‘Making public schools great’

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 14, 2002

Third grader Clay Martin sat in class with many other students and wondered how to make a poster drawing to reflect how he felt about education.

His teacher, Tamara Morings at Robertson Elementary, started her kids thinking about &uot;Making Public Schools Great for Ever Child,&uot; the theme of American Education Week, weeks ago in preparation for the school’s observance on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Young Martin thought about what was important to him, picked up markers and drew it. His efforts paid off as the winner of the contest.

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&uot;Clay’s poster reflected the theme more than any of the others in class,&uot; said teacher Florence Harrell, who judged the contest.

Morings has focused a lot of classroom attention on the American Education Week observance over the past couple of weeks.

She told her class improvements that were made over the years and the difference in opportunities between schools in the city and country.

&uot;During the time that I went to school the money was placed where kids were high achievers or the decision makers felt that they were going to be successful in society,&uot; Mooring said. &uot;But now all students, regardless of whether they are rural or urban, have the opportunity to get an education.&uot;

Robertson Elementary will have an open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday in observance of American Education Week.