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Ad-lib by preschooler brings down the house at Hawkins BOE

Jeff Bobo • Dec 7, 2019 at 12:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Mount Carmel Elementary students had school board members smiling big Thursday night, and a few times cracking up, especially when pre-K student Blakeleigh Tupper told them what she wants to be when she grows up.

The Hawkins County Board of Education established a new tradition this school year by inviting a couple of principals from each school to appear before the board each month and give a detailed report on their school.

Those reports usually include a lot of numbers and statistics that only education insiders know how to interpret, but MCES Principal Amy Glass ended her presentation with some plain speaking everyone could understand.

That’s because her closing presentations were made by a student representing each grade in the school explaining what they love about their school.

“They really love and care about us”

First up was third-grader Sophia Horton, who told the BOE her school is the best all around and has many things to offer students.

“Reading is one of my favorite things to do, and I love trying to double and even triple my AR (Accelerated Reader) goal,” Sophia said. “My goal for this nine weeks is 30 points and I’m already at 49. Mount Carmel Elementary offers many programs online to help us learn and be successful.”

She added, “These programs help us to improve our reading and math skills. We also have different clubs for students to be a part of. We have a sign language club, writing club, Spanish club, and even Girl Scouts. The teachers and staff are fantastic, and they really love and care about us.”

First-grader Millie Blevins told school board members she likes her teachers and she loves reading and going on field trips. Millie said she won points for good behavior and attendance and her class earned “toy day, pajama day, and eat lunch in the classroom.”

Second-grader Trey Lawson said the thing he loves most about MCES is reading because he can do a pumpkin book project in Book Club. By meeting his reading goal, Trey and some of his classmates earned a trip to Camp Hope where he got to ride the horses.

“We have lots of stuff that makes learning fun”

Fourth-grader Ryder Hicks said one thing he likes about his school is his teachers.

“I learn new words and learn to speak and how to think,” Ryder said. “I also learned about multiplication and division. I enjoy historical facts from fiction and nonfiction books. My teachers plan good lessons and encourage me to try my best.”

Kindergartner Michael Allen Nunley apparently thought he was supposed to speak directly to Director of Schools Matt Hixson.

“Our teacher is great. Our principal is awesome. Everyone is nice and shows respect. We have lots of stuff that makes learning fun, like computers, board games and coloring books.”

“When I grow up I’m going to be ...”

Apparently the MCES team saved the best for last in the form of preschooler Blakeleigh Tupper, who isn’t thinking too far ahead as far as her life goals.

“I love my school because my teachers are the best ever,” Blakeleigh said. “And when I grow up, I’m going to be 5.”

An MCES insider told the Times News that last line, which caused the boardroom to erupt in laughter, was a total ad-lib on the part of Blakeleigh.