More than 700 Edgecombe County Public Schools employees and their guests recently gathered at SouthWest Edgecombe High School for the inaugural convening of staff members for the 2014-15 academic year.
Excitement and energy were high, as the district honed in on the vision of being “Focused, Connected, and Ready to go Global.” After the presentation of colors by the SouthWest Edgecombe High School Air Force JROTC, James Knight, administrative intern at Stocks Elementary School, delivered a riveting rendition of the National Anthem.
John Farrelly, superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools, initiated the day’s festivities by introducing the teams comprised of staff members from all fourteen schools. Each school team entered a cheering competition facilitated by Farrelly to showcase which school exhibited the most spirit and excitement for kicking off the new academic year.
Associate Superintendent Karen Dameron recognized new staff members who have joined the district this school year and remarks were given by Evelyn Wilson, vice chairwoman of the Edgecombe County Board of Education. Wilson praised all teachers for the quality work they are doing in the district’s schools and for their commitment to supporting the vision of the District.
Farrelly gave an address to the attendees geared towards the Convocation theme.
“Our work is about making dreams come true. It’s about every child, every classroom, everyday. This is our mission. All of our children deserve a global education,” Farrelly said. “A global education gives children glimpses of the world through the eyes of others, thereby promoting acceptance and tolerance. How much better would our world be, our nation, our communities, our schools, our children….. if we strive to grow children who promote acceptance and tolerance.”
In his closing remarks, Farrelly reminded the ECPS staff members about preparing all students to global scholars,
“We need to prepare our students to not only be college and career ready but global ready,” he said. “The finish line is not a high school degree – it’s where you go and what you do once you have one.”