Annual Golden Age Event 2019

Pulaski County Staff celebrating at the GAP 2019 Event


The Pulaski County School System recently hosted its 14th annual fall event for members of the Golden Age Program (GAP) November 2nd at Pulaski County High School Cafeteria. Around 550 participated in an America-Red, White, and Blue Evening”. 

Mr. Patrick Richardson, Superintendent of Pulaski Schools, welcomed all the guest and thanked them for their continued support for our students and schools.  

The cafeteria was transformed into a Patriotic theme using American Flags, red, white and blue centerpieces.  Large patriotic posters, created by Pulaski School Works were hanging between the windows which were adorned with bunting. An American Eagleagle ice sculpture was at the entrance of the event.  Members enjoyed a traditional American meal of hamburgers, hot dogs, apple pie, and all the fixings. The meal was prepared by Mercedes Rutherford, Food Service Director, and several food staff members from our schools.  . 

GAP members enjoyed live music performed by the band, “The Last Time Out”.  Band members consisted of Tim Eaton, rhythm guitar/vocals, Maurice Stringer, mandolin/vocals, Charlie Randall, bass guitar/vocals, Dave Hall, steele guitar, Marty Pennicuff, lead guitar/vocals and Tom Taxa, saxophone.  

The National Anthem and a Tribute to our Armed Forces were performed by Mrs. Meredith Braun and members of Pulaski County High School Choir.  The PCHS JROTC presented the colors. Students from Southwestern and Pulaski High Schools were on hand to help with the evening’s activities.

This was a fun and exciting evening and an excellent opportunity to give something back to our GAP members and guests who mean so much to the success of our school district.  The GAP program is an example of our philosophy to reach out to the community and make our schools accessible to everyone. 

To help make the evening special, local vendors provided gift cards and prizes to give away. Participating sponsors include Alison Hunley, Attorney at Law, Amon’s Sugar Shack, Angela Vaught Photography, Captain D’s, Care Source, Carquest, Cash Express, Center for Rural Development, Citizens National Bank, Community Trust Bank of Somerset, Community Trust Bank of Mt. Vernon, Crown Rental, Culver’s, Cumberland Falls State Park, Cumberland Lake Shell, Cumberland Security Bank, Cumberland Valley National Bank, Don Franklin, Donato’s, Fazoli’s, First & Farmers National Bank, First Southern Bank, Get Ur Smoke On, Gold Star Chili, Guthrie’s Riverhouse, Hardees North, Honey Baked Hams, Kingsford, Krista Pierce, Monticello Banking Company, Morris Hislope Funeral Home, Papa John’s Pizza, Penn Station, Pepsi, Pulaski County Government, Serendipity at The Orange Door, Sears Glass Shop, Somerset Cinema, Somerset-Pulaski Visitors Center, Sonny’s, Sports Den, Texas Roadhouse, The UPS Store, Valvoline, Wings & Rings, Woodhouse Day Spa, Woodman Life, and Zaxby’s. 

Gap members enjoyed having photos made in front of an Antebellum Mansion, created by school works.   Complimentary photos were sent to each guest.

It is truly a team effort from the staff members at Central Office to transform the room into and American Theme. It takes everyone working together to get this done.   Thanks to all who helped in any way to make this a fun and memorable evening for our GAP members. Over 400 non-perishable food items were brought in for a charitable donation. 

The GAP program is available to senior adults in the community who are 55 years of age or older. Through the program, The Golden Age Pass, entitles the bearer to free admission to all Pulaski County Schools’ activities (academic, athletic, or performance events at all home facilities). For more information about the Golden Age Program, contact Roxanna Bishop, Public Relations Director of Pulaski Schools at 679-1123.

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