“I’m taking the teachers out on a community tour just to meet the community and let the community meet us. We did this back at Parrish [High School] about six years ago ... and it was kind of good to bring the community together and make them a part of what we were trying to do at the school, and I’m trying to install the same philosophy here,” Harris said. “The purpose is just to let the community know that the teachers and the school are approachable, and we need their involvement to make the school a special place for their children and to try and change the culture of the parents’ involvement within our own school.”
Harris continued to say that he was excited to be taking the position as principal and that he was a product of Sipsey, born and raised in the community. Before getting on the bus, faculty and staff — adorned in t-shirts that had “Sipsey Stallions” printed on the front and “School, Family and Community” printed on the back — met and ate at the Pisgah Baptist Church.
Teachers Deb Aaron and Dana Dill were thrilled to be participating in the day’s touring event.
“A change is coming our way,” Dill said, enthusiastically. “It’s great to just connect with our community.”
“It’s a new day, a new start,” Aaron added. “If we can get the community behind the students, then we’ll be a stronger school.”
Community members greeted the teachers with smiles and waves, some laughing and others even embracing. One individual recognized the teachers as soon as he opened his door because he was once a former student of theirs. A few of the teachers reminisced on how the young gentleman was a great student growing up in the school.
Mary Jackson, who has been a Sipsey resident since the early 90s, sat on her porch Monday evening and briefly spoke with Harris and teachers. She thought the school put forth a tremendous effort by having the community tour.
“I think that it is great. It’s the first time I’ve seen them do this since I’ve been here,” Jackson said. “It lets the community know that they care for the children. I like that.”