Alongside Eric Davis, a new member of the state board of education, Dr. Atkinson toured the entire campus and went into every classroom. She took time to read Snowflakes Fall, by Patricia MacLachlan & Steven Kellogg, to a 2nd grade class who all attentively listened about one of their very favorite topics. The students made sure Dr. Atkinson knew that they were still eagerly awaiting a possible snowfall this winter.
“I recognize that this is a wonderful place for students and teachers,” said Atkinson.
Dr. Atkinson accompanied 2nd Grade Teacher Leigh Anne Bouchard to the Wildcat Car Lot where they both worked car rider duty greeting parents and helping with the dismissal of students. At the conclusion of the school day, she sat down with the school’s staff, Cleveland County Board of Education members, district administrators, and members of the local media to share her vision for the future of North Carolina’s education system.
When speaking to the group of teachers, Atkinson added, “I am here to say congratulations for what you do for the children at West Elementary. It is gratifying to see how you are helping children, one child at a time.”
"My faculty and I were honored that Dr. Atkinson chose to visit our school as part of the recognition for receiving the National Blue Ribbon Award," said Heather Pagan," principal of West Elementary. "We appreciated being able to represent Cleveland County Schools in such a positive manner both locally and at the state level."
Before departing for Raleigh, students Branson Bouchard and Railey Bolt held a small induction ceremony for Dr. Atkinson, making her an honorary West Elementary Wildcat.
“We’re excited that Dr. Atkinson was able to come celebrate with us at West Elementary,” said Dr. Stephen Fisher, Superintendent of Cleveland County Schools. “We are extremely proud of the school’s students, staff, and community for their recent successes and can’t wait to see what great things are yet to come.”
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