Hamilton County Schools (HCS) held its annual Better Together service day last Saturday, to help ensure students walked into facilities that were ready to welcome them on the first day of school.
More than 30 schools across Hamilton County submitted projects and sought volunteers. Volunteers helped complete campus beautification projects such as landscaping, painting and pressure washing, as well as organizing classrooms.
“We know we are better when we connect with our students and families,” said HCS Deputy Superintendent Dr. Sonia Stewart. “Our community’s support of this initiative over the past few years has helped create a welcoming space for our students. I am grateful for a community that is dedicated to providing for our kids in all ways.”
“We want kids to walk in on the first day and be proud of their school and excited for the first day of learning,” said Kate Skonberg, family and community engagement coordinator for the district. “This annual event gives our community an opportunity to come together to support our schools and students. It is imperative to student learning to start the year right and provide a sense of connection for our students, families and community.”
The Better Together service day is part of the district’s Opportunity 2030 commitment Every Community Served and First Day Ready initiative to make sure students, families, and schools are prepared for the first day of school. Students in Hamilton County Schools returned to the classroom on Aug. 9.