Board gives approval to school walk-in
by David Broyles Staff Reporter
A local representative of the North Carolina Association of Educators said the group wants to take part in what they are calling a state-wide teacher walk — but only with the approval of the county school board.
Liesa Hawks, president of the Surry County chapter of the association, received approval from the Surry County Board of Education for the event during the board’s meeting at Flat Rock Elementary Monday evening.
“My purpose today is twofold, first, and most importantly, I would like to thank Dr. Reeves and the school board for their support each and every day,” said Hawks. “I have the opportunity to mingle with educators from other systems and some of my peers do not speak freely of support from their superintendent or school board. It means a great deal to all of us in the Surry County Schools to work in a supportive environment.”
Hawks said her second goal was to ask for support and approval to an NCAE endorsed American Education Week walk-in event. She told the board the NCAE wanted the annual week to “be filled with positive interactions between educators, policy makers and other community members.
The theme of the event this year is “Walk Into Your Public School and Walk Out Inspired” and it will be held Nov. 18-22. She said NCAE is extending an invitation to members of the General Assembly, as well as local elected officials, business and community members to visit a school in their district to see the things that are happening in schools including the successes, challenges, and barriers educators deal with, and to show their support for public schools.
“Invitations will be sent out by members of our local association and will include suggested activities that individuals might engage in during their school visit,” Hawks said. “Nov. 20 is ESP Day or Educational Support Personnel Day and it would be awesome if invited guests could shadow a bus driver, cafeteria worker, school custodian or teacher assistant so they could understand how it takes a caring school community to help each child to move forward in their education and life.”
She said invitations would be sent to board members, county commissioners, business leaders and other community officials. Hawks said the local association would encourage all educators to wear red during American Education Week and said they plan to give all their members red ribbons to wear on their lapels. The board approved Hawks’ request.
Later in the meeting, Board Chairman Earlie Coe read a proclamation citing public schools as “community linchpins which bring together adults, children, educators, volunteers and business leaders” in support of American Education Week.
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