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It is the mission of Paul J. Blackwell Learning Center to provide a quality education through developmentally appropriate educational activities, as well as comprehensive services to every student and their family within the Elbert County Community.


By educating the “whole” child academically, emotionally, physically and socially through age appropriate academic standards, creative play and active health education.

We believe:

  • Every child has learning potential.
  • Teaching children basic life skills early, promotes healthy living.
  • Family engagement is the key to student success.

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Safety Concerns Prompt Cancellation of All Classes on Monday, August 21


The Elbert County School District has cancelled all classes for Monday, Aug. 21, due to safety concerns associated with the solar eclipse.  It will be considered an inclement weather day and a make-up day will not be required.  All staff, except bus drivers and cafeteria staff, will report to work as normal.


Initial plans were for our school district to delay dismissal until 3:20 p.m. on August 21, but an email notification was received on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from the company supplying protective solar eclipse glasses to our three largest schools.  The notification stated that confirmation had not been received from the supplier that the eclipse glasses have been sourced from a recommended manufacturer.  It explicitly recommends that the glasses not be used to view the sun or the eclipse. 


After receiving the notification, various options were reviewed.  It was decided that the most safe and responsible action was to cancel all classes for Monday, August 21. 


All Elbert County schools will continue to educate students on the science associated with the solar eclipse.  Likewise, we will continue to provide guidance on the dangers of looking directly at the sun at any time without the use of special safety glasses.  Guidelines for watching the eclipse have been posted by NASA at


Thank you for your support and understanding.


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* Send 2 towels with your child for nap time. We will send these home every other week to be washed. Please return them on Mondays.

* Make sure you have read, signed and returned the Student Handbook Forms.

* Check your child's folder everyday.

* Make sure your child has a change of clothes in their backpack.

* Sign up for our text based remind system. All you have to so is text @6hggf7 to the number 81010.

* If your child is wearing a dress or a skirt please allow them to wear shorts underneath the dress/skirt.

* Remember we do have a daily exercise program. Tennis Shoes prevent falls/slips and injuries. Flip flops, sandals and boots can cause injuries to your child.

* If your child has a medical condition, please talk with your child's teacher and or our school nurse, if you have not already.

* If you have outstanding paperwork that is due to Mrs. Downer, please send it in this week.


Upcoming 2017-2018 Pre-K Parents:

REMIND is a text based communication system that we use to keep in contact with all parents and staff.

We will send reminders about school closings and school functions. 

All you have to so is text @6hggf7 to the number 81010 



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Paul J Blackwell Learning Center  |  373 Campbell Street  |  Elberton, GA 30635
Phone:706-213-4400  |  Fax:706-283-1162