Elkin City Schools Holds 2014 Legislative Luncheon
The annual Elkin City Schools Legislative Luncheon was held December 12 at Elkin High School. The legislative luncheon theme for this year was “175 Years of Public Schools.”
“175 Years of Public Schools” focused on the importance of public schools from their beginning in 1776 to the importance of public schools in today’s society and its impact on economic development. In 1776 the North Carolina State Constitution required a school or schools to be established by the Legislature for the convenient instruction of youth, thus forming the first public school. For more information on North Carolina’s Public Education System visit http://www.everychildschancenc.net.
Opening ceremonies began with the presentation of colors by the Elkin High School JROTC under the Command of Major Roy Ferguson and First Sgt. Kenneth Abrams. Carolyn Blackburn, Elkin High School’s Student Council Vice-President led the Pledge of Allegiance.
An official welcome was given by Chairman Dr. Richard Brinegar, Elkin City Schools’ Board of Education and Mr. Joel Hoyle, Principal, Elkin High School. Student speakers at the event included Jay Blackburn-EHS Student Council President and Aspen Jackson-President of the EHS Future Teachers of America. Guests to address the luncheon attendees about the importance of 175 Years of Public Education included: James Freeman-Elkin City Schools Board of Education and Surry County Commissioners-Eddie Harris, Buck Golding and Larry Phillips.
Dr. Randy Bledsoe gave comments about the importance of public education and the statewide celebration of 175 years in preparing students academically to meet the challenges after graduation. Dr. Bledsoe also recognized the special guest for this year’s event Mr. Eric Guckian (goo-CAN), Senior Education Adviser to Governor Pat McCrory. Mr. Guckian stated that he believes “Public schools are the gateway to a better life” and “teachers need time to teach, students need time to learn.” During Mr. Guckian’s visit at Elkin City Schools, he toured Elkin Middle and Elkin High School and met students and teachers. He also arranged a meeting time with the Elkin High School Student Council Leadership to get their input on NC Public Schools.
Also in attendance were locally elected officials: Elkin City Schools Board of Education members Mrs. Haley Sullivan-Vice Chair and Mr. Frank Beals; Elkin Mayor Lestine Hutchens; Town of Elkin Commissioners-Skip Whitman, Cicely McCulloch, Bob Norton; Paul Hammes, CEO-Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital; Sheriff Graham Atkinson-Surry County; Detective Mendy Peles-Elkin Police Department; Teresa O’Dell,-Surry County Clerk of Court and Carolyn Comer-Surry County Register of Deeds. Also represented at the Legislative Luncheon: Elkin City Schools Business Advisory members; Parent Advisory members; Student Council Leadership from Elkin Elementary, Elkin Middle and Elkin High School; Teachers of the Year for Elkin City Schools; the EHS JROTC; Dr. Bill Gummerson-ASU, Dr. Joe Sinclair-NCDPI-Northwest RESA; Town of Elkin Staff members George Crater and Lloyd Payne; Myra Cook-President Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce, and staff members of Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital.
Lunch was provided and served by Mrs. Kali Teague (Elkin High School) and her Foods II – Enterprise Class. The menu consisted of Baked Ham, Green Beans, Sweet Potato Casserole, Salad, Roll, Tea and Water.
Next year’s event is tentatively scheduled for December 11, 2015.
Elkin City Schools
Elkin, NC 28621