August 2020

Student Spotlights & Schoolbits!

Every month we compile a list of students doing great things across the Wiregrass.  We have so many talented students in our area.  Wiregrass Parents joins with their families and schools to celebrate their achievements!

2020 Grad Becomes Early County’s 1st Female Firefighter

The City of Blakely Fire Department has a new firefighter. The City’s first ever full-time female firefighter Aynsley Brackin she is a 2020 graduate of Early County High School where she participated in the Junior Firefighter Program through the high school and also has volunteered for the department for 6 months prior to becoming full-time. She was born in Colquitt Ga and raised in Blakely Ga.

Houston Academy Students Volunteer for 2020 Fundraiser

Thank you Raider Ambassadors for volunteering your time to support HA Giving Day! $20,000 in 2020? Can we do it? Visit the school website to support Houston Academy students and staff!

Early Co. Schools Distributes 400+ Meal Kits

A big “Thank You” to the following School Nutrition staff for preparing over 400 meal kits containing 5 days worth of breakfasts and snacks for distribution on July 7. Gloria Johnson, Hattie Perkins, Theresa Sealy, Lynn Howard, Christen Leonard, and Cherita Hooks did an awesome job.

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Daleville Boys & Girls Club Gets Fresh Look

We would like to send a heartfelt thanks to the students and volunteers from Haven of Grace Fellowship for coming out to paint. Thank you to Chris Woods from Chopper’s BBQ for feeding these hard-working Youth, and Builders Cash and Carry for donating the paint. This is another example of what it looks like when the Community comes together to serve one another. This is what makes Daleville a great little Community.

Pinedale Elementary Welcomes New Principal

Pinedale would like to welcome our new principal, Mr. Trey Mims, to the Pinedale family. Mr. Mims comes to us from Coppinville Jr. High School where he served as Assistant Principal. Mr. Mims received his BS degree in History from West Alabama and his MS degree in Instructional Leadership from Auburn University. Once again, welcome to Pinedale, Mr. Mims!

Slocomb Elementary Cheers on NPF Contestants

Congratulations to our very own Little Redtops, Annsley Kate Welch-Little Miss Slocomb and Mollie Jo Hinson-Little Miss Geneva County. They both will represent SES in the Little Miss National Peanut Festival Pageant this fall! SES is so proud of you!

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3 HA Students Earn All-Star Honors

Congratulations to Matthew Streitman, Jake McDonald & Gunnar Smith for
earning North / South All-Star honors from the 2019-2020 AHSAA season!
We are proud of you!!

Faine Elementary Garden Going Strong

Wonderful harvest today from our garden! Banana peppers, jalapeño peppers, and green peppers, tomatoes, and one baby strawberry. We saw carrots starting to grow and potatoes starting to sprout up! We cannot wait to see our children and let them watch the garden grow in person!

Girard Intermediate Seeking Hand Sanitizer, Wipes Donations

Could you help us? Donations of hand sanitizer and wipes are needed for this school year. Please call the school (334.794.1426) or e-mail GIS School Counselor, Mrs. Southern at casouthern@dothan.k12.al.us to arrange to drop off the donations. We are looking forward to this school year!

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Houston Co. 4-H Chick Drive-Thru

560 chicks handed out on Friday, June 19th! Drive-thru service worked great. Beautiful birds and happy 4-H’ers!

Camden McArdle Selected at National Jr. Beta Convention

Congratulations Camden McArdle, Incoming freshman, on being chosen 8th in the NATION in the Recyclable Art Competition at the National Jr Beta Convention. This year, due to Covid, the Convention was held virtually, and the results were just announced. Way to go Cam! We are proud of you!

Ashford Ambassadors Chosen

Congratulations to our 2020-2021 Jacket Ambassadors! We had many wonderful interviews, and choosing from this amazing group of applicants was extremely hard. Look for these smiling faces during the upcoming school year!

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Headland Queens Adopt Fostering Hope

What a blessing! We are honored that Fostering Hope was chosen to sponsor by the Miss and Little Miss National Peanut Festival Queens! We met these sweet Headland Queens as they delivered the abundance of items and generous financial donation after they hosted a tea for all of the area NPF Queens.
Thank you ladies, ALL of you, for thinking of us and supporting Fostering Hope! We are proud of you and your service to your community! Keep doing big things!

Calvary Baptist Youth Volunteer at Fostering Hope

Even though WIRED had to sadly be cancelled this year due to COVID, some churches are serving on their own in smaller groups! We are thankful for Calvary Baptist Church students for working in our office today, serving foster children and families through their service! We shared with them and answered questions about foster care when they were done, and how we strive to share the gospel with these children and families through our ministry. We cannot exist without supporters, volunteers, prayer warriors, and churches standing beside us, getting involved & giving sacrificially!

Prevention Project Holds Drive Through Awards Banquet

We had a wonderful time honoring our (334) Prevention Project Youth Council at our Drive Through Awards Banquet tonight! Certificates were given to all of our members and officers, plus we recognized our Top Volunteers of the year. Thank you for all being such hard workers and willing to give your time to help others! We are looking forward to new members joining this fun group as we jump into summer time and the upcoming school year! Look for big things to come from these amazing students!

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Lakeside Seniors Sign with Faulkner

These two boys put in the work and it has paid off! Congratulations to Jacari Richardson & Devontae Bowick! They both signed to play football with Faulkner University. We are beyond proud of these Chiefs and cannot wait to see what their future holds!

Slocomb Elementary Welcomes New Principal

Our SES family would like to congratulate Mr. Henry Dawkins for being selected as the new principal at Slocomb Elementary School! We are so excited to start the 2020-2021 school year with your support and amazing leadership! Mr. Dawkins has served as Assistant Principal at SES for the past 4 years! Congratulations, Mr. Dawkins!!!

Pinedale Says Goodbye to Longtime Teacher

Thanks to all that were able to make it to our “Retirement Parade” for Mrs. Twyla Pipkin! It was HOT, but it was fun! Mrs. Pipkin, we wish you the very best as you begin this next chapter in your life. Remember, like our sign out front said, “Retirement is not the end of the road, it is the beginning of the open highway”. Enjoy and God bless!

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Ashton Wright
Author: Ashton Wright

Ashton is the publisher of Wiregrass Parents magazine. A lifelong resident of the Wiregrass, she grew up in Blakely, Ga. Her love of journalism began on her high school newspaper and continued at Troy University where she received her print journalism degree. After graduating, she worked with WTVY-TV for nearly a decade. She and her husband, Chris, have been married since 2012. They have one daughter, Alexis, as well as a dog, Jackson, and a cat, Cooper.

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