MILLEDGEVILLE — In honor of the start of the school year, Milledgeville Main Street's August First Friday will have a back to school theme.
There will be many opportunities to meet and greet with school board members, as well as students and teachers from schools in Milledgeville.
Baldwin County Board of Educations members are invited, and students, parents and other community members can meet with them and ask questions.
A community pep rally will also be held in the parking lot next to the downtown post office as a way to start the school year off with a bang. Cheerleaders from Georgia Military College Prep School, John Milledge Academy and Baldwin High School will have a friendly cheer-off.
As a part of the back to school theme, Mary Vinson Memorial Library will coordinate a used book sale at Digital Bridges downtown on Hancock Street to help raise money for the upcoming Georgia Literary Festival, which Milledgeville will host in the fall.
Host organizations for the festival include the Twin Lakes Library System, Georgia Military College, Georgia College and Allied Arts.
Library volunteers and supporters will be at Digital Bridges between 6 and 8 p.m. Paperback books are $1 and hardcover books are $2.
“We would gladly accept assistance from any community organization or business that wishes to help with the funding of the festival,” said Sarah Hamil, Mary Vinson Memorial Library's outreach coordinator and co-chair of the festival.
Other groups in the community will also get involved with First Friday, including the Oconee Regional Symphony Orchestra.
This community-based, volunteer orchestra is made up of string, woodwind, brass and percussion players ages 16 and old from Milledgeville and surrounding communities.
While ORSO will not perform, orchestra members will have an information table set up in front of Digital Bridges to promote the upcoming open auditions, slated for Aug. 13, as well as their third season of rehearsals and concerts.