a luncheon featuring roast beef prepared under the direction of Monroe County Schools Nutrition Director Lisa Singley and the venue of the Fine Arts Center lobby, the event was well-attended in spite of rainy weather. Local city and county officials, Monroe County Hospital, Monroe County , Sheriff’s Office, the School System Central Office, Board of Education, Mary Persons seniors and their parents and Georgia House Representative Robert Dickey attended. “I can’t say enough about our administration in get- ting us where we are today,” said school board chair Nolen Howard. “One thing We have that a lot of schools would love to have is com- munity support.” Hickman said the board shortened its mission state- ment for the school system last year to “Learn, Grow, and Succeed.” He said this is the mission for not only stu- dents but staff and everyone associated with the schools. The school system’s vision is developing students with knowledge and skills to be successful. , “Success means a lot of different things for different kids,” said Hickman. “If we learn everyday, we will grow and succeed. What suc- cess means to us is student performance.” Hickman said he is proud Monroe County Schools have been ranked 9th aca- demically among Georgia Public School systems, but the goal is to be lst in the state. “Every [Monroe County] school improved in the past year, and all are far above the state averages,” said Hickman. “We are within five points of the highest in the state.” He said that he is proud that test scores for all the county schools are almost the same, showing there is unity in the teaching and practices throughout the system. He said Monroe County Schools have more children dealing with pov- erty than any of the other school systems in the state’s local schools 0 M w (mum's * i, , “he right path .y, Pictured above, left to right, are Mary Persons seniors, Anokhi Patel, Terrance Henderson, Taylar Askey, Dylan Fountain. Below, Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman, lett, gets ready to give the State of Education address. top 10. Also all five schools received the maximum five stars in school climate ratings, which are derived from factors like safety and surveys of teachers and parents. Hickman said 54 percent of students in Monroe County Schools are below the poverty rate. He said there is a big gap between students from affluent families and students from impoverished families, with few being in the middle. Lo- cal funds provide 50 percent of the system’s $43 mil- lion budget, with state and federal funds providing the rest plus ESPLOST funding capital projects. The Monroe County School System is the largest employer in the county, with 675 employees; 320 of those are professionally cer- tified. They are now serving 0‘ a 4,172 students, with two of those added last week He said there is a lot of new housing being built in the county, and the schools plan to be ready if the long—antic- ipated population explosion comes to Monroe County. Four members of the Mary Persons Class of 2020 spoke about their planned paths to success after gradu— ation. Dylan Fountain is working for Head Heating & Air through Mary Per- sons Work Based Learn- ing program, and plans to continue in the heating & air field full time after graduation. He has enjoyed being on Mary Persons soc- cer team. Terrance Henderson has enlisted in the US. Air Force and is looking forward to being part of something bigger than himself. He said his high school counselor helped him connect with a military recruiter that offered him a career path. Anokhi Patel plans to attend college, having been accept- ed to University of Georgia and awaiting responses from other applications. She appreciated the leadership opportunities through clubs at Mary Persons and the engaging and entertaining classes provided by teachers like Mr. Magda as well as opportunities in fine arts. Taylar Askew is in the dual enrollment program with Mary Persons and Central Georgia Technical College studying dental hygiene. She appreciates the chance to get a feel for education outside the classroom, and she ap— preciates teachers like Bill Waldrep, Amy Myers and See EDUCATION or}. Page 2C