On Wednesday, October 26, the Troup County School System’s Partners in Education (PIE) hosted their Annual Recognition Breakfast with a new rock and roll twist. Special “You Rock” recognitions were given to Jindal, Del’avant, Chick-fil-a, Coke United, Meals to Go, Seoyon E-Hwa, Publix’s Grocery, and Mud Creek Graphics for their contributions while additional sponsors, board members, and supporters were also thanked for presenting another successful academic year in the Troup County community.
Upon arrival, guests were greeted with the LaGrange High School Band as they played and entertained the audience during breakfast. Martha Allred, Vice President of the PIE Board, welcomed everyone and started the morning by presenting the Berta Weathersbee Steppers. After their dance performance, Dr. Cole Pugh, Superintendent of the Troup County School System, thanked PIE for their support and sponsorships. He also addressed the Opportunity School District debate that will be taken to the voting polls in a matter of days and encouraged everyone to vote against this government- controlled form of education.
Following Dr. Pugh, a student from each high school (Callaway High School, LaGrange High School, and Troup High School) was asked to give his student perspective on the way PIE has made a difference in his school. From CHS, Alvin Stephens told the audience that he had a fellow student who wasn’t prepared to start the school year this past August because she couldn’t afford school supplies or clothes. When this student was asked what clothing size she wore, she couldn’t answer because she had never been clothes shopping. But now, because of PIE and their generous work with CHS, this student was able to go shopping, pick out clothes that she liked, and start back to school with the proper supplies, too. Alvin thanked PIE for “helping students in need” and thanked them for being the reason he was “motivated to come to school and to excel.”
Gabriel Duckett of LHS spoke as a student athlete and thanked PIE for purchasing athletic equipment, covering traveling costs, sponsoring free physicals, and providing team meals. Because of PIE’s hands-on work with Gabriel and his team, he feels “inspired to give back to our community and our younger generation.” THS’s Scott Hicks wanted to thank PIE for not only their monetary resources, but for the time that they put into each school, too. “When you take the time to invest in our education, you are investing in the future of Troup County,” he said.
Once the students were seated, closing remarks were made by PIE’s Board President, Opal Hogg. Opal began by saying that “education [is] the priority in our community,” and despite recent budget cuts, lower SPLOST funds, and other setbacks, she promised that “expectations [will] continue to rise” with the Troup County School System. To finish off, Opal thanked the LaGrange-Troup Chamber of Commerce along with local government leaders for their generous support. “How vital it is that we sustain the groups ensuring the proper education for our children,” she said.
When speeches and recognitions were finished, guests had the opportunity to network and make other education connections within the community. There was also a School Expo presented by a representative from each elementary, middle, and high school that allowed guests to understand each school’s vision and upcoming projects.
The Troup County Board of Education’s PIE Annual Recognition Breakfast was a hit, from the new rock and roll theme to the kind words from board members and students; PIE looks forward to continuing its work with local sponsors and supporters to make Troup County School System a continual success.
Peyton Hanners Staff Writer