2005-03-02 / Front Page

Super Eagle final plans announced

Super Eagle final
plans announced


Members of the Jenkins County Elementary School Health Index Committee and representatives from participating organizations met recently to discuss the second annual "Super Eagle Day" set for Saturday, March 12. From left, are, seated: Linda Jenkins and Debbie Williams; and standing: Charles Drummer, Dr. Judy Holton, Laurie Sherrod, Pam Brown, Ray Miller, Donna Saxon, Randy Hill, Patricia Frye, Henry Young, Edna Davis and Pam Dwight. (Staff photo by Deborah Bennett)Members of the Jenkins County Elementary School Health Index Committee and representatives from participating organizations met recently to discuss the second annual "Super Eagle Day" set for Saturday, March 12. From left, are, seated: Linda Jenkins and Debbie Williams; and standing: Charles Drummer, Dr. Judy Holton, Laurie Sherrod, Pam Brown, Ray Miller, Donna Saxon, Randy Hill, Patricia Frye, Henry Young, Edna Davis and Pam Dwight. (Staff photo by Deborah Bennett)

Saturday, March 12, has been designated as "Community Health Awareness Day" in Jenkins County as the second annual "Super Eagle Day" gets underway on the lawn of the Jenkins County Courthouse.

The Jenkins County Elementary School Health Index Committee has planned a number of activities designed to help students, faculty and members of the community recognize the importance of reading to children, engaging in physical activity and eating properly.

Late race registration and packet pick-up for the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk is set for 7 a.m. with the race getting underway at 8:30 a.m. The entry fee is $8 early registration and $10 on March 12. Participants will receive a participation ribbon and a T-shirt.

The 5K Road Race will begin at 9 a.m. All registered runners will receive a T-shirt, and trophies will be awarded to the first place overall male and female and the top three finishers, male and female, in each age division. The entry fee is $15 early and $17 on the day of the race.

From 9-11 a.m., a Community Health Fair will take place with representatives from several agencies present to provide information on proper nutrition, physical activity and to administer several basic health tests. Agencies and organizations scheduled to participate include the Jenkins County Health Department, Jenkins County Hospital, Jenkins County School Food Service, 21st Century Community Learning Center, Jenkins County Family Enrichment Commission (JCFEC), East Central Health District (ECHD) VI and University of Georgia Department of Food and Nutrition.

Edna Davis of the ECHD praised the efforts of all involved in the event commenting, "We’re very proud of what the school index team has accomplished over the past years. Childhood obesity is very prevalent, and their efforts are going to be beneficial to the community as a whole."

Also, from 9-11 a.m., Randy Hill, local Child ID coordinator for Planters Electric Membership Corporation will set up a Child ID booth to fingerprint, photograph and issue an ID card to children for their safety and protection. A parent must accompany children who are to receive ID cards.

To encourage reading among young children, students 12 years of age and under will receive a free book in their registration packet along with their Super Eagle Day T-shirt. Books will be provided by the JCFEC.

Proceeds from the races will benefit the Jenkins County High School boys’ and girls’ track teams and the Jenkins County Elementary School Health Index Project.

Event coordinator Ray Miller commented, "We just want to encourage participation. The object is not to make money but to get people involved and to raise awareness."


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