Hernando High School Donates $7000 to Make a Wish Foundation
In a fundraising campaign led by the Hernando High School Student Council, the student body collected $7000 that was donated to the Make a Wish Foundation. Pictured is Kim Terrell, Ambassador at the Make a Wish Foundation and the HHS Student Council sponsored by Jennifer Parson, Jennifer Rogers and Emily Barnes .
Greenbrook Students Celebrate 100th Day of School
Because it was the 100th day of school, teachers and students at Greenbrook Elementary dressed as if they were 100 years old, did 100 Jumping Jacks, made necklaces from 100 Fruit Loops, counted to 100 by 2’s,” decorated the entrance with 100 balloons and taped their principals to the wall with 100 pieces of tape.
Delivering Bright Smiles
There is a dental group in Mississippi dedicated to increasing dental access and promoting oral health.
“Our goal is to provide dental care to the children of Mississippi who may otherwise not have access to dental care on a regular basis,” said Richard A. Williams, a Board certified dentist of Ruleville, MS.
Pete Hurt Named New OBHS Coach
Olive Branch High School’s new head football coach is Pete Hurt, 59, a coach with 35 years of coaching experience at the college and high school levels with more than 100 wins as a head coach. His position was approved by the DeSoto County School Board at the recessed board meeting on January 21, 2016.
“Olive Branch High School is a school with a rich tradition of success, and I would like to make it a top 6A program,” Hurt said.
Hurt was the head coach at Samford University for eight years and is the third winningest coach in Samford history. He also served as head coach at three different high schools in Mississippi including Clinton High School, Center Hill High School and Northwest Rankin High School where he took all three of these teams to the second round of the playoffs.
“We have family in DeSoto County,” he said. “This is where my wife and I want to be. I was in administration at Georgia Tech. This job gives me an opportunity to get back on the field with players. This is what I love.”
Hurt said he believes in the using football to teach his players about life.
CHHS Earns Their Grand Piano
From left to right, Flannery Egner, Derrick Barnes, William Wright, Garrett Addington and Choral Director Catherine Feazell.
A community and student-led effort resulted in Center Hill High Choir obtaining a grand piano. Students led the effort to purchase the $7,800 piano for use in Choir Director Catherine Feazell’s classroom. Major contributors also included the Memphis Men of Harmony and the Homer Skelton Foundation. Feazell said, “I think the beautiful piano will benefit future generations of students and enhance the quality of their music-making. We love it.”
Southaven should be a kinder, gentler place as students from two Southaven schools participated in The Great Kindness Challenge, a nationwide program to promote random acts of kindness and discourage bullying.
Southaven Intermediate School and Southaven Elementary School had full scale kick-offs for the program with bands playing, cheerleaders dancing, and dignitaries speaking at school-wide events. Susan Williams, principal at Southaven Intermediate School, learned about the program at a conference she attended last summer and felt the “Kindness Matters Program” had great merit for positive change in DeSoto County.
Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite attended events at both schools and spoke to students about being kind to others and the power of “please,” “thank you,” and a “smile.”
Students at both schools were given checklists of 50 good deeds for one week. At the end of the week, kind acts were tallied, and the grade which performed the most acts of kindness were announced.
Electricity: The Mysterious Force Explained at Overpark Elementary School
If you have ever watched a thunderstorm with mighty lightning bolts darting down from the sky, you will have some idea of the power of electricity.