It was all blue and gold for the students at Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School as students celebrated the end of their first nine-week term with a pep rally for reading and literacy.
“This has become an annual event,” said Darlene Cook, Garrison-Pilcher media specialist. “We have such a wonderful morning full of activities that support reading. Volunteers from the community come to read to our students and Thomas County Central High School students are on campus to help create that pep rally atmosphere.”
Thomas County Central’s band members, cheerleaders, and football players come to interact with the younger ones getting them excited about reading and literacy as well as being a Yellow Jacket. Thomas University basketball players were also on campus cheering on the kids and encouraging them to read.
“I really liked the football players autographing my book the best,” said second-grader Dakota Law. “I loved all those books that people read to us, too.”
The event begins with students choosing a free book that was provided by proceeds from the recently held book fairs. The students then proceed to the track where they have the pep rally, popcorn, photos, autographs by the athletes, and of course reading books. Community volunteers help with all these activities.
“This is just an awesome event,” said Richard Potter, assistant principal of Garrison-Pilcher. “We appreciate the collaboration between our school and Thomas County Central High School. The interaction between our students and the high school students is very important. They see the rewards of being a good student and definitely want to be a Yellow Jacket.”