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T.J. Sanders to speak at Franklin education banquet

The fifth annual Franklin County Education Banquet will be held Tuesday, May 7 in the cafetorium of Franklin County School beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Franklin County Education Foundation, the banquet honors Rookies of the Year, School-Related Employees of the Year, and Teachers of the Year for the 2023-24 school year from both of Franklin County’s public schools, the Apalachicola Bay Charter School and Franklin County School. Also, those retiring at the end of the current school year will be recognized.

This year the event features a guest speaker, Anthony Sanders, Jr., a graduate of Apalachicola High School with the Class of 1997. Known as TJ to most people in his Apalachicola hometown, he now lives in Atlanta, Georgia where he owns and is head chef of a restaurant group, Good Food & Company which has four Atlanta eateries including the highly acclaimed restaurant, the Atlanta Breakfast Club.

The community is invited to attend the banquet and join the foundation in paying tribute to those who have been recognized by their peers. Cost is $10 per person, which can be paid at the door, but you must reserve your seat because space is limited. Send your RSVP to the banquet chair, Elinor Mount-Simmons at emountsimmons@gmail.com no later than noon, Tuesday, April 30.

To be a sponsor of the banquet, contact Cliff Butler at (850) 653.5848. For additional banquet information, reach out to Mount-Simmons at her email address above or at (850) 323.0544.

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