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Several events on tap Saturday in Clayton

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

At least nine public officials are scheduled to share their thoughts on Clayton County Public Schools with nearly 200 parents and school officials at one of several events taking place around the county on Saturday.

Parent-Teacher Association leaders from PTA chapters at 48 Clayton County schools will gather for the Clayton County Council of PTA's district meeting. Four officials from each PTA chapter, including chapter presidents and schools principals, have been invited to attend the event, which will begin at 9 a.m., at Forest Park High School, 5452 Philips Drive, Forest Park.

Clayton County Council of PTA's President Cyd Cox said the group is scheduled to hear from several county officials, including: Interim School Superintendent Valya Lee, School Board Member Charlton Bivins, County Commissioner Sonna Singleton, District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson, Solicitor General Tasha Mosley, Clayton County Juvenile Court Judge Steve Teske, Clayton County Police Chief Jeff Turner, Sheriff Kem Kimbrough, and Clayton County Fire Chief Alex Cohilas.

"We're asking them to say a few positive words about the school system," Cox said. "Dr. Lee will also outline what she would like to see the PTAs do next year."

County-wide PTA officers for the coming school year will also be elected at the meeting.

Clayton County residents who are not PTA leaders have plenty of events they can attend this weekend, ranging from a walk in support of efforts to establish a Boys and Girls Club in the county, to a theater performance at Clayton State University, to a service day in Riverdale.

The Clayton County Boys and Girls Foundation will host a Walk for Clayton County's Boys and Girls, beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, at Morrow Elementary School, 6115 Reynolds Road, Morrow. The walk will conclude at Morrow City Hall, 1500 Morrow Road. On-site registration will begin at 9 a.m., and there is no cost to sign up.

Participants are asked to collect donations for the foundation, though, and the group that raises the most donations will receive a secret prize.

"We're trying to bring a Boys and Girls Club to Clayton County, and we've got a location picked out," said Richard Reagan, one of the co-organizers of the walk. "But, we need to raise $200,000 to cover the first two years of operating costs before we'll be allowed to open a club." State Sen. Gail Buckner (D-Morrow) is the other co-organizer of the walk.

For more information about the walk, or to sign up to participate, call Reagan at (770) 961-8385, or Buckner at (770) 473-9039.

In addition to the PTA meeting, and the Walk for Clayton County's Boys and Girls, the following events are also scheduled to take place on Saturday:

· The city of Riverdale and the Clayton County Adolescent Coalition will co-sponsor the Clayton County Mega Service Day, which will include trash pick-up and improvements to playground equipment. The event will last from 8 a.m., to 12 p.m., at Riverdale First Baptist Church, 6805 Church Street, Riverdale.

· Clayton State University's Vietnamese Student Association will host the Vietnamese Student Association of Georgia 2009 Olympics. The event will last from 8:30 a.m., to 5 p.m., on Saturday, but it will continue on Sunday, from 9 a.m., to 1:30 p.m. Events will take place at Clayton State's soccer field and Student Activities Center on both days.

· Jonesboro High School's Parent-Teacher Student Association chapter will hold a "Business Expo Extravaganza" at the school, which is located at 7728 Mt. Zion Blvd., Jonesboro. Local businesses participating in the event will showcase their services for members of the community. The event will last from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m.

· The Clayton State University Theater group will give the second of its four performances of "The Laramie Project." The play focuses on the 1998 death of openly gay college student Matthew Shepherd in Laramie, Wyo. Admission is $5, and the event is set to begin at 8 p.m., at the university's theater in the Arts and Sciences Building.