RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY! The Former Jefferson Elementary School Basketball Court Repairs

The threat of rain loomed over the ribbon cutting for the new basketball courts at Jefferson Elementary school in Jarratt on Saturday. However, rain took a vacation and the ribbon cutting was done, celebrating the installments of a basketball court. In addition, the children’s playground was cleaned and prepared by staff from the county.

The former Jefferson Elementary School located in Jarratt, Virginia has been closed for some time now; however, the basketball court on the property was still being used for recreation purpose by the children in the neighborhood.

Earlier in the year, Supervisor Tyler (Henry District) noticed that the basketball court was in a state of disrepair. The basketball court was located near the tree line of the property. The roots, mainly from the pine trees, had grown through the basketball court and had created a series of hills, cracks, and crevices—not conducive to playing. Recognizing that children in the community lack adequate recreational facilities, Supervisor Tyler brought his concerns to the Board with a request to repair the basketball court. The repairs included laying new asphalt, turning one basketball goal around and adding a new goal at the other end.

At its June 2017 Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board approved an appropriation for the repairs to the basketball court at the former Jefferson Elementary School, located at 9436 Mayes Street, Jarratt, Virginia. Supervisor Tyler officially cut the ribbon on Saturday, November 18, 2017 to mark the completion of the basketball court repairs.Donations from Jerusalem Baptist Church, Owen Ford, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hamlin, the Coalition of Pastors and leaders from Sussex County and Stith Solutions defrayed the cost for refreshments. Sheriff Giles, Deputy Winfield, and Deputy Simmons prepared the food. The Improvement Association took the leadership role in organizing the event.

Pictured are citizens and children from the Jarratt community. Also pictured from left to right are the Honorable Rufus Tyler, Sussex Board of Supervisors Henry District (cutting the ribbon; Officer Simmons, Lt. Givens, Officer Meredith—all of Sussex County’s Sheriff’s Department; Delegate Roslyn Tyler, 75th District Virginia House of Delegates, Sussex County’s Sheriff Ernest Giles, Tia Sanchez, Sussex Department of Social Services; and Robert E. Hamlin, former Henry District Board of Supervisors member. Also present but not pictured were Mr. Vandy V. Jones, III, Sussex County Administrator and Millard “Pete” Stith, Sussex Consultant.

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