Santa comes early to scholars
by Rory Doyle
Dec 13, 2012 | 1723 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The North Bolivar School District is forming a program to reward students who scored in the advanced category of any portion of the Mississippi Curriculum Test 2, which was administered last spring.

Superintendent Jesse King and pastors within the district area — Shelby, Duncan and Alligator — are coming together to donate money for new bicycles for 23 advanced testers in grades three through eight.

The bikes will make for an early Christmas present and will be delivered on Dec. 21.

King said the concept went over well when it was mentioned at Monday's monthly board of trustees meeting.

"This incentive encourages the children to work hard and become better students," said King. "We just wanted to reward them and go the extra mile for their success."

A previous strategy meeting of over a dozen local ministers and district administrators laid the framework for the inaugural program, which King said he hopes to keep running.

School board president and pastor of Pilgrim Chapel M.B. Church in Winstonville, Rev. Jefferick Butler, said all the churches have been supportive.

"The ministers are exited to bring joy to the hard-working students," said Butler. "We hope this will be an ongoing thing for us — the kids deserve it."

The platform will also raise money for the 18 high school students who are recognized for their testing achievements.

Butler said each of the older students would receive gift cards depending on how much money is raised.

In other news, the district PTA is working on a Sharing and Caring campaign to provide gift bags for every K-8 student before Christmas break begins.

"This is a massive undertaking for us but I think it sets a good example about sharing and caring to our students," said King.

Finally, Butler mentioned a three-week church basketball tournament would begin next spring to raise money for graduating high school seniors.

The money raised will be evenly distributed in checks to every student who marches at graduation next May.

The students are encouraged to put the funds toward the beginning of their college careers.

In non-fundraising news, the district will host its first K-12 Christmas musical at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at Broad Street High School in Shelby.