Student Success Imagine the Possibilities (SSIP)
Five years ago, the Georgia Department of Education charged all school districts with increasing the graduation rate for Students with Disabilities. Fifty school districts were chosen to receive intensive support, both from GLRS Regional SSIP Coaches and State SSIP Coaches. The following year, each of the 50 school districts were tasked with choosing a high school and targeting 50 “at-risk” students to track and support for the next four years. Brantley County went about this task by putting into place many innovative practices including: Lunch and Learns, after school tutoring, weekly student conferences, attendance incentives, Check and Connect, High School High Tech, and Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency to support and encourage their Connect 19 Class. Today Brantley County honored their Connect 19 Class with a steak luncheon and celebrated over 90% of this group graduating! This day was a culmination of a lot of hard work, determination, and tenacity by both educators, parents, and students. Way to go Brantley County!
Photo (left to right):
Dr. Zelphine Smith-Dixon, GaDOE Special Education Services and Supports State Director
Amy Cummings, Brantley District SSIP Coach
Roxie Tumlin, Brantley County Assistant Superintendent, Special Education Services
Dr. Kim Morgan, Brantley County Superintendent
Jeannie Morris, GaDOE SSIP Program Specialist
Dana Robbins, South Central GLRS
The Ninth Annual Autism Awareness: “Celebrate Individuality Art Show and Fun Day” was held on April 27, 2019 at the Okefenokee Heritage Center, and offered family friendly activities to all who came. Our weather was absolutely perfect, and made the day extremely enjoyable to all who came! A special thanks to Donna McClain, Ware County’s Special Education Director for taking and sharing such wonderful photos which showcased all of the fun!
Congratulations to the people below and to all the folks who worked “behind the scenes” to make this year’s festival become a roaring success!
We had an outstanding attendance rating with a total of 663 people attending. These attendees were area Administrators, Special Education and General Education Teachers, School Psychologists and Counselors, Paraprofessionals, Agencies and a phenomenal combined number of Parents and Students (598)! Every year we are continually amazed at the huge turnouts to this event and this year’s event was no exception! A big “Thank you” goes to everyone who came in droves to support our kids. We couldn’t do this without you!
Attractions included a Bounce House, Big Slide, Knobby the Autism Train, a Sensory Sand Pit, Go Fish, Face Painting, just to name a few! Food and drink was provided at no charge from the generous donations from Brantley County, McDonald’s, Hardee’s, Coca Cola, Friendly Express and others. Thank you to all donors for your giving hearts!
The Celebrate Individuality Art Show featured art from area students, colorfully displayed in the Okefenokee Heritage Center Warehouse. We have so many talented students who participated in this effort, so as you can imagine, judging was a real challenge. All of our entries deserve high praise for their accomplishments! We absolutely loved and admired all of the entries!
Our third annual 2019 Student Recognition Awards Luncheon, which honored nine (9) students from each of our eight (8) districts (Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Pierce, & Ware County, along with Harrell Learning Center: G-NETS), was a huge success! A beautiful luncheon was provided and students were awarded a plaque and a gift card for their exemplary academic and community achievements. Each of the students demonstrated poise and dignity as they spoke about their goals after graduation, while family members and educators looked on with unconcealed pride.
South Central GLRS proudly serves as a co-sponsor of Autism Awareness initiatives in the Pierce -Ware region. Other partners are the Pierce and Ware County School Systems, The ARC of Satilla, Easter Seals of South Georgia, and the South Georgia Regional Aging and Disability Resource Connection.
One exciting accomplishment of this team is the erection of a billboard beside a major thoroughfare in Waycross. This billboard promotes awareness of Autism in our region and supports children and families whose lives are touched by Autism. It is our hope that all in our community will develop an understanding of what can be done to educate and advocate for children and youth with Autism.