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  • Kirklands are 2013 Family of the Year

  • Lori Kirkland could not stop smiling after her family was announced as the Jackson County Family of the Year.



    “We were so surprised,” she said after her family’s name was announced. “This is exciting and very unexpected.”

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  • Lori Kirkland could not stop smiling after her family was announced as the Jackson County Family of the Year.
    “We were so surprised,” she said after her family’s name was announced. “This is exciting and very unexpected.”
    This is the 15th year for Jackson County Family Week, which kicks off Saturday. The goal is to recognize outstanding families in the community and to encourage families to spend more time together. Diane Mack, founder of the event, said it is tremendous to see where Family Week has come since its start as a PTA project at Cordill-Mason Elementary School in 1998. The 2013 Jackson County Family Week is April 21 to 27.
    “I have always been a family enthusiast, so this just seemed natural,” Mack said. “I just love seeing families recognized for doing good things.”
    Twenty-four families were nominated for the annual award, including the Kirklands. Among the activities during the banquet were a “fishing booth,” magic show, animals from the Savanahland Educational Park n Pleasant Hill and a caricature artist.
    In the family’s nomination, it said that the Kirklands are a “wonderful example of a strong supporting and loving family.” Kayla Kirkland said this is especially evident since her mother’s multiple sclerosis diagnosis.
    “Ever since my mom was diagnosed with MS, we have been there for her to help out,” she said. “It is important to take care of your family whenever we can.”
    George Kirkland said the nomination and subsequent win surprised him because he feels they do not do anything differently than any other family.
    “A lot of how we feel comes with how we were raised and is based on our religion,” he said of the focus on family in his home. “Family is very important to us, and we are honored to have been recognized in this way.”
    In addition to the Family of the Year, the winners of the Jackson County Family Week essay contest were honored. These included Casey Chasteen, a fourth grader at Daniel Young Elementary; Chase Frazier, a fourth grader at Daniel Young Elementary and Corey Johnson, a sixth grader at Moreland Ridge Middle School. Trevor Nelson, a third grader at Franklin Smith Elementary, was recognized as a honorable mention winner.
    More information about Family Week is available on the website at www.jacksoncountyfamilyweek.org.
     

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