By Kitsey E. Burns
There was much applause and cheers on Friday as teachers and other staff members of the Yadkin County School System gathered for their annual opening day celebration at Forbush High School. The ceremony served as a motivational day for teachers and staff as they prepared for the first day of school on Monday.
Students Maris Bey and Sydney Matthews provided a musical prelude as teachers arrived for the event. Members of the Forbush JROTC presented the flag while Fall Creek kindergartner Jordan Johnson lead the pledge of allegiance.
West Yadkin Elementary Principal Jona Atkins, principal of the year, welcomed teachers and staff. She said she believed that teachers, more than any other profession, obsess the most about being good at their jobs.
“I’ve seen you use your own resources for classroom supplies. I’ve seen you sing your curriculum to your students. I’ve seen you dance, rap, rhyme, climb, put your life in danger to teach your students. I’ve seen your blood, your sweat, your tears, so yes, you are good enough. You are more than good enough,” Atkins said.
Chairman of the Yadkin County Board of Education Howard McKnight also addressed the group.
“This is an exciting time as we start another school year,” McKnight said. “We at the Board of Education think we have the most dedicated staff of any school system.”
Teacher of the Year Yancy Burklow shared her thoughts on teaching with her cohorts as well, reminding them the importance of their job and the impact they can and do have on the lives of students.
“I want to encourage you not to take a moment for granted this year and do the job you fell in love with to the best of your ability each and every day,” Burklow said.
Following a duet sung by Forbush High and Forbush Middle school music teachers Laurie Trivette and Shannon Taylor, several recent Yadkin County graduates took the stage to address their former teachers.
Forbush Class of 2015 graduate Issac Warden spoke about this love for Yadkin County, the place he calls home, and the many good memories he cherishes from his time in school.
Early College 2015 graduate Victoria Steelman also shared her thoughts on the impact her time in school in Yadkin County had on her. She thanked by name teachers she had from kindergarten through high school.
New employees to the school system were also recognized during the celebration.
At the close of the event, Superintendent Dr. Todd Martin asked the group to stand and give themselves a standing ovation.
“I want you to know that we will all stand together as one when it comes to doing what is right by our students,” Martin said. “By standing as one I hope that you recognize that when you put us all together we are a powerful force in the lives of our students.”
Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.