Thursday, July 28, 2005

Local News Briefs

Games, food will kick off National Night Out activities
The Holly Springs community is invited to help kick off National Night Out celebrations this Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the grounds at the Police Department.

There will be games for the children as well as activities for adults and free food and refreshments. Bring your lawn chairs. Activities include fingerprinting of children. The national goal is to fingerprint two million children during the National Night Out event.

Tuesday, August 2, the community is invited to enjoy National Night Out by leaving on porch lights and watching a police and fire department parade through downtown and neighborhoods. Citizens who wish to join the caravan in their own vehicles may do so. The parade begins with vehicles organizing at the police station on North Memphis. The parade departs the station at 7 p.m.

Neighbors often hold block parties and/or front porch vigils in support of the event.

National Night Out was begun 22 years ago as a way to promote safety and crime prevention and illegal drug awareness. The event raises and strengthens neighborhood spirit and sends a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

County schools open Aug. 5; city classes start Aug. 8
School starts in early August for students in the Marshall County and Holly Springs districts.

The first day for students in the Marshall County School District is Friday, Aug. 5

The first day for students in the Holly Springs School District is Monday, Aug. 8.

Due to new building construction, Marshall Academy’s first day has been delayed one week. Classes start Thursday, Aug. 18.

Health officials urge parents to get children immunized
The Mississippi Department of Health (MDH) reminds parents in the midst of making their children’s back-to-school list to include childhood immunizations.

The Marshall County Health Department, located at 225 S. Market in Holly Springs, will hold special back-to-school immunization clinics August 1, 2 and 5 from 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. During this time, health department staff will focus solely on providing immunizations so that parents can complete the process quickly and efficiently.

According to Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers, “immunizations against childhood diseases are required by Mississippi law. To enroll in any public or private kindergarten, Head Start, daycare, elementary, or secondary school in Mississippi, a student must provide the school with a Certificate of Immunization Compliance Form 121. Now is the best time to have your child immunized instead of waiting until those last few days before school begins.

For more information on immunizations, call 1-866-458-4948.

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