During the week of November 13, 2017, American Education Week, the staff at Huntsville Elementary set out to inspire students by decorating the halls with poster boards dedicated to former students and their achievements in life.
As Huntsville students walked through the halls of their school during this week, they were able to read about local public figures such as Huntsville Mayor Dennis Jeffers, Former Sherriff Mike Cross, Current Sherriff Ronnie Phillips, and Scott County Mayor Dale Perdue. These individuals and many more were displayed throughout the halls. Pictures of them while in school, and where they are now show children they have the ability to be anything they want to be.
Huntsville Elementary Administrative Assistant, Cynthia Reynolds, is the brains behind this clever operation. Reynolds desired to show children they can achieve their dreams no matter what. She says that according to a recent study, 90 percent of adults report that a teacher placed a dream in their head, and that is why they could accomplish it.
“This project was to inspire and plant a dream in a child’s life,” Reynold said. “Take Bailey Kirkpatrick Sexton for instance, she was just a normal child who had a dream. Now, she is the personal assistant to Candace Cameron on Fuller House.”
Reynolds had some help from other teachers including Amy Sexton. Sexton believes the project was a great idea, and wants to keep it going for next year.
“There are so many people we didn’t have time to include this year,” Sexton said. “I would like to see this continued next year, and we can add additional people.”
If left up to Reynolds, this project will continue. Her passion for inspiring children is also her mission. According to her, the staff are already hearing kids talk about what they want to be when they grow up.
“Kids are talking about what they want to be, “Reynolds said. “It really gets to kids, their dreams can become reality.”