Hawkins County business owner Don Messina surprised Hawkins County school officials this week by donating $13,000 which will be used to wipe out all student cafeteria debt within the county school system.
He left Hawkins County Schools after about six months as superintendent and three years later started a career as a principal in neighboring Sullivan County.
“I can’t think of a higher honor than to have these necessary supplies donated in my name. What a blessing it is to work with such caring students and staff.” — Matt Hixson.
Hawkins County students utilized their communication skills last month to help express the importance of good attendance through a poster, essay, and video contest.
Keplar Elementary School's custodian Jesse Nuber spent Custodian Appreciation Day at his school earlier this month relaxing with his feet up while a group of students manned the brooms and dustpan.
Volunteer High School junior Ellie McLain recently attended the Washington Leadership Training Institute in Washington D.C. where she met with Sen. Marsha Blackburn and discussed the importance of Career and Technical Education.
In September each Hawkins County school hosted a Bus Driver Appreciation Day, giving students an opportunity to say thanks.
The Hawkins County Spelling Bee came down to a couple of Church Hill students Thursday afternoon, but in the 13th round Church Hill Middle's Abby Fisher proved that her spelling skills weren't in need of “Rehabilitation”.
“We feel our student athletes have earned their spot in the postseason playoffs, and changing a postseason bracket just before the end of regular season play is inappropriate.” — Greg Simpson
“We can always have higher expectations. We're good and we wanted to be great. We became great, and now we want to get it to even better.” — CHES Principal Hope Malone
TVA employees showed students how to conduct and measure tests for water quality, and they checked the quality of the water from Cherokee Lake, measuring the oxygen level and ph level to see if it could support life.
“What we actually ended up with is, our strategic plan is about students and educators. That's it. None of the flashy stuff. It's about what's the most important thing. High quality public education.” — Dr. Penny Schwinn
“While there are clearly areas in need of improvement, we will continue to celebrate our successes and commit ourselves to addressing areas of need.” — Director of Schools Matt Hixson
“Our demand is always bigger than the resources. With this money we are able to meet more needs. But, being a county with no shelter, it is harder to meet the needs of families in transition and trying to find affordable housing.” — April Couch
“At the end of the day, the student gets his education and we are consistent in providing a safe environment for all students.” — director of schools Matt Hixson