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25 Things You should Know about Region 9

Georgia Family Connection turned 25 in 2016, so we’re taking you on a journey—region by region—throughout our anniversary year to show you the landscape for children and families across our state. Read more

21st Century School Students Start Receiving Hot Meals

All 21st Century After School students in both school systems will be served hot meals through Second Harvest Food Bank starting Monday, March 2nd, thanks to efforts from Program Director, Anna Bullard, JR TRippe Site Coordinator, Jared Sharpe, and FC …
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WinShape Camp Is Coming To The Vidalia Area This Summer

WINSHAPE CAMPS is coming to our community this summer! This is the ultimate day camp experience!! Camp is for completed 1st – completed 6th graders from June 29 – July 3rd. Location – Sally D. Meadows Cost is $149 but …
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TFC Partners With Local Schools To Restart a Mentoring Program

February 12–  Twenty-five area ciitizens are volunteering to help “at-risk” young people in Vidalia and Toombs County schools.  Paige Williamson, Director of Toombs Family Connection, says the mentors will target students in the fifth through 12th grades.  Jerry Tuttle, a …
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Thanksgiving Sharing

November 20–  People in the Vidalia area are working to make Thanksgiving better this year for folks who can use some help. At Meadows Regional Medical Center this week, employees contributed nearly 5,000 pounds of food to the Salvation Army. …
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Bikes For Christmas

The Lyons Police Department and Toombs County Middle School Ag Class made nine children and families very happy this Christmas. Chief Wesley Walker of the Lyons PD contacted Paige Williamson, Director of Toombs Family Connection, and explained that the department …
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Toombs Family Connection Begins Recruitment for School-Based Mentoring Program

Toombs Family Connection is happy to announce that we have partnered with Toombs County Schools, Vidalia City Schools, and a group from the 2014-15 Leadership Toombs-Montgomery class to begin a Mentoring Program for our at-risk students in grades 5 through …
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National Alliance of Mental Illness Family Meeting

A series of 12 weekly classes structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The course is taught by a team of trained NAMI family member volunteers who know what it’s …
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Annual Plan Is Set

Toombs Family Connection has set our goals and benchmarks for the new fiscal year. Our goal is to improve conditions for children and families in Toombs County. Our benchmark objectives are: (1)to increase 3rd grade Math CRCT scores from 77% …
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No Family Connection Meetings Over The Summer

The collaborative has decided not to meet during the summer months. The next collaborative meeting will be announced at a later time.

Toombs Family Connection Names New Coordinator

Vidalia – The Board of Directors of Toombs County Family Connection has announced the appointment of Paige Williamson as its new Family Connection Coordinator. Williamson brings a wealth of knowledge to the position. Some of Williamson’s achievements include leading youth …
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21st Century’s End of Year Performance

On Thursday, April 24th at 4:30 p.m., 21st Century after school students will be hosting their annual end of year performance at Lyons Upper Elementary School. Community members are welcome to attend! Come out and see what our students have been …
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Prescription Drug Drop Box Located at Toombs County Sheriff’s Office

 Did you know that there was a 13% increase in prescription drug abuse for non-medical purposes from 2008 to 2009 according to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health? Sixty-three percent of teens believe that prescription drugs are …
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Vidalia Walmart and The Salvation Army “Fill the Truck” to collect toy donations

The Salvation Army and Walmart of Vidalia are hosting a “Fill the Truck” toy drive at the Vidalia Walmart on Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Community members are asked to drop off …
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21st Century Invites Toombs and Vidalia Schools to Parent Night

     November is Parent Engagement Month! We at Toombs Family Connection strongly encourage our parents to be active participants in their child’s education. We realize that the more engaged our parents are in their child’s education, the more successful our …
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First Southeast Georgia Special Needs and Developmental Disabilities Support Group Meeting Scheduled for December 3, 2013

Toombs Family Connection has partnered with Safe Kids to develop the Southeast Georgia Special Needs and Developmental Disabilities Support Group. The first meeting will be held Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at Meadows Wellness Center located at 1 Meadows …
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The Annie E. Casey Foundation National Report

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently released a national report that warns how our nation is failing to invest enough in our children’s early years, leaving them unprepared to succeed in school and life. While Georgia has one of the highest …
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