PILOT MOUNTAIN — The official unveiling of the Surry County Schools new logo at its annual convocation ceremony literally took center stage as Superintendent Dr. Travis Reeves told participants “We stand tall and we shine bright.”
Reeves was referring to the district’s mission slogan, “Lighting Pathways to Global Success” as well as the paths incorporated into the new district global symbol. He praised the work of Graphic Designer Laura Hardy and other volunteers which included students, parents, teachers and administrators for helping create the logo through a six-month process.
“Our new logo tells a story with its great symbolism. It’s important we tell our story,” said Reeves. “I talked with you earlier this spring about when facts and emotion collide. Emotion wins every time. Good stories (like those told in the ceremony) will tell the Surry County Schools story.” He noted how the blue and green colors were chosen to represent knowledge and growth with the globe shape standing for an ever changing world.
Reeves said the pathways in the logo start wide and become narrow, representing students who go from pre-kindergarten to graduatation and later focus on specific goals.
“The pathway is open ended. There are no gates,” said Reeves. “The Surry County Schools are not only an educational system. It is a personal growth experience for children.”
Board Chairman Earlie Coe told the group filling the Pilot Mountain Middle School Auditorium the light in county schools came from them. He told them they “brought the light” to each other and for students. Assistant Superintendent Charles Graham welcomed the new teachers and listed accomplishments of the system which included being named the number one district for teacher retention in North Carolina and fourth best in the state in terms of productivity and dollars spent.
Local North Carolina Association of Educators President Liesa Hawks told the group quality public education is the “cornerstone of democracy.” She said it is a gateway to molding great citizens who contribute to society. Hawks said the work of educators was a “promise to the future.”
“You keep the promise every single day you work,” said Hawks. “Our work is nothing short of miraculous. I’ll tell you what we do. We make a difference. It’s time we held our heads up high and told our story. Together we are stronger. Who knows better (about education) than we, the educational professionals in the trenches every day.”
County Teacher of the Year Dena Cave and Principal of the Year Sandra Scott both spoke to the participants. Cave’s talk centered on the support of family and inspiration from former teachers. Students filled in the letters “SCS” on chalkboards with personal memories during her speech. She urged her peers to “embrace challenges and learn from them.”
Scott’s speech included several dance numbers to tunes including “We Are Family” and included a chance to take selfies. She told the group a speech was like a short skirt, short enough to create interest but long enough to cover the subject. She told them how her work as a teacher and administrator had convinced her she was, in fact, rich and famous in a different way that she imagined when younger.
“We can all claim we are rich and famous because of what we do,” said Scott. “Education is not only found it textbooks but through relationships to others.”
The event concluded with band members from North Surry, East Surry and Surry Central High Schools forming a drum line as county school color guard members performed to the song “Happy.”
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