Students Attend Women of Achievement Event
 GHS Students with Mr. & Mrs. Massey and Mrs. Perry

March is celebrated as Women's History Month. A group of GHS students had the privilege of attending the Georgia Women of Achievement Induction program at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia to celebrate three courageous women of Georgia who made significant contributions in their fields of endeavor, impacted the lives of those around them, and inspired future generations to utilize their own talents.  The honorees included Sarah Harper Heard, Ellamae Ellis League, and Katie Hall Underwood.
Sarah Harper Heard was the founder of the largest traveling free library system on the Eastern seaboard. A woman of action, Sallie Heard saw a need for books in her community and in other rural communities throughout the South. Through a partnership with Seaboard Airline Railway and Andrew Carnegie, Heard created a traveling library that ultimately held more than 45,000 books and spanned six states. Sallie Heard's tireless work led to the creation of hundreds of permanent libraries and enriched the lives of thousands.

In her early twenties, Ellamae Ellis League found herself as a single parent in need of supporting two young children. Although unorthodox, Ellamae League set out to become an architect and within 10 years she educated herself and passed the licensing requirements. Upon her registration as an architect in 1934, League became part of the only 2% of American architects who were women at that time.
The daughter of freed slaves, Katie Hall Underwood was a midwife on Sapelo Island. Walking from sunrise to sunset and using natural remedies passed from generation to generation, she delivered over 1000 babies and never lost a baby or mother. 

The guest speaker of the induction program was Maya Van Wagenen, a 17 year-old senior at Statesboro High School and a New York Times best-seller author. She wrote the book "Popular" about her experiences being bullied in middle school. She has sold the rights to her book to Dreamworks, making her the youngest non-actor to sign a deal with the studio. 

This phenomenal experience was provided to our students by the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Abit Massey. Mr. Massey is the President of the Georgia Women of Achievement organization.  
Fair Street Tigers Travel To Tybee 
Students enjoy activities at Tybee Island
Eighty five Fair Street fifth graders earned the opportunity to travel to Tybee Island, Georgia recently for the learning experience of a lifetime. For two full days and nights, students applied the knowledge, skills and concepts that they had learned in school to life beyond the classroom walls. Students explored marine and coastal habitats very unlike North Georgia. They touched and observed living things in their natural surroundings and toured Fort Pulaski. In addition, students bussed their own tables in the cafeteria, maintained order in their cabins, and retained responsibility for packing and unpacking their belongings. 

This wonderful field trip has become an annual tradition for Fair Street students. Funds for the trip  came from many sources, including students' families, a Fair Street yard sale, and the generous contributions of many Gainesville community members.

A few notable improvements to this year's trip include being accompanied by Mr. Joshua Crouse, a sixth grade science teacher from Gainesville Middle School, very pleasant weather, and a comfortable charter bus. Thank you to the families, faculty, and friends of Fair Street who made this trip a huge success!
GMS Stomps Out Hunger
Community supports Empty Bowl event
Gainesville Middle School's Art department hosted its second annual Empty Bowl Dinner on March 1st in the GMS cafeteria. The event was organized by GMS teacher Katherine Ware. Students, faculty and community members worked together to create over 100 bowls for the event.  Attendees were able to purchase soup, bread, and a handcrafted bowl for charity.  The event raised approximately $450, and all proceeds were donated to Good News at Noon, a local ministry that provides food, shelter, and youth programs to the community. 

The Empty Bowl Project is an international grassroots effort to raise money to end hunger around the world.  Potters, crafters, educators, and students design handcrafted bowls for purchase, and proceeds are donated to a local charity to feed the hungry.  
Four GHS Students Showcase Their Talents
L to R - Logan Harr, Julia Trulove, Carlee Cosper, and Bill Hood

On March 15th, the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville hosted the 2016 Kiwanis Performing Arts Showcase at the Chattahoochee Country Club. Gainesville High School students Logan Harr, Julia Truelove, Carlee Cosper, and Bill Hood represented our school district.  Julia Truelove won first place in the competition, received a $2,500 scholarship award, and advanced to the state competition.  She will perform at the Kiwanis Club's Annual Awards Luncheon on May 3rd at the Gainesville Civic Center.

The annual event provides an opportunity for high school students to receive county and statewide recognition for their talent and hard work, and participants are able to win scholarship funds for their college education.  At the county level, awards are presented to the top three performances, and scholarship prizes are awarded in the amount of $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place.  The first place winner advances to the state competition for a chance to  win $7,500 in scholarship awards provided by the Kiwanis Memorial Foundation. 

Congratulations to Julia, Logan, Carlee, and Bill for their outstanding performances and for their exemplary representation of Gainesville High School!
School Nutrition Celebrates Breakfast Week 
GCSS School Nutrition celebrates National School Breakfast Week

Click here to view the video featuring GCSS School Nutrition celebrating National School Breakfast Week on March 7 - 11, 2016.
       GHS Honorary Diplomas Nominations           
L to R:  Dr. Wanda Creel, Mr. John O. Davis, Mrs. Colleene Ivey, 
Sen. Butch Miller, and Mrs. LaCrisia Larkin
Gainesville High School is currently accepting nominations for Honorary Diplomas.  This honor is bestowed to individuals who are part of the Gainesville community and are not GHS graduates but whose achievements and strong support of GHS traditions are reflective of the true "Red Elephant" pride and spirit.  Nominations are due by April 15th.  Forms can be submitted to Gainesville High School, 830 Century Place, Gainesville, GA 30501 to the attention of Leslie Dorsey. Last year's GHS Honorary Diploma graduates were Mr. John O. Davis, Mrs. Colleene Ivey, and Senator Butch Miller. For additional information and to download a nomination form, please click here.  

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