The June 21 meeting was held on the Milledgeville campus of Central Georgia Technical College, and Jones County was well represented with nine people attending, including Board of Commissioners Chairman Preston Hawkins, Mayor Gus Wilson, and Board of Education member Alfred Pitts.
Tera Cochran, Community Action Teams coordinator and director of operations for the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, led the meeting. The coordinator explained that Community Action Teams (CATs) are a unique partnership between the Ferst Foundation and local volunteers who are dedicated to providing books to all children under the age of 5 living in their community.
Cochran introduced Betsy Wagenhauser, who is the new president of the Ferst Foundation, as the first speaker. The president’s first statement was that Georgia needs to increase registration of children receiving books.
“When counties reach above 50 percent registration, we start seeing evidence in test scores,” she said.
For the full story, pick up a copy of this week's newspaper or subscribe to our e-Edition at http://ee.jcnews.com.