Kids and Heroes Together kicks off

Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

Church Hill and South Side Elementary held its second annual Kids and Heroes Together (KAHT) program Tuesday morning.

West Point Consolidated School District Community Relations Coordinator Julie Hill said over 20 local first responders and military members attended the kickoff event.

Hill said Meon Carroll's second grade class and Kristin Williams’s third grade class sang “Hero” by Mariah Carey and an original song “Everyday Heroes” for local heroes, and students from last year's program also spoke about what the program meant to them last year.

Hill said the purpose and mission of KAHT is to build positive relationships between our elementary students and first responders and local military members in our community.

Hill said each local hero has the opportunity to adopt one class at Church Hill and South Side and visit them at least once a month.

“While visiting, the local heroes may read a book to their class, tell about themselves and their career, eat lunch in the cafeteria with his or her class, and get to know the students,” she said. “This program brings many lasting, long-term benefits for our students.”

Hill said KAHT teaches kids not to be afraid of first responders in case of an emergency.

Church Hill Elementary counselor Leslie Scott said she began this program last year and is looking forward to another successful year.

If any of our local first responders and/or military members were unable to attend Tuesday’s kickoff and would like to adopt a class, you may contact Leslie Scott at (662) 494-5900 or email her at