Lamar Elementary to be honored by Hopkins County African American Leadership Conference

From Staff Reports

Sept. 22, 2008 - Lamar Elementary will be honored Wednesday for its continued record of successes, small and large, academically and civically.

Hopkins County African American Leadership Conference will host special activities for students, faculty, staff, administrators and the community celebrating the school's history of excellent performance. Cake, punch and "lots of celebration with proclamations from the city and county" are slated.

"Under the leadership of Principal Rowena Johnson, this school has done exceptionally well. Though many are aware of the accomplishments, we felt the need just to say thank you and keep up the good work," Dr. M. LaVelle Hendricks, president of HCAALC, said of Lamar Elementary.

While it's no secret Lamar has a long-standing academic track record, many may not realize just how far and wide spread the school's efforts reach.

For 11 years, Lamar has received an exemplary rating on annual school performance reports from Texas Education Agency, and has also been recognized by TEA as a Title I Part A Distinguished School since 1997. Lamar has also received a number of "gold performance" awards, and been chosen three times as "One of the Best Schools in Texas" by Texas Monthly. They have been named a Texas Board of Education Just For The Kids Honor Roll School.

The school's students and staff are quite a caring group, raising thousands of dollars for sick children and others with medical conditions. Since the 2003-2004 school year, Lamar students and staff have raised a whopping $25,878.33 for the American Heart Association. They've also raised about $1,000 for Pennies for Patients, $925 in the Walk for Diabetes, and since 2004 have raised $4,200 for St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Lamar has also made donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, donated 11,834 cans of food to the local food bank, sent care packages to soldiers, and raised money to help "light the courthouse."

The fourth graders at Lamar have even made quilts for nursing home patients and made purchases for the Angel Tree project benefitting underprivileged children.

Lamar's choir and Juggle Bugs also entertain the community with their singing and juggling talents.

The community is invited to participate in the celebration honoring Lamar Elementary from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24.

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