School, community, partnership lauded at Flat Rock

David Broyles Staff Reporter

October 26, 2013

Flat Rock Elementary School celebrated school, community and business partnerships Friday afternoon as they looked back on projects to improve the playground and air condition the gymnasium.

Principal Tracey Lewis thanked the Flat Rock Parent Teacher Organization, staff, students, Renfro Corporation as well as the county board of commissioners and board of education for combining their efforts to make the improvements possible.

“I remember my physical ed in this gym and sweating through many programs when I was here,” said PTO President Jennifer Freeman. “I came here to give blood recently and I was cold. We want to thank everyone for this wonderful air conditioning.”

Former Principal Molly Anderson likened the process to a Disney character believing in its dream and recognized Renfro Corp. for helping on both projects. She said the company donated $10,000 for updating the playground equipment. The air conditioning project’s total price tag was set at $32,000 and the school and community raised $7,000 through a jump-a-thon fundraiser for the project. She said Renfro contributed $25,000 to support the renovation.

“We are so very grateful and thankful for our Student Government Association, Renfro, PTO and community for making this possible,” said Anderson. Renfro Corporation CEO and President Bud Kilby was the next to address the students, staff and parents.

“This is a really nice gym. I’d like to come work out her. We (at Renfro) will continue to support your school,” said Kilby. “I’m proud of every one of you students and faculty too for what you have accomplished.”

County School Superintendent Dr. Travis Reeves was the next to address the group and opened by telling them he could think of no better place to be on a Friday afternoon and praised the students behavior during a recent board visit.

“When you rally around a cause such as AC or education that’s what strengthens a community,” said Reeves. “Without a goal it’s hard to celebrate at the end. There’s hard work to be done before you celebrate and sometimes the hardest part is to establish a vision. Sometimes being a leader is not comfortable. If you do the right thing you can celebrate like you are today. Continue to give back. This is a great example of why community schools are important.”

Lewis said the efforts would continue to benefit the community for years to come. She recognized physical education teacher and student council sponsor Sue Johnson, Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Snow and special guests in attendance Assistant Superintendents Terri Mosley, Charles Graham, Board Chairman Earlie Coe, County Commissioner Larry Phillips, Mount Airy City Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Yokeley, the Surry County Educational Foundation’s Melissa White and Deidre Rogers.

Student Council Representatives Tahtiyana Mason and Jordan Martin also spoke during the celebration which included the presentation of a plaque honoring the organizations involved which will be displayed in the gym. The Flat Rock Chorus also performed two songs at the ceremony.

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