Toombs Family Connection Names New Coordinator

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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 groups in Bible study and serving as the Site Coordinator for the 21st Century after school program at Toombs County Middle School. Mrs. Williamson has extensive experience in public relations which will aid her greatly in this position.
“We are excited about the experience and dedication that Mrs. Williamson brings to our local collaborative,” said Shirley Hayes, Chair of the Toombs County Family Connection Collaborative. “Her experience will continue to enhance our efforts to improve the lives of children, families, and communities in Georgia. Former Coordinator, Anna Bullard, did an outstanding job and Mrs. Williamson will be able to pick up right where Mrs. Bullard left off so there will be no gaps. This a huge advantage for Toombs County.”
“It has been the greatest honor to serve my community as the Toombs Family Connection Coordinator,” Anna said. “After much prayer, I have decided to take an opportunity to work specifically with children with special needs. I will continue to be an active member of the collaborative. The opportunity to work with the collaborative and the community has changed my life and I know that the new coordinator, Mrs. Paige Williamson, will serve the community with compassion and leadership. Thank you to everyone for letting me serve as your coordinator and I look forward to the future.”
The Toombs County Family Connection Collaborative has been active for the past  14 years. During this time, the Collaborative has addressed some key issues that affect children and families in Toombs County. One of its greatest achievements is the 21st Century After School Program, a federally funded grant program that is housed at Toombs County Middle School and Lyons Upper Elementary School. Twenty-first Century offers K-8th grade students a wonderful after school experience where students have the opportunity to take a variety of enrichment classes and receive academic help from regular school day teachers. Currently, the Collaborative is working to increase the Toombs County high school graduation rate and increase Math CRCT scores for Toombs County 3rd, 5th, and 8th graders.
Family Connection is a statewide network of 159 counties that have made a commitment to improve results for children, families, and communities. Each collaborative is a public/private partnership that develops, implements and evaluates a community strategic plan to improve results in five areas: healthy children; children ready for school; children succeeding in school; strong families; and self-sufficient families.
Local partners include the Toombs and Vidalia City Schools, Toombs County DFCS, Rachel’s House, City of Vidalia, Lyons Police Department, Meadows Regional Medical Center, Mercy Clinic, Pineland Mental Health, Safe Kids, Toombs County Health Department, United Way of Toombs/Montgomery/Wheeler, The Refuge, Department of Juvenile Justice, Sunshine House, Family Intervention Center, and various local faith-based organizations among others. These local leaders meet regularly to make decisions about what results are desired, set priorities to achieve the results, allocate resources, and hold themselves accountable for the well-being of children and families in their community.