Thanks for all who supported the Back 2 School Bash

First Posted: 5:11 am - August 25th, 2015

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T-U Schools expresses thanks for Back to School Bash

The first annual Back to School Bash was held Thursday, August 6, at the Upson County Civic Center. The event, which was for K-5 students and their families, featured free haircuts for students, education services, food, activities, and free school supplies. The overwhelming number of students and families in attendance validated the need for this type of event in our community, and the enormous amount of volunteer and donor support was the perfect example of what we can accomplish when our community unites over a shared purpose. That purpose was to promote the importance of education in Thomaston and Upson County, to empower students, and to give them the tools and the confidence they need to be successful in school.

The Thomaston-Upson School System would first and foremost like to thank Gary Moore, who conceived this idea, and the individual members of the Back to School Bash steering committee, who assisted in making the idea a reality. We also want to offer our deepest gratitude to everyone who donated to this endeavor and who volunteered at the event: Upson Professionals Inc.; Thomaston-Upson Chamber of Commerce; Thomaston-Upson County Recreation Department; Upson County Sheriff’s Department; City of Thomaston Police Department; City of Thomaston Fire Department; Upson Regional Medical Center; The Wellness Center; Upson County Family Connections; RUSH Ministries; NorthRidge Church; Sertoma Club; Rotary Club; Gary & Valerie Moore; Driver & Adams, CPAs; Trennis Dumas State Farm Insurance; United Bank; Colony Bank; AmeriGroup; WellCare; 4H – Upson Co. Extension Service; Flint Rose Studios; Upson County DOT Employee Association; Richard Bishoff, Attorney at Law; Gary Johnson Insurance; Piggly Wiggly; Upson County Farm Bureau; Southern Crescent Technical College; Southern Crescent Technical College Cosmetology Department; Brenda Harris – HeadStart; Upson READ; The Upson Beacon; The Thomaston Times; Quad/Graphics Employees; WTGA; Norcom; Sabrina Lancaster, NP-C; Employees of Plant Addison; Golden Living Center; Edward Jones Investments – Wynn Trice; Speedi Lube; Kay Robinson State Farm Insurance; Michelle Tindell Brooks; Katie McClain – Advanced Accounting; Lake Bridge Behavioral Health; Georgia Kinship; Beyond the Bell; Tami’s Talents; and The Balloon Man. Wow! You are all fantastic!

Our community is special because we care about one another. Thank you all for embodying the spirit of our community! We look forward to the 2nd annual Back to School Bash in 2016!


Dr. Maggie V. Shook, Superintendent

Dr. Mike Gatlin, Deputy Superintendent

Karen Truesdale, Director of School & Community Relations

Dr. LaSharon McClain, ULSE Principal

Shad Seymour, ULNE Principal



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