Dr. Alvera Parrish, superintendent of Southampton County Schools, from left, speaks during the annual Community Leadership Breakfast as Wynet Harrell, Ashanti Banks, Franklin Mayor Johnson-Ashburn, Barbara Barnes, Dallas Jones and Deborah Faulk look on. FRANK A. DAVIS/TIDEWATER NEWS
Dr. Alvera Parrish, superintendent of Southampton County Schools, from left, speaks during the annual Community Leadership Breakfast as Wynet Harrell, Ashanti Banks, Franklin Mayor Johnson-Ashburn, Barbara Barnes, Dallas Jones and Deborah Faulk look on. FRANK A. DAVIS/TIDEWATER NEWS

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Community leaders challenged

Published 10:47am Monday, February 11, 2013

FRANKLIN—Dr. Alvera Parrish, superintendent of Southampton County Public Schools, during Saturday’s annual Community Leadership Breakfast challenged community leaders to make a difference by improving their roles of service to the community.

“You are great when you make someone else great,” Parrish said during the event at the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Development Workforce Center.

Wynet Harrell, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, presided during the event hosted by the Franklin Tri-County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in partnership with Franklin Department of Parks & Recreation & the PDCCC Student Government Association.

Franklin High School Color Guard posted the colors, and Southampton High School Jazz Ensemble provided music.

Greetings were given by Franklin Mayor Raystine Johnson-Ashburn, Oak Street Senior Citizens Chairwoman Barbara Barnes, Southampton County Supervisor Chairman Dallas Jones, Martin Carr with student services at PDCCC and Dr. Joe Edenfield, vice president of PDCCC.

Myra Walton gave the blessing for the breakfast prepared by H&H Catering.

MeChelle Blunt, president of the Franklin Tri-County Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Orris Lane and Candace Lankford presented awards.

 

  • momto2Js

    She’s from our region? Thought she was from Petersburg, since when is that Western Tidewater? SCPS have lost a lot of excellent teachers since September. Not impressed with the way things are being run so far. Hopefully they wil get better.

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    • chilimac72

      I believe she is Brunswick, Principal in Greensville and I was told she was an elementary teacher in Emporia (this I do not know). Good teachers aren’t leaving, the ones that do not want to be held accountable are leaving. BTW she did not implement the accountability process, the state did.

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  • tiggerhomemom

    She has yet to impress me in any way, shape, or fashion. She has a big city mentality in a small town, many parents and teachers I know are not impressed either. She will end up loosing many wonderful teachers if she doesn’t realize where she’s moved to. She has actually moved here, right?

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    • SandMan

      losing…..not loosing!

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    • chilimac72

      She grew up in our region, taught in our region, was a principal in our region and you say she has a “big city mentality”? God forbid she tries to bring new ideas and a fresh approach. Oh, I am sorry, these wonderful teachers were exceeding all expectation prior to her arrival and she is just going to drive them out of our county. Change can be good, give it try.

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  • Makalani

    “OOOOPS!! My bad! A real ‘Senior Moment!’ ” How could I have possibly missed the reporter’s pic and byline on the side?

    But this is still “a soft news story/fluff piece!”

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  • Makalani

    RE: “All we get is a couple of touchy feely “sound bites.”

    I agree. As Clara Peller used to ask in the fastfood commercial: “Where’s the beef?”

    However — in the reporter’s defense — this submitted “soft news story” (since there was no byline or “staff report”) was not meant to be “in-depth-hard-news- satisfying-’meal!’ ”

    The readers will just have to settle for a “fluff-piece-photo-op-news-’snack!’ ”

    Consider the quotes hors d’oeuvres/appetizers! LOL

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  • obxstylist

    We dont really need community volunteers anymore do we? I heard Obama will just have some money printed out and sent to you directly. Then he will tax the “community leaders” and pretend to pay it back.

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    • mr23851

      @obxstylist Guess you heard it wrong! You, Mitt and the do nothing congress need a box of clues.

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      • chilimac72

        Please excuse the ignorance of some. Not all of us Conservative just echo the lame talking points of the media.

        I do agree though that the government forced charities are pushing the charitable intentions out the wind.

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  • Ethan

    This article does little to communicate what Dr. Parrish was trying to say. “…challenged community leaders to make a difference by improving their roles of service to the community” and “You are great when you make someone else great” are the only thing she said that was mentioned. What does “improving their roles of service” entail and what does this have to do with making someone else great? Is she asking for more money for the schools? Does she think community leaders need to do more volunteer work? And who does she define as community leaders? Elected officials? Organization heads?

    Maybe Dr. Parrish exponded on some of this but we will never know. All we get is a couple of touchy feely “sound bites.” As a result, I don’t know if I agree with her or not because I really don’t know what she wants.

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