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Charter school celebrates first graduation

May 25, 2006

Baconton --  A unique South Georgia school celebrated it's very first high school commencement Thursday night. Baconton Community Charter School was one of the first charter schools in the state, formed a year after the state passed the charter school law in 1998.    

BCCS may have a small graduating class of just 14 people, but those involved with the school have a huge amount of pride. School founders say tonight's commencement was a milestone for the whole community.

It's a proud step forward for KC Council. Without the individual help he got from the charter school, he may not have gotten to this day.

"This school really changed me. It really turned me around and pointed me in the right direction," said KC Council.

His old public school was big, and friends and peer pressure were big distractions. But that's not the case for this class of 2006.  

For those who started the school, this graduating class is just the beginning of a eight year dream.

"This one is extra special in that we had no school in Baconton for so long, and it is a start up charter school, which by definition parents come together with an idea and start their own charter school," said Tim Pinson.

The grads of 2006 are glad the idea blossomed into their walking the stage today.

"We had the chance to make our own rules and set the traditions. It's been fun to see what we can do as a class and as a school," said Caitlynn Holland.

For KC Council, being part of the school's first graduating class just adds to why he is so proud of this day.

"Finally graduating high school, that's a big thing for me. It's been a long struggle for me and I'm glad," said Council.

Like an old photo, the BCCS class of 2006 will go down in the school's history.  

Students told us they enjoyed attending this school because they got great one on one time with teachers.  Because of that extra time the students say they got a great education. Several were accepted to colleges and universities right here in South Georgia.  

The Baconton Community Charter School is a public school open to all students in Mitchell County, but they can only accept a limited number of students and there is a waiting list.  

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