Students able to learn the history of Madison Co. by coloring with the Bicentennial book
There are nearly 9,000 Kindergarten to Grade 5 students in Madison County in public, private and home school programs.
And all have received or will receive a copy of a special Bicentennial Celebration coloring book initiated by the Bicentennial Commission and composed by local artists.
“When we started planning everything for the bicentennial, we were looking for as many ways as possible to involve the county children in the celebration,” said Judy Renshaw, member of the bicentennial steering committee. “We did some research online on how other communities celebrated their own bicentennials, and it’s something that stood out to us. “
The coloring books contain scenes depicting important aspects of Jackson and Madison County history, such as railway workers working with trains or boats on the Forked Deer River. Some of the pages are portraits of important people in local history, such as Sonny Boy Williamson and Sue Shelton White.
All the pages were drawn by local artists. Wanda Stanfill was one of the artists who drew five of the pages.
“I was happy to be a part of it because I was born and raised here and music was important in my life because my dad was involved in music, so drawing Sonny Boy Williamson and Miss Maybelle was something thing I wanted to do, ”says Stanfill.
The book was funded by the Leaders Education Foundation. Eddie Hayes, the chairman of the Foundation’s board of directors, was at the Montessori community school on Tuesday in a ceremony celebrating the donation of the books.
“Education is important to us, and it’s a great way to educate the children of Madison County about our local history,” said Hayes. “It’s a beautiful book that tells a lot of the important history of the region.”
A few CMS students attended the celebration, and Jackson Mayor Scott Conger said he was jealous of them.
“You all get a coloring book, and that’s something we never had with our local history when I was growing up,” Conger said. “But this is a great idea in an important year for our region and something the children of Jackson and Madison County can hopefully enjoy and learn at the same time.”
Madison County Administrator John Newman attended on behalf of the county.
“It’s important to remember local history and teach it to our children,” Newman said. “I’m happy to see our kids have this coloring on the pages and have read what and who they’re coloring and why they’re important here.”
Superintendent Marlon King and CMS Director Melinda Harris represented Jackson-Madison County schools at the celebration.
“It’s so great to see members of the community come together for the betterment of our children,” King said. “And this book is an excellent result of some of these partnerships with the Foundation and the Bicentennial Commission. “
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