Retired GCPS clergyman donates propagandize reserve to Mississippi facile school
July 5, 2015 - School Supplies
Former Gwinnett County Schools Athletic Director Mike Emery loads boxes of propagandize reserve into a U-Haul trailer during his home in Peachtree Corners on Wednesday. Emery and his mother Terri, who also late from training this year, are hauling propagandize reserve to farming Mississippi for a district who was in need of some books and other training materials. The span of educators found a district while on a outing exploring a “blues highway” by Mississippi final year.
Gwinnett educators present reserve to Mississippi district
On a debate of blues story and venues opposite Mississippi final summer, late Simpson Elementary clergyman Terri Emery and her father Mike Emery, a effusive entertainment executive of Gwinnett County Public Schools, detected an facile propagandize in a tiny Mississippi city where they trafficked this week to present a trailer of propagandize supplies.
PEACHTREE CORNERS — In a tiny some-more than a year, a outing to a Mississippi Delta to revisit a roots of blues song has resulted in a personal tie to urge education.
Mike Emery, a effusive entertainment executive during Gwinnett County Public Schools, took his mother a tiny some-more than a year ago to transport opposite Mississippi and revisit B.B. King’s birthplace, transport a Blues Highway and see a horde of ancestral stops that offering a brew of informative and song history.
It wasn’t a vacation for Terri, a clergyman who recently late from Simpson Elementary after 30 years in education.
No, it was a margin trip. And along a way, they happened on a tiny facile school, I.T. Montgomery Elementary School, in a three-block city named Mound Bayou, Miss., that is home to about 1,500 people. They adore grill and blues song there and are among a nicest people around, a Emerys said. In Cleveland, Miss. not distant away, during a revisit to a internal store to shun a summer heat, one proprietor even called to make cooking reservations for a Emerys.
It was a kind of place where a tiny song venue would be yet air-conditioning and offer comfortable beer, yet afterwards a owners would open a vast smoker and offer giveaway barbecue.
It’s an area of a nation that is mostly forgotten, Mike said. Poverty-stricken and yet many attention to pronounce of, Mound Bayou was famous years ago for cotton, and now essentially produces soybeans.
As a long-time educator, Terri enjoys exploring schools in other tools of a country, and this time, between stops on a Mississippi Blues Trail, they stopped in Mound Bayou. It was June, so no one was around during a propagandize solely a janitor, who didn’t seem to mind that a Emerys strolled around a hallways.
What they found struck Terri’s heart.
She found a tiny propagandize with one hallway, chalkboards in a classrooms, and desks she remembered from years left by. It was a sheer constrast to a clearly total resources she’s accustomed to in Gwinnett County Schools, including SMARTBoards where marker is nowhere to be seen.
“So we was only station there and going by a opposite classrooms, here am we during a finish of my career in a great, fanciful county that I’ve worked in for so long, and we’re only drizzling with materials and wish for nothing,” Terri said. “Being during Simpson, all we have to do is ask and a relatives will open their arms and give we anything we need.”
With a career’s value of personal materials, she could have given her books and classroom reserve to other teachers who could put them to use, yet their bookshelves were full as well, she said.
“I would adore to present them to a propagandize that substantially doesn’t have a support that we do,” she said. “I only got a feeling that they didn’t have all they could, or should, or would like.”
Soon, she got in hold with a principal, who Terri figured was during initial a bit wavering of this lady from nearby Atlanta wanting to broach a bucket of propagandize supplies. The Emerys pronounced they were supportive about not treating a principal or a propagandize as a present case.
In new weeks, though, Principal Montresia Cain has warmed adult to Terri and voiced that she is really grateful for a donations. Not looking for any fanfare, Terri didn’t share a name of a propagandize or a principal’s name with colleagues and friends.
Nearly 13 months ago, a initial thought was to present a classroom library of books she had collected over a years. But as word spread, and retirement arrived, Terri collected adequate equipment to crawl an SUV, incomparable outpost and led them to use a U-Haul trailer. While a donations are many Terri’s personal equipment collected over a years, about 20 associate teachers also gave leftover or over-abundance equipment from their classrooms, while others gave income toward gas and trailer costs.
And early Thursday morning, a Emerys set off for Mound Bayou with copiousness of books for each classroom to have one.
“I wish they’re going to be thrilled, only a present of a books,” Terri said.
With Mike in tow, a second margin outing was approaching to embody a outing to venues like Po Monkeys, a stop on a Mississippi Blues Trail, and suffer tamales, boiled duck and pink cobbler. Other stops were approaching to embody Clarksdale, Miss., deliberate a “birthplace and universe collateral of blues” where actor Morgan Freeman has a venue called Ground Zero.
“Oh, we’re going to get some blues in,” Mike pronounced as he installed a trailer on Wednesday. “… We’re not going all that approach not to locate some blues.”
Reflecting on a year-long experience, Terri pronounced training about Mound Bayou has altered her life somewhat, not in a outrageous way, yet it grown an recognition and appreciation she didn’t have before.
“It’s only a cherry on tip to be means to make a tiny tiny disproportion for a kids,” she said. “Just to make a kids happy.”