WPCSD hosts Bright Horizons Partners in Education Kickoff

Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

The West Point Consolidated School District hosted a program Tuesday at West Point First Baptist Church for the district’s Bright Horizons partners.

Community Relations Coordinator Julie Hill said Bright Horizons partners are businesses or individuals that partner with the entire district or a specific school and give monetary donations of school supplies and book donations, host honor roll breakfast, sponsor a student and teacher of the month, allow students to tour their businesses, judge reading or science fairs and spelling bees or participate in career fairs.

“We wanted to get all of our partners together to meet with coordinators and administrators from each school,” Hill said. “It’s a great opportunity for networking and lets everyone put a name with a face, and we wanted to thank our sponsors and kick off the year.”

WPCSD Superintendent Burnell McDonald and FBC West Point Pastor and Bright Horizons partner Reverend Dale Funderburg gave the opening remarks at the program.

“There’s always people who criticize the schools and say how we could improve or should improve, but you actually help us to improve our schools, so West Point Consolidated School District thanks you for that,” McDonald said during the program.

Funderburg prayed before the lunch was served, and he said he prayed for students and teachers in the district daily.

“There are people in our country looking to divide, but here in West Point we are working to come together,” Funderburg said.

While lunch was served, Meon Carroll’s second grade music students and Kristin Williams’s third grade music students sang versions of Anna Kendrick’s “When I’m Gone” and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” with the lyrics changed to reflect what they’ve learned as a part of the Leader in Me program that elementary students in the district are participating in.

The Leader in Me program aims to teach leadership skills to students based on the seven qualities of a leader: be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, synergize and sharpen the saw.

After the program, partners met with with administrators from each schools at tables set up for brief planning and discussion of each school’s wish list.

Hill said although the school year has already started, the district accepts new partners at any times.

If any business or individual is interested in becoming a Bright Horizons partner, contact Hill at (662) 494-4242 or julie.hill@westpoint.k12.ms.us

The Fall Bright Horizons meeting will be at 4 p.m. Nov. 7 at Church Hill Elementary.