Lawmakers Visit Local Schools

Thursday, September 10, 2015
State Rep. Joe Jett (left) makes a point during the lawmaker's visit to the outdoor classroom at PES. Also pictured, are from left: Jamey Parks, State Senator Blake Johnson, Penny Toombs and Leann Mann along with PES Ambassadors.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

In observance of "Take Your Legislator to School Month" both of Clay County's state lawmakers visited local schools in the past week. State Senator Blake Johnson, of Corning, and State Representative Joe Jett, of Success, both took part in the observance, making stops at Rector and Piggott.

Accompanied by administrators, and fifth and sixth grade Ambassadors, the lawmakers toured Piggott Elementary School, making special stops to visit the outdoor classroom, the computer lab and the new ALE classroom. They also checked-in on one classroom of each of the grade levels, and had lunch with several of the younger students in the cafeteria.

"When I heard about this I wanted to do it early in the month," PES principal Leann Mann noted. "We're so glad Senator Johnson and Representative Jett were able to visit us."

Mann, along with Superintendent Charlie Powell and Assistant Principal Brock Swann, accompanied the group along with GT instructor Penny Toombs. Also on hand was Piggott Alderman Jamey Parks, in his role as a PES parent and member of the WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students) program. During the tour, Parks explained the program's origins, and the local effort, to the legislators.

During their tour the lawmakers were very complimentary of the preparation the staff had put into the building, noting it was obvious that extra time and effort had gone into decorating their classrooms and hallways for the school year.

Representative Jett also presented Piggott Elementary with new flags for their pole, donating both an American and Arkansas flag. During their time at the school, both lawmakers also participated in a plaque presentation to Cody Knight, of Piggott State Bank, in recognition for outstanding community service to PES.

"Take Your Legislator to School Month" was a bipartisan initiative by the Arkansas General Assembly during the 2015 Regular Session, which resulted in the passage of HCR1008, which makes the designation. The observance was motivated by the need for members of the Arkansas General Assembly to fully understand the issues and challenges facing public schools in their district, as well as the innovative solutions which educators are developing to address them.

During their time in Piggott the lawmakers also visited Piggott High School and the Piggott Schools administration office.

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