History of Jenkins Elementary School
Jenkins is named after Bartow Jenkins, former teacher, coach, and mayor of Lawrenceville. It was established in 2010 and opened for 950 students on August 9, 2010. The initial staff was 95 people. Jenkins opened as a Title I school.
The faculty and staff made a surprise walk-through visit at the first faculty meeting that was held on May 2, 2010. They had a team-building working retreat at the school on June 2 and 3. The first community open house to see the building was held on July 19.
The dedication ceremony was held on October 24, 2010 with the school board and city officials on hand to dedicate the building in honor of Bartow Jenkins. His family members were also present. The 2nd graders sang the national anthem and the chorus also sang an inspirational song.
The first fall festival was held on October 30, 2010. PTA sponsored this fund-raising event. It was a fun time with hay rides, trunk or treat, a costume parade, face painting, and lots of sports activities.
The first international night was held on January 27, 2011 with over 600 people attending! Each grade level presented writing pieces and art work for a different region of the world. Food tasting was a big hit in each region as families toured the different region presentations.
Our first teacher of the year was Nicole Kidwell. She was chosen by her peers to represent Jenkins as our first teacher of the year in September, 2011.