Hawkins students find different ways of expressing appreciation for Dr. Reba Bailey

Jeff Bobo • Nov 24, 2018 at 8:00 PM

CHURCH HILL — Although Reba Bailey’s time as director of schools will be short, Hawkins County students put in a lot of extra effort this month to show their appreciation for her.

Bailey was appointed interim director in May after Steve Starnes accepted the director position at Greeneville City Schools.

She will step down on Jan. 1 when Matt Hixson takes over.

For November’s “Superintendent Appreciation,” however, schools demonstrated their admiration for Bailey, not only for leading the school system for the past seven months, but also for more than 30 years as a teacher and administrator in the county.

Carters Valley Elementary

During Tuesday’s Reward School ceremony, students honored Bailey with a Pilgrim-themed presentation, then gave her a $455.38 check made out to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in her honor.

A video of the event can be viewed in the online version of this article at www.timesnnews.net.

“Carters Valley, thank you,” Bailey said. “These books will go to children in our county, and that’s something that I’m very proud to see. I love books, and I know you guys do too.”

Cherokee High School

Cherokee High School's A-team celebrated acting superintendent Reba Bailey, and board member representative Holly Helton by presenting them with CHS shirts, decals, chocolates, "and awesome notes of appreciating from some of our great students."

"We truly appreciate what both of these ladies do for the students and staff of Hawkins County."

Church Hill Intermediate

In honor of Superintendent Appreciation Day, Church Hill Intermediate School students raised $397.73 to vote in Mr. Baird and Mr. Johnson as Turkey Teachers. Thanksgiving meals were purchased for six CHIS families in need.

"We appreciate the generosity of our students as we honor Dr. Reba Bailey as our Interim Superintendent."

Church Hill Middle

In honor of Bailey, Church Hill Middle School conducted a food drive for the Of One Accord Ministry Food Pantry in Church Hill, and exceeded its goal by collecting 3,174 items to be donated to the Food Pantry. Our faculty provided food for a reception for Dr. Bailey and the members of One Accord Ministry Food Pantry in Church Hill who came to collect the items collected for the Food Pantry.

CHMS students wrote appreciation letters Bailey, and Assistant Principal Devin Thomas presented her with a box of pastries from Patsy’s Bakery in Church Hill.

"Along with the Food Drive we collected money for the Turkey Teacher. Ms. Kendra Edgell was crowned Turkey Teacher for CHMS, and $501 was collected for the drive to provide Gift Food Certificates from Food City in Church Hill.”

Clinch School

Students at Clinch School had a competition to raise money for the clinch Valley Volunteer Fire Department in honor of Dr. Bailey. Several of the students at Clinch are members and junior members of the fire department. This fundraiser was important to our students because Clinch Valley Fire Department is the only hope people in our community has in a fire or a medical emergency. Students donated money they normally would have used for extra snacks or at ballgame concessions and raised almost $400. 

McPheeters Bend Elementary

MBES honored Dr. Bailey by hosting a pet food drive. The food drive will continue until November 30th and will benefit the Hawkins County Humane society. To date, they have collected 780 cans of cat food and 309 cans of dog food for a total of 1089 cans of food. PetSmart of Kingsport held a food drive at their store to help us.

Mooresburg Elementary

MES celebrated Superintendent Appreciation Day by collecting 437 food items to be donated to the Mooresburg Community Association in honor of Dr. Bailey. In addition to the food drive, Mooresburg students and teachers will be sending Bailey a video of thanks to show how much we all appreciate her diligence to the interim position.

"It is not an easy job but she makes it seem effortless. Thank you Dr Bailey for your hard work."

Mount Carmel Elementary

Mount Carmel Elementary's A-team is sponsoring a needs drive for the Hawkins County Resource office this month. Students are bringing in items such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, hair brushes, combs, toothbrushes, tooth paste, detergent, etc to help families within our school system in honor of Dr. Reba Bailey. Dr. Bailey came to the school on Nov. 13 and students read her letters of appreciation, poems and presented her with drawings and letters.

Keplar Elementary

Keplar's A-Team raised coins for Dolly's Imagination Library in honor of Superintendent Appreciation Day.

St. Clair Elementary

Students at St. Clair are collecting boxed and canned foods through the month of November for the Hawkins County Family Resource Center in honor of Bailey. The presentation will be made to her at the end of the month.

"Dr. Bailey is an amazing leader for Hawkins County Schools".

Surgoinsville Elementary

Students raised $270 by voting for their favorite “Turkey Teacher” in honor of Director of Schools Appreciation Day. Each penny counted as one vote. Mrs. Abigail Daniels, 4th grade teacher, is this year's Turkey Teacher. The funds are used for our Benevolence Fund to supply the shoe closet and supply materials for SES students who might need it. Dr. Reba Bailey was presented with a gift basket and letters from students explaining why she is such a wonderful director of Hawkins County Schools.

“Thank you, Dr. Bailey, for your dedication and hard work for the students, staff, and schools of Hawkins County. You are very much appreciated and respected for the job you do.”

Rogersville Middle School

Rogersville Middle School made a $75 donation to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in Dr. Reba Bailey's honor.

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