From staff reports
The Winston County NAACP in partnership with the Louisville Municipal School District hosted the 3rd annual Back to School-Stay in School Rally Saturday, July 23 from 4-6 p.m. in the Louisville High School Auditorium.
A number of parents, students, and community members were in attendance to receive encouragement and to realize the fundamental value of a quality education as well as acquire supplies for school provided by the sponsors of the event.
Students from all the schools in Winston County were there to receive supplies, with nearly 400 students who received backpacks filled with school supplies.
Education Committee Chairwoman Janice Hopkins has coordinated the Back to School event for 10 years. Hopkins was praised and cheered by all attending for her dedicated work over the years incorporating this program into the community.
The featured speaker for the event was Andrae Sims, principal at Galena Elementary School in Holly Springs.
Sims is also a former graduate of Louisville High School. As principal, Sims helped steer his school to being the highest rated school in the entire district by the Mississippi Department of Education. Later he served as the Director of Curriculum and Professional Development for the Coahoma County School District where he helped transform a district from low performing to successful
Sims is the founder and CEO of ARS Educational Services, an educational consultant company, where he has the opportunity to help thousands of students across the state of Mississippi reach their goals of becoming ready for college and beyond.
Sims also teaches developmental studies at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, all while working on his doctoral degree at Arkansas State University.
Sims spoke to the students and parents about the importance of education in every life and how working toward success is important.
The sponsors would like to thank all that came out and made this event a success.
For more information regarding the rally, please contact Janice Hopkins (662-773-7743) or Charles Hampton (662-803-0635).
(photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)