The 2nd Annual Education Celebration held Monday night in downtown Smithville was a huge success. A large crowd of students and parents came out to receive free school supplies and meet the faculty and staff of their school. All five DeKalb County schools were represented by faculty and each school’s PTO had a booth providing parents information on how they could be part of their schools PTO. There were many other clubs and organizations on hand giving out supplies and information as well.
Director of Schools Mark Willoughby was part of the opening ceremony along with State of Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Susan Cooper. Ms. Cooper and her staff provided a booth called “GetFitTN” which gave away sun block kits, pedometers and information on living a healthy lifestyle.
All students received school supplies provided by area churches and businesses, hotdogs, watermelon, Italian ice and many other items. The DCHS Fighting Tiger Band, DMS cheerleaders, DCHS cheerleaders, and the DeKalb West cheerleaders provided entertainment for the evening.
The Education Celebration began in 2006 as part of the First Day of School America campaign, which is a national program that encourages a partnership between families and schools. This year’s Education Celebration Committee would like to thank all sponsors, vendors and public officials that made this year’s event a success.