Businesses enable local author to give away books at AISD

Children’s author Sharon Ellsberry presents her book to students at South Athens Elementary. Local businesses sponsored Ellsberry’s program to give all AISD second-graders a copy of her Thanksgiving-themed storybook. (Toni Garrard Clay/AISD)

By Toni Garrard Clay/AISD Communications Coordinator

Athens-based children’s author Sharon Ellsberry, author “The Spaniel Family” books, teamed up with 12 local businesses in order to give all Athens ISD second-graders a copy of “The Spaniel Family’s Thanksgiving.”

“We’re happy to be able to do this at all three campuses this year,” said Ellsberry. “We want to let the students know that their community cares about them, and we also want to encourage the joy of reading.”

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Malakoff ISD raises over $2,700 for Dickinson ISD

Statement from Malakoff ISD re: helping Dickinson ISD:

Malakoff ISD administrators wanted to help our fellow Texans that lived through Hurricane Harvey. The district decided to partner with another district in the affected areas. We wanted our students to have the opportunity to help others in need. We chose Dickinson ISD. Both Malakoff Elementary and Tool Elementary held spare change donations. Malakoff Middle School held a dance. Malakoff High School held a pie in the face competition with the largest donation designating which staff member would get the pie in the face. Asst. Principal and Band Director Chad Bentley won that honor.

In all, our students and staff raised a total of $2,706.25 for their fellow students in Dickinson ISD. The funds were sent to the Dickinson ISD Education Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

Congratulations, Athens ISD

Athens High School and South Athens Elementary recently received banners of achievement celebrating both campuses’ performance on the Texas Education Agency’s accountability ratings. At the high school, distinctions were designated in academic achievement in mathematics, academic achievement in science, academic achievement in social studies, top 25 percent student progress, and postsecondary readiness. At South Athens, distinctions were designated in academic achievement in ELA/reading, academic achievement in mathematics, top 25 percent student progress, top 25 percent closing performance gaps, and postsecondary readiness. Athens ISD “met standard” at every campus and as whole. “This is a win,” said Superintendent Blake Stiles. “I’m a competitive person, and I want to see even more distinctions in our future.” (Courtesy photos)

Retired School Personnel Association meeting

The Henderson County Retired School Personnel Association opened its September meeting with members rolling out a barrel as they sang “Roll Out The barrel” and “The More We Get Together” while the group joined in. A potluck luncheon followed. Malakoff Elementary Principal Ronnie Snow talked to the group about important upcoming education matters from the state legislature. Finally, a memorial service was held for eight members who passed away this passed year. The next meeting will be October 11 at the First United Methodist Church of Athens at 2 p.m. All are welcome.

AEDC recognizes Jess Laird, Maurice Cox

Representative Lance Gooden and Senator Robert Nichols present long-standing, outgoing board of director Maurice Cox and Board President Jess Laird with a Texas flag flown over the state Capitol in appreciation of six years of commitment and dedication to the Athens Economic Development Corporation at AEDC’s annual meeting September 29. (Courtesy photo)

Press release

Athens Economic Development Corporation recognized long-standing, outgoing Board President Jess Laird and director Maurice Cox for their service on the board at its annual meeting on September 29. Senator Robert Nichols and Representative Lance Gooden presented Laid and Cox with a Texas flag flown over the state Capitol.

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