ECHS, WMS Bicentennial projects announced

ECBOE Innovation Specialist and ECHS Principal Wes Rogers announced that students will be collaborating with EES 4th graders on a children’s book centered around Eclectic history. (Amalia Kortright/The Herald)

The community service projects by two Elmore County Schools that were recently selected as Bicentennial Schools by Gov. Kay Ivey were announced at a board of education meeting Monday.

Students from Elmore County High School will be writing a children’s book that recounts the history of Eclectic, and Wetumpka Middle School students will be working to organize a Taste of Wetumpka and put together a cookbook.

ECBOE Innovation Specialist Julie Powell described the children’s book as a collaborative effort between the high school and Eclectic Elementary School. Powell said the high school students will do the writing, while the 4th graders will provide the illustrations.

ECHS Principal Wes Rogers said the children’s book will be distributed among all 4th graders at Eclectic Elementary School once it is completed. WMS seventh grade civics and geography teacher Amanda Killough said Taste of Wetumpka will convey the city’s history through food.

“We’re going to collect recipes that have been passed down through families and then our culminating event will be an actual Taste of Wetumpka where we will invite the community to come try the recipes and produce a cookbook as well,” Killough said.

Earlier this month, both schools were chosen along with 200 other schools throughout the state and received $2,000 grants from the Alabama Bicentennial Committee to fund their projects.

ECBOE member Patrycya Tucker commended both schools on their choice of community service projects. As a former English teacher, Tucker said it “touched her heart.”