Spaghetti supper honors Giles' memory
For years, a spaghetti supper was the big annual fundraiser for Southside Elementary School, and Helen Giles -- the school's cafeteria manager for 36 years, as well as principal Reita Vaughn's mother -- was in charge of the kitchen. The spaghetti supper hadn't been held in years but was brought back this year in Giles' memory. In addition to the Spaghetti Supper, there was a royal race to see which students could collect the most money for their school. Students who raised the most money were crowned Southside King, Queen, Prince and Princess at the spaghetti supper. The money raised by students, along with other donations made in Giles' memory, will be used to build a security fence around the back of the school. Giles had requested that donations for the fence be made in lieu of flowers at her funeral. The proceeds from this year's supper benefited the music department. Music teacher Jessica Scruggs also sponsored a Mardi Gras Dance for the 4th and 5th graders after the supper.