Back to School Rally this weekend

From press reports

The Winston County Branch NAACP is sponsoring its 6th annual Back to School/Stay in School Rally thanks to the support of the community during its annual Freedom Fund Banquets. The rally will take place on Saturday, July 28, 2012, at historic Dean Park in the Center Ridge Community from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Activities will include distribution of free school supplies, entertainment, voter registration, and a motivational speaker.

Back to School/Stay in School (BTS/SIS) is an NAACP Education initiative that was started in 1984 to work with school districts to reduce truancy, drop out rates, and to provide minority youth with an equal education. The NAACP National Board approved the design and implementation through local NAACP Education Committees. BTS/SIS is designed to assist students K- 12 with academic and social support required to complete high school. The program aims to improve student achievement by reducing absenteeism and drop-out rates, as well as, increase cultural awareness and parental involvement. There are four main components: 1).The Annual Back to School Rallies to encourage communities to join their branch in motivating students to be successful, 2). Academic enrichment programs that provide extra academic support, 3). Parent/family workshops to increase parental involvement, and 4).

Parental empowerment to navigate the educational system for their student’s success. This year’s motivational speaker is Mr. Steve Eiland, son of Olivia and the late John Wesley Eiland and the proud father of two, Isaac and Isaiah. He is a pianist, singer, and Christian young man. Mr. Eiland is a proud and successful graduate of Louisville High School. He attended Mississippi State University where he received the following degrees: BS in Social Studies, Masters in Special Education and Specialist in Educational Leadership. Mr. Eiland is the former principal of both Philadelphia’s Elementary and Middle Schools. Currently, he is the Special Education Director for the Louisville Municipal School District.

Free school supplies will only be distributed to students in attendance at the rally.

All area school students, parents, and the community-at-large are invited and encouraged to attend the NAACP’s Back to School/Stay in School Rally.