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Empowering Our Youth Through the Quick-Think-A-Thon Annual Tournament

Empowering Our Youth Through the Quick-Think-A-Thon Annual Tournament

In today's fast-paced world, the safety and well-being of our children are paramount concerns for parents, educators, and the community. Effingham County has taken a proactive step towards addressing these concerns with the Quick-Think-A-Thon Annual Tournament, a remarkable initiative brought to us by the Effingham County Exchange Club in collaboration with the Effingham County School System.

Designed by GCCA, the Quick-Think-A-Thon is more than just a game; it's an educational platform that empowers children with the knowledge and skills to make quick, informed decisions about personal safety. Through practical scenarios, the Quick Think game challenges children to respond to situations involving child abuse, abductions, peer pressure related to alcohol, drugs, and weapons, fire and medical emergencies, approaches by strangers, and latchkey issues. This engaging and interactive approach equips our children with the tools they need to stay safe and make good decisions in challenging situations.

This year's event saw students competing at school and county levels, showcasing their quick-thinking skills and competing for recognition and prizes.

Quick-Think-A-Thon Winners


The winners of the Quick-Think-A-Thon are:

  • Winner: Colten Godrey from South Effingham Elementary
  • 1st Runner-Up: Makinley Johnson from South Effingham Elementary
  • 2nd Runner-Up: Asa Busbee from Rincon Elementary
  • 3rd Runner-Up: Emma Schrein from Rincon Elementary

The success of the Quick-Think-A-Thon would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors:


Sponsored By

  •  Effingham County Exchange Club


Special Thanks To

  •   Effingham County Board of Education
  •   First Effingham Bank - Rincon
  •   Burns World Travel - Springfield
  •   Peachy Tee's - Springfield
  •   Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12149
  •   Mars Theatre - Springfield
  •   Parent University - Effingham
  •   Top Ladies Of Distinction - Effingham
  •   Habitat for Humanity of Effingham County
  •   Renasant Bank
Quick-Think-A-Thon slideshow of images

The Quick-Think-A-Thon is a collaborative effort among our sponsors to prevent child abuse and create a safe environment where every child can be a kid. We invite the community to join us in our mission.

The event was judged by a distinguished panel of community leaders and professionals:

  • Dr. Franklin Goldwire: Effingham County School System, Retired Educator, Magistrate Court Judge, Vietnam Veteran
  • Diane Owens: Effingham County School System, High School Curriculum Coordinator
  • Mrs. Eva Goldwire: Patient Care Tech, Lay Ministry
  • Dr. Norma Wallace: Effingham County School System, Retired Educator
  • Regina Clontz: Director of Mars Theatre
  • Pastor Lon Harden: Pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church and Effingham Industrial Authority Member

In addition, the event was supported by our dedicated scorekeepers, "The Foozer," and photographer.


  • Rebecca Boston: County DFCS Director, Retired
  • Jim R. Presnell: Presnell Partners Real Estate Team - Exp Realty

The Foozer:

  • Sundi Williamson: State Farm Insurance, Rincon, Owner

The Effingham County Exchange Club is committed to making our community a better place to live through various service projects, including programs aimed at preventing child abuse and ensuring children's safety. Likewise, the Effingham County School System remains dedicated to providing quality education to all students and collaborating with community organizations to promote the well-being of our youth.

In conclusion, the Quick-Think-A-Thon is a testament to what can be achieved when the community comes together to prioritize the safety and education of our children. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our sponsors, judges, participants, and the community for their unwavering support and commitment to making Effingham County safer for our children.


  • Kimberly Larson

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