Greene County Children’s Policy Council open “Little Free Outdoor Libraries” throughout Greene County

Submitted by Children Policy Council Staff 

Shown L to R: Joycelyn Steele, Juvenile Officer Courtnei Cook,   District Judge Lillie Jones-Osborne, Marcus Steele, SPOT student Marcus Steele III,  Greenetrack CEO Luther Nat Winn,   Jennifer Watkins, Emma Jackson and Dr. Carol  P. Zippert, Policy Council Members.

The Greene County Children’s Policy Council is always looking for ways to improve the lives of children in Greene County. The Greene County Children’s Policy Council current project is to install “Little Free Outdoor Libraries” in designated areas throughout Greene County. Studies have shown that books in the hands of children have a meaningful impact on improving literacy. The more books in or near the home, the more likely a child will learn and love to read.

On last week the Policy Council held ribbon cutting ceremonies at six (6) sites throughout Greene County. The current libraries are located at the Eutaw City Park, Greene County Children’s Policy Council Resource Center, Carver Circle, Boligee Park, Steele’s Barber Shop, and the Forkland Youth Center. The Policy Council will be placing (10) additional libraries throughout the County within the next few months. These libraries are registered and will appear on the “Little Free Library” World map. The libraries will be maintained and stocked continually by students who are involved in the Council’s mentoring program. This project will not only teach the students about responsibility but also the value of community service.

According to Judge Lillie Jones-Osborne, Chairman of the Greene County Children’s Policy Council, this project was made possible by a donation from GreeneTrack and Mr. Luther ‘Nat’ Winn. She encourages parents and students to visit a “Little Outdoor Library” and pick up a free book to take home and read.

Greene County High School holds 4th annual Tie Tying Ceremony

. — photography Cynthia Crawford

Judge Lillie Jones-Osborne assisting student
Marcus Steele assisting students
Student assisting student

The Greene County High School 9th Grade Academy, in its fourth year, held its annual Tie Tying Ceremony, Tuesday, August 6, 2019 in the school gymnasium. The Academy program focuses on detailed guidance and assistance for the incoming Freshman Class. The students will receive in depth academic monitoring, counseling, tutoring and guided postsecondary advising The 87 student Freshman Class, with an expected high school graduation date of 2023, will adorn the classic school uniform of navy blue blazer, white shirts and kaki pants with their own distinguishing red and white stripped tie. The ties were provided complimentary of the Greene County Children’s Policy Council, where District Judge Lillie Jones Osborne serves as President.
School Personnel and community stakeholders assisting students in learning appropriate tie tying included Superintendent Dr. Corey Jones, GCHS Principal Willie Simmons, Assist. Principal Andrea Perry, Marcus Steele, Sr., Alphonzo Morton, III and Alphonzo Morton, Jr., Mr. Gary Rice, Mrs. Theresa Mack and Joshua M Campbell.