School Notebook - August 6, 2009


Seven Chick-fil-A restaurants in Clayton County will host a "Back to School Bash" on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m., on the grounds of the historic courthouse in downtown Jonesboro. Attendees can participate in games, ride on a trackless train, and play in one of eight inflatable bouncers that will be provided by the restaurants. A variety of nonprofit programs and community businesses will also offer information about resources available in the area.

The event is a cooperative effort between Clayton County Public Schools and Chick-fil-A. The historic Jonesboro courthouse is located at 121 South McDonough St. For more information, contact Rhonda Burnough at (770) 473-2760.


Seed Planters Community Church will host a "Back to School Blast" on Sunday, Aug. 9 from 9 a.m., to 2 p.m., where needy children will be able to receive book bags, school supplies, clothing items and haircuts. The event will take place at the church, which is located at 262 Johnson Road, Suite 102, Forest Park. For more information, call (404) 462-2389.


Students will return to the classroom on Monday, Aug. 10 as the 2009-10 school year begins for Clayton County Public Schools. Call the Clayton County Public Schools Central Administration Complex at (770) 473-2700, for more information.


The U.S. Coast Guard recently announced Seaman Shaun C.A. Ford, son of Rex resident Mark A. Ford and Columbia, S.C., resident Sherry R. Ford, has graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J. During an eight-week training program, Shaun Ford completed a curriculum that included instruction on water safety and survival, military customs and courtesies, seamanship skills, first aid, fire fighting, marksmanship, physical fitness, health and wellness, and the Coast Guard's core values. Shaun Ford will be one of 36,000 men and women in the Coast Guard.


The Clayton County Public Library system offers many services to students, including tutoring programs for those who speak either English or Spanish, and online practice tests and electronic test preparation books for the SAT, GED, ASVAB, and TOEFFL exams. Visit the Clayton County Library web site at www.claytonpl.org, for more details.

School Notebook is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily compiled by staff writer Curt Yeomans. He can be reached at cyeomans@news-daily.com.