Russellville educators get school year off to good start

Posted on August 5, 2015 9:49 PM

The Russellville Independent Schools celebrated their Opening Day on Wednesday, Aug. 5, with a large crowd gathered at Crossroads Church. Cindy Holloway served everyone a lovely continental breakfast, and Mayor Mark Stratton delivered the invocation. Pastor Chris Cowen welcomed all to the meeting and jokingly stated he was also honored as Superintendent Leon Smith had asked him to make sure the crowd knew where the restrooms were located. 

Tammy Adams with Charles M. Moore Insurance shared information on Worker's Compensation and encouraged all to be as safe as possible with the upcoming school year.

Robert White, CEO of Russellville Electric Plant Board, shared information regarding United Way and gave testimony of his personal involvement with them.

Superintendent Smith, Principal Lisa White of Stevenson Elementary, and Principal Kim McDaniel of Russellville Junior/Senior High School introduced all the new staff members this year. "Nao", the little robot and newest member, stole the show as he introduced himself and shared he is excited to be working with special needs and autistic students. 

Board Chairman James C. Milam introduced the guest speaker and graduate of Russellville High School, guest speaker Bob Owen. Mr. Owen, owner of Owen Communications, is a motivational humorist who insists on finding laughter in everything. True to his word, he made sure laughs were abounding as well as giving insightful encouragement to make the choice to have good attitudes as we begin each day.

The staff and faculty were dismissed to continue the day getting prepared for tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 6, the students' first day of school.

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