With the start of school only days away, the majority of the Louisville School District's teachers and staff gathered at the Louisville High School Auditorium, this past Monday, for an official welcome back.
The event began with the Presentation of Colors by members of the 2-114 Field Artillery, the Pledge of Allegiance by EMS Principal Derek Hopkins, and the singing of the National Anthem by Torya Blair and Toni Rivers, followed by an invocation by LHS Principal Danya Turner.
District Superintendent Dr. David Luke offered a welcome and recognized the Board of Trustees. Board President Bert Jones spoke about the power and importance of words and the impact they have on youth.
Louisville Mayor Will Hill stated that the teachers and staff were providing a voice for the future by shaping the voice of the youth. And Dr. Connie Hathorn, guest speaker, offered practical words of advice gleaned from many years in the education profession. Hathorn is a 1969 graduate of Camile Street High School and began his teaching/coaching career in 1973 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He has held positions in Ames, Iowa; and Akron and Youngstown, Ohio, as well.
The culmination of the day was the handing out of door prizes. The District sincerely expresses its thanks to the sponsors including Bennett’s Do It Center, Carnell's Restaurant, Co-Op Louisville, Farm Bureau Federation, Home Town Nutrition, Jack’s Restaurant, Just Teasin' Boutique, Lake Tiak-O’Khata, Make It Personal Designs, M & N Computers and Supplies, Mississippi State University, Penny’s From Heaven, Pennys In Wells – David and Penny Wells - Noxapater, Strickland Business Supplies, Sweet Spot – Nanih Waiya, Tabor Drugs – Candace & Bubba Cefalu, Taylor Tools, Vowell’s Grocery Louisville, WalMart – Louisville, Winston County Journal, and Winston Plywood & Veneer.