Blue Ridge, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Education took time at their Feb. monthly meeting to give special recognition to those who have positively impacted the school system recently.
First to be recognized was West Fannin Elementary School (WFES) First Grade teacher Katy Roberson and WFES Student Governance Team member Jocelyn Miller for their work which has brought state and national attention to the Fannin County School District.
What all began with the reading of a book, Stellaluna, to a class, has become an ongoing project that is now in its third year.
A former student of Roberson told her of a “bat house” that they have at home and from there the project evolved.
“She (Roberson) was able to take the concept of bats and integrate all of the subjects into it and the kids were basically learning math. They were reading. They were doing science, all through the lens of bats,” Miller spoke of the teacher’s work with children.
Miller, who is now going for her doctoral degree, along with Roberson wrote an article about the project titled “At Home with Bats”. This article was published in the National Science Teachers Association peer-reviewed journal “Science and Children”.
Since then the article has gone on to be published on university websites, garnering even more attention for education in our area.
Next to be recognized for their work with the school system was Fannin County’s Emergency Management Agency (EMA).
Through their Stop the Bleed Campaign, Fannin County EMA Director Robert Graham, Fannin County Training Officer Ryan McDavis, and EMS Child Advocate Rebecca Huffman were all recognized for the work put into training staff of the school district.
Stop the Bleed is a program set in place by the American College of Surgeons and works to train people worldwide on how to stop bleeding in a severely injured person.
After training, the school district received several Stop the Bleed kits which have been put in place not only in the schools but also on every bus, along with a standard first aid kits.
Fannin County School System Director of Transportation Denver Foster called these kits, “a little bag with a lot of life saving power in it”.
Foster also thanked Fannin County’s EMA/EMS for their ongoing role in working with the school system to provide safety to its students on a daily basis.
Click here to read about those honored at last month’s meeting.