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Support nature’s trail, other projects to benefit students

Pike County teachers have their students’ best interests at heart and sometimes, they need the help of the community to make their students’ dreams come true. Several teachers have projects at which need financial support to make a reality. Search Zebulon, GA at and you will see the Buddy’s Nature Trail project at the elementary school, the Books for My Fabulous Fifth Graders project, the Tech, Tech, Tech! project at the Ninth Grade Academy, the Lounge and Learn project at the elementary school and the I UnderSTAND the Need for Reeds project for the Pirate Regiment Marching Band. 

The Pike County Elementary School plans to have its own nature trail for teachers, students and the community to enjoy. Phase 1 will start the trail behind the fourth and fifth grade playground, wind around to an outdoor classroom space and connect with the Trailblazers running route. Phase 2 will continue the trail to the beginning of the Pirate Trail behind the high school, now known as Jacob’s Way in honor of one of our own beloved students, Jacob Woerner.  

“Many of our residents and businesses have already stepped up to help with this nature trail project. The kind and generous Pierce Brothers of Double P Grading will clear the trail that’s already been marked with flags from beginning to end. Coleman Tatum of Tatum’s Tree Service will provide 30 seats made of tree sections for our students and teachers to use for the outdoor classroom. Brooklyne Wassel, Pike’s UGA Extension Agent, is helping with the identification of native trees and plants for signage along the trail. Ashley Wright is in the process of writing grants to secure funds for native plants and trees, equipment for future maintenance, signage along the trail, and lumber to line the trail. Special shout out to the adorable and friendly goats who helped by eating all of the kudzu,” said PCES science teacher Mandi Wood. “Look for an upcoming community invasive plant removal day where we will be pulling privet and other invasive plants to make room for the planting of some of Georgia’s native species, including pollinator plants, bushes, and trees that will help our native species thrive. In order for us to have it declared a ‘National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitat Trail,’ it will require bird houses, bat houses, barred owl nesting boxes, bird feeders, a water source and several other features needed to complete the habitat.”

Contact Ashley Wright at or Mandi Wood at for ideas, donations, or ways to help.

“I have amazing students! A BUNCH of them! So many students, in fact, that when we have our concerts, we find ourselves sharing stands and coming up a bit short. Therefore, I am asking you to help us see our music even better and have to share stands less and less,” said director of bands Lee Ewing. “They sometimes can afford their reeds, and sometimes not. It would be very helpful if they were provided with a couple of reeds each to help them have what they need for success!”

Donations to provide additional stands for music and reeds for instruments can be made online at 

“This PCHS band director gives to our children day in and day out! From Friday nights under the lights and Saturday mornings at competitions sometimes hours away to parades and county events. He is selfless in giving his time to concert band, chorus and marching band. Please help support our bands and an Amazing Director, Mr. Ewing,” said Melissa White. 

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