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August 28, 2015

Central High 2015 Graduate Named Jackie Robinson Scholar

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Cristopher Thompson, a Central High School graduate from the Class of 2015, was named a Jackie Robinson Scholar this summer. The Jackie Robinson Scholarship is presented to graduating, minority high school seniors who show leadership potential and demonstrated a dedication to community service. Only 90 students nationwide are named each year as Jackie Robinson Scholars.


During his senior year, Cristopher also received a scholarship from the Horatio Alger Foundation. The scholarship is funded through the generosity of the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation. Cristopher was one of 50 students in the state of Georgia to receive this scholarship.


Cristopher was the founder and president of the Habitat for Humanity Club at Central. He served as treasurer of the senior class and senior representative for the Key Club. He was also a member of Central’s National Honor Society Chapter and Student Council.

Outside of school, Cristopher is an active member in his community. He organized a nonprofit group of young adults in his community who aid the elderly with yard work, housework, or other tasks.


“It is really great to receive recognition for the activities I am doing for my school and community,” he said. “It is really nice to know someone else believes in you.”

Cristopher is now a freshman at Bates College in Maine, where he was accepted into the honors program. He plans to become a financier.

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Students Learn How to Take Portraits During Career Day


Burghard Opportunity Center will be hosting Career Day events twice a month to give students in the program the opportunity to hear speakers from various types of backgrounds and who have excelled in their career.


The first visitor was Matthew Odum of Matt Odum Photography. All students were able to listen, ask questions and learn how to take a professional photo during the session. Mr. Odum was able to offer them information on free classes held in the community if they are interested in pursuing photography as a career.


Mr. Odum is a graduate of Westside High School. He attended Mercer University and received his bachelor’s degree in Human Services. In his spare time, Mr. Odum volunteers as a soccer coach at Westside High School. In his second year as an entrepreneur, Mr. Odum has received several awards and numerous contracts from such organizations as Mercer University and NewTown Macon.

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District Challenges Students to Take Attendance Challenge

The District is challenging students to take the attendance challenge and try to arrive on time and attend school for all 180 days during National Attendance Awareness Month in September.

United Way to Host 'Attendance Cafe'


The United Way of Central Georgia will host its first “Attendance Café” on Thursday, September 17, 2015 in recognition of National Attendance Awareness Month.


The event will take place in the Peyton Anderson Community Services Center, Juanita Jordan Room, located at 277 MLK Jr. Boulevard, Macon, Georgia 31201. Seating is limited.


For more information, contact Dr. Deborah Patrice Hamlin at (478) 621-7837

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Elementary Media Specialist Appointed to GAE Board of Directors

Bruce Elementary School Media Specialist Erica White was selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Association of Educators. She'll serve a three-year term, from 2015-2018.
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Bernd Elementary Receives School Supply Donation from GEICO

Bernd Elementary School Principal Chad Thompson and staff proudly stand with their donation from GEICO. The school is so grateful for the school supplies generously donated from GEICO for students to use.

Porter Elementary Illustrates What Makes Strong Character, Leadership

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Board Approves Grant Funding for Four Afterschool Programs

The District’s Department of Afterschool Programs announced that two additional elementary schools have been awarded funding through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant. The Board voted to approve acceptance of these grants, as well as the continuation of grant funding for two other schools, during its meeting on Thursday, August 20.


Schools receiving new grant awards this year are Morgan/Veterans Elementary and Southfield Elementary. Schools receiving continued funding of the grant awards are Riley Elementary and Union Elementary Schools.


The 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant is a five-year federal grant that is monitored by the State Board of Education. The grant will be renewed and approved, in an open meeting, each year by the State Board of Education and the local Board of Education. The grants for these schools will allow for 72 student slots at each school. These grants focus on math, reading, science curriculum, homework help and access to enrichment activities.


Programs will be geared toward students who have been identified as: scoring below grade level in reading, math and science; at risk of being retained or have been retained; and who may have discipline or attendance problems. Parents will be notified and students will be invited to attend the program.

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Governor's Honors Program Attendees Recognized

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Sponsors Thanked for RaiderFest Support

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Howard Middle Flexible Learning Program Recognized for Math Achievement

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District Media Festival Winners Recognized

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The Power of a Penny: ESPLOST Projects Completed in Macon, Ga.

Regularly Scheduled Monthly Committee and Board Meetings

Thursday, Sep. 17th, 4pm

484 Mulberry St

Macon, GA

VISION: Each student demonstrates strength of character

and is college or career ready.


MISSION: The Bibb County School District will develop

a highly trained staff and an engaged community dedicated

to educating each student for a 21st century global society.