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Hear the Tigers roar: Sydnor Jennings pupils make impression at meeting

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One of the young presenters from Sydnor Jennings Elementary who spoke at the School Board meeting.
SoVaNow.com / September 14, 2017
Students at Sydnor Jennings Elementary delighted members of the Halifax County School Board Monday night and drew cheers from an overflow crowd by letting out a loud tiger’s roar — for Reach Out and Read.

The presentation by the young students charmed those in attendance at the trustees’ regular monthly meeting. “In all my years on this board,” said longtime ED-8 trustee Walter Potts, “I’ve never seen anything like this.”

The students regaled board members with progress reports on their reading and math activities, then joined together to sing a song on roaring tigers, the Sydnor Jennings school mascot.

Linda Owen, the school’s principal, “wants us to love reading and she reads to us and we read to her,” said one student. Another pupil told trustees that he likes to keep a math journal, because it is “more fun than just adding numbers.”

Members of the School Board thanked Owen and her staff and the students for their presentation. It drew a large crowd of parents, grandparents and school supporters who overflowed the public meeting room at the Bethune Office Complex, with people standing at the doorway to catch a glimpse of the performance.

Also Monday, trustees listened attentively as Halifax County High School Principal Michael Lewis introduced JROTC Army instructor First Sgt. Gregory T. Scott, Cadet Battalion Commander Garriyn Yancey and Cadet Battalion Commander Sgt. Jordan Davis. Their JROTC unit was cited by the Army Department headquarters at Fort Bragg, N.C. “for maintaining exceptionally high standards of military training and discipline during the 2016-17 school year.”

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