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Jenkins holds ‘meet and greet’

A large crowd of parents and students turned out to get a head start on the new school year at a “meet and greet” held at Jenkins City Park Monday afternoon. The event was initiated by the Jenkins Independent School System to celebrate its status as a K-12 single entity school system.

Principals and teachers from Jenkins Middle-High School and McRoberts and Burdine Elementary schools attended, as did elected school board members and central office staff.

Superintendent Debbie Watts said she was pleased to see so many parents attend, which she said indicates a new level of community involvement in the schools.

“I feel like we will have a tremendous year,” said Watts. “I really feel more of a sense of community. People are coming into the schools and putting things together, working with the faculty and staff.”

Watts said that as the school system and City of Jenkins prepare to celebrate their 100th anniversaries, she wants to be certain that community members to know that the system intends to continue as an independent district.

“We want the school district to reflect that we are still here and will be here 100 years from now,” said Watts. “This is a very strong community. There are a lot of committed people here, people who are committed to an excellent school. We work for the community and we want them to take pride in what we are doing.”

New football coach Larry Maggard and girls’ basketball coach Ashley Addington appeared to generate a lot of excitement at the event.

“Coach Maggard is very positive,” said Watts. “He generates a lot of confidence and works very well with the community. The boys are very excited too. We’re all just so pleased to have him here. You can just feel the excitement. It’s such a positive atmosphere.”

Addington said the 2009-10 season will be a rebuilding year but said she still has high hopes for the team. She is a 2002 graduate of Jenkins High School and a 2007 graduate of the University of Virginia at Wise, where she was a standout basketball and softball player.

McRoberts Elementary Principal Kristie Collett said her school will hold its own open house on Friday (August 7) to allow parents to become familiar with lesson activities. She said the staff will provide parents with a “checklist” to make sure their children are completing their work during the year, adding that parents who complete the checklists will be eligible to participate in a drawing for prizes.

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