Thursday, July 30, 2015

Back to School/Stay in School Rally Held

Story by: Elmetra Patterson
Dr. Bob Fuller

The Winston County Branch NAACP held its annual Back-to-School/Stay-in-School Rally, Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the Louisville High School Auditorium with approximately 200 students there to get free school supplies with each receiving a backpack, also. All of the schools in the district were represented. The rally was co-sponsored by the Louisville Municipal School District. Superintendent Ken McMullan was not present but Penny Hill, Director of Curriculum and Personnel, represented the district with enthusiasm for the upcoming school year.

The rally being an educational promotion, Dr. Bob Fuller, an assistant professor in educational leadership at the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS, expressed to the students the necessity of having a quality education. He spoke words of encouragements, “Whatever you desire to do, I want you to be committed to it.  I want you to really work at it. I know sometimes you get the sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work – that your ticket to success might be rapping, basketball, football or being a reality TV star.  When chances are, you are not going to do any of those things.  The truth is being successful is hard.  You won’t love every subject you study; you won’t click with every teacher you have; not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to you in your life at that very moment and you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try but you can’t let failure define you.  You have to let it (failure) teach you.”

The Back-to-School/Stay-in-School Rally is a national NAACP education program. The Back-to-School Rally is geared toward promoting education, literacy and preparing for the new school year. All of those goals were reached by the Education Committee of the local branch for this year’s rally.  Janice Hopkins has been the organizer of this event for the 9th year.  It started at Dean Park but for the last several years moved to the high school because of the hot weather. It moved and partnered with the school district which has been a great venture for both. President Charles Hampton, president of the Winston County Branch NAACP/1st Vice President of the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP, praised Mrs. Hopkins for all of her work with the NAACP and other work that she does in the community. Other Education Committee members are Steve Eiland, Annie Pearl Hudson, Carolyn Hampton, Florence and Lemoyne Young.

President Charles Hampton and Dr. Fuller encouraged parents to vote on November 3, 2015 for Initiative 42.  Initiative 42 would require the state government to establish, maintain and support "an adequate and efficient system of free public schools." The Mississippi Chancery Courts would be empowered to enforce the amendment's mandate. The amendment's stated purpose is "to protect each child's fundamental right to educational opportunity." Charles Hampton stated, “Don’t be fooled by the Initiative 42 A also called the alternative Initiative 42.  It is not the same as the original Initiative 42 for Better School.”
The Sunshine Boys sang at School Rally
L to R: Andre (12), Willie (10), Ethan (7), Josiah (14) Esters

L to R: Willie Dean Miller, 1st Vice President of WC Branch NAACP,
Jamire Jones (10), 5th grade,  Traveion Jones (11), 6th grade

Florence Young, Secretary of WC Branch NAACP with students ready for school supplies

L to R: Reid Dunn, 6th grade (11), Nancy Eichelberger, Jennifer Dunn, parent, Quashaun Wraggs, 4th grade (10)
L to R: Janice Hopkins, organizer of rally and Chairperson of Education Committee of NAACP, with
Letitia ‘Cookie’ Jackson.

Contact information: Janice Hopkins 662.773-7743; Charles Hampton; 662.803-0635