Robert Lewis students earned praise

Published 12:08 am Friday, May 27, 2011

Most of us can remember where we were when monumental events occurred — when Kennedy was assassinated, when you first heard about 9/11.

Where were you at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2011?

In case you were not at Robert Lewis Middle School, you missed an important event in the lives of our students.

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The “moving on to high school” celebration was an occasion that students will remember for a long time. At this time, eighth grade students who were making the transition to the high school were honored for their achievements at Robert Lewis Middle School.

Too many times, RLMS has received dubious recognition for events that have occurred.

However, this was one of the positive occasions for the school and the students. These young people were solemn, yet proud of themselves as they participated in a program designed to celebrate them.

Special recognition was given to E’Keria Williams, distinguished scholar, who has achieved superintendent’s scholar achievement throughout her middle school years.

The speaker was none other than Ernest “Tony” Fields, assistant principal of Frazier Primary School.

His speech was designed to motivate and inspire the students, yet make them aware that their transition to high school is only the beginning — “it ain’t over!”

To those of us who will add this event to our list of memories, we can applaud the efforts of Mrs. Laura Winston and her committee for the hard work that went into this event.

We applaud the RLMS administration for having the foresight to allow the committee to present this celebration.

We applaud the eighth-grade students who will be moving on to NHS next school year and were so deserving of this grand event.

To those of you who were not there, again I ask “Where were you?”

Berthenia Rose Jackson is a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Robert Lewis Middle School.