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Long Co. class starts smoothly
MR classes start
Parents and kids sign in at the open house desk at Walker Middle School on Wednesday. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
All Long County schools held their open houses this past Wednesday and Thursday, and on Friday their doors were opened for the first day of school.
Walker Middle School, principal, Vicky Wells spoke about the upcoming year and the Open House.
“I’m so excited about this year, we earned the Distinguished Title One School Award, and we’re going to have a good year; today’s Open House is going great, and I appreciate all of the parents who are out here”, said Wells.
Walker along with Smiley Elementary School held their open houses on Wednesday.
Smiley’s assistant principal, Doris Thompson said, “The teachers have been getting ready for our open house all week, some of them have been up here until 9-10:00 at night; they’ve been going at it 24-7 getting ready for school starting back.”
The assistant principal added, “Open houses are so important, because it gives the students and parents time to meet their teachers, it also lets the parents come in and see that their kids are in a safe and comfortable environment.”
On Thursday, Long County High School held their open house and their freshman orientation.
On Friday, all of the schools kicked off the first day of school, and at the high school motivational speaker, Darrell Andrews addressed both the students and their parents.
Andrews, who is known as “Coach D” addressed the students to start their day, and spoke about his program called HYPE.
According to Andrews, HYPE stands for Helping Youth Pursue Excellence.  Andrews stressed to the students the importance of completing high school, and then furthering their education.
After talking to the students, Andrews then addressed parents about the importance of parental support in children’s lives.
According to LCHS assistant principal, Scotty Hattaway, Andrews has made guest appearances on the Tavis Smiley Show, and is nationally known for his impact in reducing high school drop outs.

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