ARTS COUNCIL DONATES TO OVERNIGHT TRIP BY SUMTER COUNTY PRIMARY On Thursday, April 12, 2002, some 125 students, teachers, parents and chaperones will board buses for Atlanta. There, they will enjoy planned visits to The High Museum, the Theater of Puppetry Arts, the Atlanta Aquarium with an overnight stay in the downtown Omni Hotel. There will also be a time of relaxation in Centennial Park.
Before beginning her administrative leadership at Sumter County Primary School, Principal, Cindy Hughes, had already heard of the public support of this annual trip. "I was excited to learn that Sumter Primary provided this educational experience to second graders. Each year, it is important for us to review trends and provisions of families in our demographics. I had also heard about the generosity of citizens and civic groups in supporting this trip. I never had my doubts about this continuation of support. Even now, about three weeks before our departure, local generosity continues in Sumter County. Today, I was presented a check for $500 by the Arts Council of Sumter County," smiled Mrs. Hughes.
In January, 2012, a letter had been mailed to solicit funds for this spring trip. Within days, many teachers and stakeholders of Sumter County Schools had already mailed "scholarships" for students who deserved to go but might not be able to fund the project. With the bus rental and payment to all sites on the agenda, the trip will cost over $100 per student. "I was reminded again that I must be increasingly thankful for the generous donations for this trip by a community of supportive individuals and adults who are aware of their membership of the proverbial thought, 'it takes a village to raise a child.'"
Here, Mrs. Hughes, at right, along with some students, greet Mr. Bob Porteous, Treasurer of the Council, and Ms. Cathy Dance, Vice-President of the Americus/Sumter County Arts Council, as she receives the generous $500 check for the upcoming trip to Atlanta.
The buses will return to Americus on Friday afternoon after a lunch stop in Forsyth. Additional funds are still being accepted. Please call 229-924-1012 if you or your organization desire to contribute to the upcoming educational experience.