On a bright December morning, history was made at W.M. Anderson Primary School when the school's first elected student body officers were sworn in. Before the swearing in ceremony, each officer stood before the crowd and gave their acceptance speech.
Kingstree Mayor Ricky Burrows performed the December 18, ceremony in front of a room full of students, family and staff. SaMara McFadden, president, TyZhawn Tisdale, vice president, Calayah Williams, secretary, and Larissa Wall, treasurer promised to serve in their respective offices to best of their abilities with honor and dignity.
In addition, the mayor pinned each child commemorating the event. "Anderson Primary is one of my favorite schools," said Burrows. "You keep the school clean, the teachers are great, but most importantly, the students are great. You all need a great hand for what you've done here today." Burrows then recognized each child for their efforts in making the day a historic one. "Think large - dream big and all of your dreams can come true."
In November, the school held a school-wide primary election for student government officers. The process included all students; however, only the second grade students were eligible to run for office. During the campaign, the students presented speeches promoting themselves for their respective positions. W.M. Anderson Primary Principal Dr. Teresa H. Wright recognized the parents for taking the time to be part of the historic occasion. She thanked the teachers and staff for their efforts in making sure the children receive the experiences that will allow them to be productive citizens. "This is helping them to live up to the vision that we have for all of our boys and girls for them to be articulate, problem solvers and socially adapted to any environment." Wright also thanked Burrows for his earlier words, which she said confirmed what is well known. "Mayor Ricky Burrows has confirmed what we've been saying all along - that W.M. Anderson Primary School is the best," said Wright. She then focused on the children. "Is that right?" to which the children answers a responding "Yes" not once, but three times.
The event was planned and implemented by teacher LaTasha Scott and the second grade team. Mya Scott presided over the event. Marianna Burgess conducted the Pledge of Allegiance and Kirra Dozer conducted the School's Honor Pledge. Students of Charlene McKenzie's Child Development class provided wonderfully winsome entertainment.