The East Central Mississippi Retired Educators Association met Nov. 14 at Ross Collins’ Wildcat Cafe to celebrate American Education Week.

The theme for the week was “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility.” The luncheon was hosted by the Meridian Public School District.

The Ross Collins child care class, taught by Dianna Hughes, led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. The children also sang several songs.

Robert Markham, deputy superintendent of Meridian public schools, made welcoming remarks. Markham also introduced the entertainment, the Meridian Barbershop Quartet. The program was called “Were They the Good Ole Days?” The speakers were Annie Ramsey, Bobbie Sherrod, Irene Wade, James Vance and Emma Atkinson.

The speakers told some humorous and some thought-provoking stories of their early years of teaching. The stories ranged from the 1930s to the 1960s. Each person present was able to reflect on his or her early years of teaching while listening to the speakers.

President June Estes closed the meeting by thanking Alan Topcik and the Ross Collins culinary arts students for preparing and serving the meal. She also thanked the employees of Meridian public schools who work hard every year to make this luncheon possible.



• Submitted by Bonita Deweese

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