Julie Zahner Bailey makes a difference in the lives of Milton youth and it shows. Just scroll down or click the links below to read what some of the youth of Milton have had to say about Mrs. Julie Zahner Bailey and have been saying for years.
An Eventful Old Soldiers’ Day Parade
My Boy Scout troop and I had finally gotten to the parade ground for the Old Soldiers’ Day Parade. It
was a blazing hot, August afternoon in Alpharetta, Georgia. After the troop
arrived, our members talked for awhile. Little did I know that it was going to
be a long and eventful day. We talked about random things for about ten
minutes. I don’t know how, but we got into a conversation about man-eating peanuts.
“If peanuts ate people, would they grow bigger?” I asked.
“No, they would shrink.” explained Matt.
“What makes you say that?” asked Drew.
“They would become able to do things that big people can’t, but would still be able to keep the
extra power that they got from the person…duh!” exclaimed Matt.
After we solved
the peanut question, the whole troop played with miniature American flags. My
friends, Matt and Drew, played with the flags as if they were daggers, stabbing
each other in the stomach, stab, stab… ouch! After that, Mr. Thompson, our scout
leader, took the flags away. Then, our troop was surprised to hear a train’s
An enormous train
pulled up, and even though it wasn’t real, it had a horn louder than a real
train. Whoooo-whoooo… the horn blew so many times that after it was done, I
couldn’t hear for five seconds. I knew right away that this horn was going to
get as annoying as a whippoorwill going on and on overnight when you are trying
to sleep. I have had that happen to me before and it was very disturbing. Don’t
ask me about it or I will get into another long story. Then I saw a familiar face.
The familiar face was Mrs. Bailey, one of our Milton
City Council members. When she arrived, I was so happy to see her, because she had
taught me in fourth grade when my regular teacher was out for a long time. I talked
to Mrs. Bailey and she told me what running the Milton City Council was like.
She said it was fun, but that it took a lot of hard work. Then, I asked her what
kind of work, and she said that she serves the residents of the city by
protecting their interests. I asked a lot of other questions and she gave me some
interesting answers. Some of my questions were, “Do you have to do a lot of paperwork?”
and, “How long do you work every day?” Then someone said it was our turn
We finally got the
American flags that we would use to lead the parade, and then we set up our
group. I got to lead the troop, which was really exciting for me! Parker,
Harrison, and Connor held the troop flag, and all the other troop members followed
behind the four of us. My dad took a picture of us with his iPhone, then it got
like a dinosaur terrorizing the city, everybody was talking about the iPhone
all at once. It must have taken three minutes just to get them settled down for
one minute. Then, they started up again. When they finally stopped, we were
able to get going. As soon as we actually began marching, the “real fun” began.
The parade began
at Main Street and ended at Wills Road. A third of the way through the parade,
I got tired. Then, about half way through the march, I got sweaty. Even through
all of that, I had fun, and I also got a lot of candy that was tossed to us. So,
now wasn’t that Old Soldiers’ Day Parade quite a day, but still a blast!
This is a speech written by a 5th grader 2 ˝ years ago regarding their hero. It was written as their submission for the Roswell optimist club oratorical contest. Sarah Vautour, now an 8th grader, came in 2nd place overall with this speech. She asked that we share her speech from 2 ˝ years ago for others to read.
Today I would like to talk about who my hero is and why
this person is my hero.
I am a swimmer. One day I was wearing a t-shirt that has a
little boy kissing a little girl who is wearing a shirt with the
words swimmer while another little girl with the words
cheerleader on her shirt sits all by herself. The shirt says
“He’s got the right one” on the back below the picture,
while in the front it says “Swimming… the right choice”.
My mom’s friend saw my shirt and thought it was cute, but
told me a story about when she was in high school.
She said “You know, I was a cheerleader and there were
times when all my friends would be mean to someone and I
refused to do it because it was the wrong thing to do. I
didn’t care if they liked me or not”.
It was then that I thought, Wow, that must have been hard.
I am a fifth grader, and many times it feels like people
judge you by your looks, who your friends are, what kind
of clothes you wear and if you have a boyfriend or not.
They do NOT judge you on what’s inside.
My hero was nice to everyone even if they weren’t popular
and even if her friends didn’t like her anymore because of
She stood up for what she knew to be right when she was a
teenager and she continues to do the same today as an
adult, a parent and a community leader.
This is an important hero quality to me because now in
school, sometimes I don’t have the courage to stand up for
what I think is right because I am worried about the
opinions of my friends and what they will think of me.
Who is my hero you ask? My hero is Julie Zahner-Bailey.
I got to know Mrs. Bailey because she and my mom are
friends. They worked on community projects together and
spent a lot of time together and therefore, so did the Bailey
and Vautour kids.
Thinking about how Mrs. Bailey acted when she was in
high school and how she stood up for what she thought was
the right thing to do, makes me think that I need to do the
same thing. I need to stand up for something if I believe it
Thinking about how Mrs. Bailey acted when she was in
high school makes me think that if someone is really my
friend, they should accept me for who I am and what I
believe is right, just like I should accept them.
And what if they make fun of me or stop being my friend
because I stand up for something I believe is right?
Well, then maybe they aren’t truly a good friend.
Mrs. Bailey grew up trying to do the right thing.
It is not a surprise that Mrs. Bailey still does what she
believes is the right thing.
One of the things that Mrs. Bailey believes in strongly is
that we need to conserve the beautiful area where we live.
I admire Julie Bailey because she doesn’t just talk about the
need to protect the land, she takes action to make a
Taking action to make a difference is another hero quality
to me. Some people just sit around and moan about what is
not right, but they never do anything about it.
Julie takes action when she sees something that needs to be
done. She is dedicated, loyal, and is a hard working
I experienced this first hand, when I went to a Board of
Commissioners meeting with Julie Bailey and my mom in
downtown Atlanta. There Julie spoke to our elected
officials to explain her opinion on different issues.
I learned this is not easy, it will take a lot of your time and
a lot of work. We all have a voice and need to use it. We
can all speak up for what we believe even if it is not what
everyone wants to hear.
I can learn from her, to speak up, to be heard and to be
confident when I do it.
Julie is one of the nicest people I know. She’s smart, funny,
dedicated, and loving. She’s like part of our family.
Julie Bailey is my hero and after this speech I hope she’s