Schools and community together
It is amazing what you can learn by planning a simple event, like Marietta City Schools hosting the October 6, First Friday in downtown Marietta. Actually, it is not simple. An event like this has a lot of moving parts. What I learned most is that there are a lot of people that are proud to have graduated from Marietta City Schools.
I was an Army brat, so I attended six different schools in 3 states and two countries. The concept of attending K-12 with the same group of people is rather foreign to me (no pun intended). My graduating class in Ada, Ohio had 48 students, most of whom started Kindergarten together. This was a phenomenon to me at the time, but I have since realized that public school alumni really do create the fiber and structure of a small city like Marietta. Many times I have made the mistake of introducing people to each other who were classmates.
Another area that I did not have much experience with is the school support organizations. As a teacher, I was the recipient of the amazing support provided by the MMS and Washington Elementary PTO organizations. However, not having children, I have not experienced these groups from a parent or community perspective. The Marietta community members that are a part of these groups are all volunteers and give their time, money, and available resources in order to support Marietta City Schools with the education and development of their children. Through the process of planning the MCS Tigers First Friday, I have collaborated with many of the support organizations (of which there are 10!) for the first time ever, and they were very willing to support the idea of bringing some Tiger Spirit to the city of Marietta.
Many of the participating merchants also have connections to Marietta City Schools, either as alumni themselves, having children that attended or are currently attending. Those connections make the MCS Tigers First Friday just as important to them. It makes it fun, too! From the planning perspective, it has been really neat to hear the excitement from folks as they make plans and talk about the possibilities of the evening. Planning becomes easier when everyone knows everyone, as they already have the connections and the ideas.
Even though this was a much more daunting task than it originally seemed, it has been a pleasure delving into the fiber and structure of Marietta and reviving that old school spirit. Please join us as we take over downtown and paint it orange and black on October 6, from 5-9 PM. Details about the evening can be found on the Marietta City Schools Facebook page, and there will be a MCS booth on the Armory lawn, next to the Marietta Main Street booth, with the same information. It won’t be hard to find us, as we will right in front of the big yellow school bus.
MCS would like to thank Marietta Main Street for giving us this opportunity to reconnect with our city. Special thanks needs to be given to the following organizations and people who graciously worked together to fund brand new Tiger Spirit flags and poles: Marietta City Schools ~ Marietta Tiger Athletic Boosters ~ Marietta Youth League ~ Marietta Hall of Fame ~ Marietta Band Boosters ~ Doug Mallett ~ Phillips PTO ~ Harmar PTO ~ MHS Alumni and Friends ~ Hall Financial ~ Stacy Hall, Webb & Emma ~ Baker and Baker Jewelers ~ Tenney & Associates, David and Stephanie Tenney
Tasha Werry, Bridges 2 Careers, Marietta City Schools.