Meridian Star

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September 6, 2006

Gloria Dancy back at the helm of Carver’s PTA

Some might find it odd that a 56-year-old retired seamstress would want to tackle the presidency of the Parent Teacher Association at Carver Middle School.

If they do, they haven’t met the no-nonsense Gloria Dancy.

“You can’t expect the teacher to do it all,” Dancy said. “Sure parents are busy. But learning doesn’t end when school lets out — it’s got to continue in the home.”

For Dancy, Carver has been a family affair, and her appointment as Carver’s PTA leader for the new school year a sort of deja vu.

Dancy held that same post when her two oldest children, Tracy and Marcus, attended Carver from the mid-1980’s through early 1990’s.

Marcus is now a 25-year-old 2nd Lieutenant in the Mississippi Air National Guard and graduate of Delta State University with a degree in aviation management. Tracy returned to Carver as a social studies teacher, but passed away four years ago at the age of 27 after a bout with Lupus.

Now, Dancy has a new reason to renew her ties with Carver’s PTA: her adopted 11-year-old daughter, Keeandra, who just started sixth grade at the school.

“Why be active in the PTA? For the kids — especially when I’ve got one involved in the school. I’ve got an interest there,” she said.

Dancy’s family ties to Carver are further reinforced by the fact that her husband, Frank — now retired from Lockheed Martin — had always participated with her at PTA meetings and functions, and will continue to do so.

Even during the more than 12 years that transpired since Dancy last had a child at Carver, she remained a loyal booster of the school.

“I would attend the programs at Carver,” she said. “(Deputy superintendent and then-Carver principal) Mr. Robert Markham would still send me invitations.”

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