Sacrifices made for safety
By Louise Pitts
We have now completed four weeks of school. It is amazing how quickly this month has passed.
It is also amazing how well our students are doing, even our kindergarten students. These small and sweet 5-year-olds are like sponges, absorbing all the knowledge presented to them. The kindergarten students have sight word lists they are learning.
With almost 900 students at Jemison Elementary School, morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up is a busy time. We are fortunate to have parent volunteers, including city councilman George Brasher, who assist us in the morning by opening doors and helping small children out of their parents’ cars.
Being greeted by friendly, smiling faces starts the day off on a positive note for these young, impressionable students. With these valuable volunteers, morning traffic flows smoothly.
Due to the assistance of all fourth grade teachers, the reading and math coaches, and some of the special education teachers, afternoon pick-up flows just as smoothly. All other teachers assist with the loading of the buses, come rain or shine.
Jemison Elementary School is privileged to have dedicated teachers. Not only do our teachers assist with the dismissal of students in the afternoon, all teachers participate in early morning duties, beginning at 7 a.m.
Each week, teachers are assigned to hall, bus, and gym duty because some students arrive early on campus due to their parents having to get to work.
With three different duties, teachers graciously partake in four weeks of duties, without complaints. Our teachers understand that the safety and well being of our students are priorities at Jemison Elementary School.
– Louise Pitts is principal of Jemison Elementary School.