Written by Melanie Lumpkin

Goshen Celebrates STEAM

The Richmond County School System is proud to recognize Ms. Jean Taylor, Goshen Elementary’s STEAM teacher, for receiving the 2019 Georgia STEM STAR Scholar Award. Only 23 Georgia teachers received this recognition which comes along with $500 to use in continued STEM education initiatives. The Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers present these awards each year to recognize outstanding work in engaging and improving student learning in STEM disciplines. RCSS is honored to have Ms. Taylor share her talents and innovation with our students.

To showcase STEAM initiatives and its agricultural focus, Ms. Taylor and the Goshen staff recently hosted “Farm Day on the Field.” This collaborative event included Georgia Grown, Nutrition Services, and local farmers. Students were able to view animals, enjoy a hayride, explore a maze, and manipulate several crops and herbs. The day of the event, all school lunches were prepared using locally raised crops in celebration of the Locally Grown and Feed My School initiatives. Students were also able to participate in several STEAM challenges. Students and staff enjoyed every moment of this fun-filled day! 

School Social Workers Collaborate with Local Agencies

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Through the efforts of our school social workers, the Richmond County School System collaborates with the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope and SafeHomes of Augusta to provide McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance services to students. RCSS is proud to offer our students free tutoring from certified teachers and transportation to and from school. Our school social workers work closely with both agencies to ensure our homeless students are provided the same opportunities as their peers.

Thanks to this collaboration, many students and families have been uplifted and lives have been changed in the Augusta area!

Copeland Elementary Visits Augusta Museum of History

Copeland Elementary School's kindergarten classes embarked on a fun filled day at the Augusta Museum of History.  Students were able to blast through the past as they toured the interactive museum and learned about music, culture, politics, fashion, transportation, and influential Augustans. This exciting journey through the CSRA’s history was a perfect way to end a study on life in the past. Thanks to the Augusta Museum of History for collaborating on such an enjoyable event.

Richmond County School System celebrated National Red Ribbon Week

National Red Ribbon Week was celebrated in style at Westside High School with a community-wide Red Ribbon Rally. The rally was a collaborative effort of Garrett Elementary, A. Brian Merry, Warren Road, Westside High, and Laney High.  

William Avery, current President of Basketball Operations for the Augusta 706ers and member of Westside’s 1995 state championship basketball team, Duke University standout, and Minnesota Timberwolf, assisted with the official ribbon cutting. Devon Harris from Full Circle Refuge Juvenile Justice Ministries was the guest speaker. Twenty local agencies and vendors were also on-hand to offer information on a variety of topics and resources.

Our goal is to give hope to families and allow them to see that dugs do not have to destroy lives . . . with the wraparound resources available today, families have more support than ever!
— Dr. Lutricia Parkman, School Counselor, Garrett Elementary