By Daniel Brunty The Winston County Journal
The Louisville High School Beta Club and SADD Chapter in conjunction with the Louisville Municipal School District held their second annual Unity Night/Parental Involvement Program on April 10 at the LHS campus. The event was to promote parental involvement in students’ everyday academic lives and to help students prepare for standardized testing. The event’s attendance far exceeded last year’s total, with almost 500 parents, students, community leaders, and teachers. Ruthie Haynes, sponsor of the LHS Beta Club and SADD Chapter, was critical in helping orchestrate the event. “The purpose of the event was to get parents involved in the education system,” said Haynes. “Parents need to know the importance of their involvement. We would like to see parents assist the students with helping to pass the upcoming subject area test. So we use this event to get the parents motivated to motivate the students for the test.” Beta Club President Victor Hunt was pleased with the results of the event he and his fellow members presented. “It was a good experience to show how the community, parents, and everybody can come together and support the school.” SADD Chapter President Alundis Pledge also spoke on his organization’s participation in the event as well as his feelings toward its subject matter. “Our SADD Chapter helped coordinated the events of the night with the Beta Club,” said Pledge. The first part of the program was held at R.L. Hinze Auditorium. LHS Principal Kyle Hammond greeted the audience with the opening remarks, followed by the invocation led by LHS Student Council President Alexis Hampton. Afterwards, LHS SADD Chapter President Alundis Pledge gave a brief introduction to a short film created by the chapter regarding the topic of bullying entitled “Bullying-If Only”. The film gave an introspective look on the effects bullying has on students and ways that it can be prevented. “With the video, we wanted to show how society has led students to do things, all because of peer pressure,” said Pledge. “We wanted to show that there are ways you can avoid peer pressure and avoid bullying.” The film was created by the SADD Chapter to be entered in “The Great American No Bull Challenge” competition, in which several schools enter a video regarding the topic of bullying to be voted on. To vote for the LHS SADD Chapter’s video “If Only”, visit the website www.nobullchallenge.org before the end of April. After the film, LHS 2012 Valedictorian Ashley Shields had the honor of introducing the guest speaker for the program, Mrs. Tammie Tubbs, executive producer and host of the TV show “Woman 2 Woman with Tammie Tubbs,” which airs on WCBI every Sunday morning at 7:00 am. Tubbs is a Starkville native and graduate of B.L. Moor in 1994 and Mississippi University for Women in 1998. She addressed the students and parents with her background regarding her trials and tribulations and how she overcame them to become a successful radio talk personality. “I felt like Tammie would be the perfect speaker for this event after reviewing her past history,” said Haynes. “We got a lot of positive feedback after her speech, and she seemed to motivate all who heard her speak.” After the speech was over, the parents and students were asked to go to the library to meet up and talk with the Subject Area Teachers and LHS Guidance Counselor Tomeka Walker. “The subject area teachers were basically here to talk to parents regarding to the testing beginning in May,” said Walker. “They are just sharing tips with the parents to get the students prepared for testing. They are sharing testing material that they have already taught the students. They also are sharing study guides that have been prepared to take home to help the students.” Parents were given tips such as making sure the students get a good night’s sleep before the test, as well as having a good breakfast before the test. Once the parents met up with the teachers, everyone went outside to enjoy refreshments and entertainment provided by the event sponsors. Entertainment for the night was provided by local band Déjà Vu. The group consists of former LHS graduates, and they wanted to perform to give back to the school. LHS Principal Kyle Hammond was excited on how the event turned out. “I thought it went excellent, better than I anticipated,” said Hammond. “I am just real please that Ms. Haynes hard work that she put into it and everything came together as it did. I was real pleased with the turn out. Look like everyone enjoyed it and had a good time. It was educational and the speaker was excellent.” The Louisville High School Faculty and Staff would like to thank everyone for helping make the event a success.