Thursday, March 24, 2005


Report card pickup set for March 30

Holly Springs Intermediate school will be closed for Easter vacation on Good Friday, March 25 and the following Monday, March 28. Classes will resume after the Easter vacation Tuesday, March 29.

Holly Springs Intermediate School announces Report Card Pickup and Parent/Teacher conferences on Wednesday, March 30 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. All parents with children at the Intermediate School are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served. The Parent Center will be open until 6 p.m. for you to stop by and check out free materials to help your child at home.

HS Primary kindergarten registration March 30

Holly Springs Primary School will hold kindergarten registration and returning student registration on Wed., March 30 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Your child must be five years old before Sept. 1 to register for kindergarten.

Items needed for kindergarten are: certified birth certificate, 121 immunization form (will wait for child to get shots but must have before school entry); two proofs of residency; Social Security card.

Two of the following items are needed for returning students: current utility bill; lease or deed; voter’s registration card; driver’s license.

All students must register for school each school year.

MA spelling bee
The 2005 MPSEA District 1 Spelling Bee was held in Oxford on March 2. The participants representing Marshall Academy were Aaron McAlexander, Brittany Stewart, Preston Farley, Mitchell Cartwright, and Kristi Janes. The students pictured will be representing Marshall Academy in the overall spelling bee competition in Jackson on April 5. Mitchell Cartwright placed second (seventh grade); Brittany Stewart placed third (fifth grade); Preston Farley placed third (sixth grade).

The wearing of the blue

By Carla C. Stanford
Extension Service

In April, you may see people wearing a blue ribbon and wonder what it is for. The blue ribbon was first used as a symbol of child abuse and neglect in Virginia in 1989. There, Bonnie Finney, a grandmother from Chesapeake, wore a blue ribbon in memorial of her three-year-old grandson who was murdered at the hands of the abusive boyfriend of the child’s mother. The blue is to remind us of the many children who suffer scars, emotionally and physically.

In 1990, the Virginia Child Abuse Prevention Month Coalition took the campaign as a project and it was so well received that it spread nationwide. Mississippi’s Blue Ribbon campaign began full-force in 1996.

Every year in Mississippi, tens of thousands of cases of child abuse are reported so this is no longer “someone else’s problem”. Of course, no one knows how many incidences go unreported each year so child abuse and neglect is a great social woe that we all must work against. Become part of the solution—be aware that child abuse is in every community — even ours — and wear a blue ribbon (or tie one on the antennae of your car) to symbolize that you care about Mississippi’s children.

If you, your church, club, or other special group would like to have any information about child development, the Mississippi State University Extension Service has a wealth of information which is free just for the asking. Topics range from child development ages and characteristics to discipline and self-esteem. If you need large quantities, that can also be arranged.

In celebration of Child Abuse Prevention Month, I hope you will take time from your busy schedule to spend meaningful time with a special child in your life. Nothing means more to a child than having time set aside especially for him/her. Reading a book, taking a walk, stargazing, or any other activity with a child sends the message to him that he is worth spending time with and that you value him as a person. Try it — it will benefit the child as well as yourself.

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