It seems like the older I get summers get shorter and shorter. Just as we’re entering the Dog Days (from July 3 to August 11 according to the Farmers Almanac), school starts and we’re all back on schedule in anticipation of fall. Before you jump into the next school year, enjoy these lazy summer days for a few more weeks. When you get ready to go back to school, you can use this 2022 Education issue of Statesboro Magazine to prepare for another great year!
Since it’s the hottest part of summer, why not grab a glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade from the Main Street Farmers Market this Saturday and meet the vendors at the Market’s new location at 222 South Main Street between the Visit Statesboro Welcome Center and the Blind Willie McTell Trail. Our well-established Market is celebrating a new location and a new popularity as locals rediscover that locally grown food is always the best food.
One vendor at the Market that you’ll want to get to know is Sally Scott. Be sure to buy one of the handmade candles to benefit disadvantaged women who are trying to better themselves and re-enter the workforce. Scott’s non-profit Lift as You Grow empowers women and gives them the skills to meet life’s challenges head on. Read more about her success story inside.
Scott encourages women in her program to earn certifications at Ogeechee Technical College to increase their job readiness. That’s just one way OTC benefits local students pursuing careers. Inside you’ll find a special section that outlines OTC’s success in workforce development and student job placement throughout the area.
We’re also highlighting Bulloch County’s Summer Learning Academies. This is not Summer School as we knew it. There is no failing or repeating a grade, instead professionals work with small groups of students to improve their English and math skills, putting them ahead in skill sets for the coming school year! The federally funded program benefits all Bulloch County school children grades K – eight.
To learn more about the school system’s special programs and accomplishments this year, you will find the Board of Education’s 2022 Annual Report starting on page 35. It details information about each school, award winning teachers, students and the system’s success overall.
There are also stories about the Regional Library’s Summer Reading Program, Ocean of Possibilities and the mayor’s new Reading Book Nook at city hall.
All that reading is great practice for the first day of school, August 1.