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Schools host family fun, community event
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A little girl gets her face painted by Joseph Martin Elementary School Paraprofessional Janisha Raymond during the Family Fun Fest at Regency Apartments Oct. 8, hosted by JME and Midway Middle School. - photo by Tiffany King

Regency Apartments in Hinesville was filled with the sounds of music, fun and the smell of food Oct. 8 during Family Fun Fest hosted by Joseph Martin Elementary School and Midway Middle School at the apartment complex.

The schools partnered together for a “community engagement” activity bringing the schools into the community they serve.

Students who attend JME are assigned to either Midway Middle or Snelson Golden Middle School depending on their zoning.

Family Fun Fest consisted of free food, raffles, school supplies giveaway and stations for games, coloring, voter registration, face painting, school uniforms, school information, counseling and testing information. Families also had an opportunity to take photos behind a large picture frame with props.

JME Assistant Principal Anthony Johnson spearheaded the effort, MMS Principal Debra Frazier said.

“Midway Middle was asked to join and this is us going mobile, going to the parents and students,” Frazier said. “Parent involvement is where we struggle the most, getting parents into the school. So we’re here to meet the parents and talk with them.”

Johnson said he and JME’s leadership team thought of the idea.

“We came up with this idea and what better way than to bring the school into the community,” Johnson said.

Liberty County School System Chief Academic Officer Patti Crane said the community is changing and “we need to meet them where they are.”

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