Early Co. students go back to school Friday

Early Co. students go back to school Friday
Anna Reichard is a senior this year. (Source: WALB)
Anna Reichard is a senior this year. (Source: WALB)
Debbie McDonald is excited for her students to return. (Source: WALB)
Debbie McDonald is excited for her students to return. (Source: WALB)
Freshman students walked through their schedules on Thursday. (Source: WALB)
Freshman students walked through their schedules on Thursday. (Source: WALB)
Bronwyn Ragan-Martin is the superintendent for the fourth year. (Source: WALB)
Bronwyn Ragan-Martin is the superintendent for the fourth year. (Source: WALB)

EARLY CO., GA (WALB) - Early County heads back to school on Friday.

"I'm excited," said Anna Reichard. "I'm excited to know more people."

Reichard went in early to get the halls ready with other seniors.

"We have to do a lot of things to get ready like paint signs, hang things in the hallway," said Reichard.

Another year means more initiatives and more learning.

The Early county school system is focused on student engagement and community involvement.

"Several clubs and organizations already had a community service component, but we have expanded that to include all of ours schools," said superintendent Bronwyn Ragan-Martin.

Last year kids were dismissed early one day to go outside in the community and help out.

"Doing community service does not involve an orange jumpsuit on Saturday mornings," said high school english teacher Debbie McDonald. "It's good for them. It helps us to see just beyond ourselves."

"It was really fun to be go down to the animal shelter and help a few dogs," said Reichard.

Students said it helps them understand the real world and what they want to do.

I think it helps us more to figure out what we want to do in life. If someone goes down to the animal shelter they can say wow I really like helping dogs or I go out and film and I've realized I have a passion for filming," said Reichard.

On Thursday freshmen and their parents walked the halls to learn where their classes will be.

The school system works day in and day out to get students excited and parents involved.

"The more support we have from the community and the parents, the more we can do," said Bronwyn Ragan-Martin.

Friday, the halls will be full.

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