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Salamanders strike Southside

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Southside teachers and staff are ready to go on the Salamander Stroll. Back: Jill Rowe, Martha Jamison, Jessica Morel, Lucie Abbott, Corey Curlee, Sue Smith, Jeanna Brandon and Janet Baker. Third: Caron Lovvorn, Regina Campbell, Annice Coop, Renee Warren, Jamie Green, Vickie Ransom, Mary Tim Cook, Jan Hix, Angie White, Nichole Yockey, Layne Talbott and J. Hildebrandt. Second: Reita Vaughn, Johnnie Templeton, Tiki Storey, Pat Baker, Biljana Khan, Pat Simmons, Mari Kay Faulk, Kim Allison, Pam Butler, Angela Pridmore, Cyndi Crigler, Lynna Miller, Christy Herrod, Shonta Lamb and Maria Ledler front- Andrea McTigue, Rev. Glen Forsee, Dr. Ray Butrum, Kyle Prince, Bryan Waggoner, Susan Mason and Mallory Vaughn. (Submitted photo)
How do you know when summer is over? Back to School ads are in the paper, store shelves are filled with school supplies and Southside School teachers are out going door to door to meet their students on the Salamander Stroll.

This marks the fourth year for the Salamander Stroll. Instead of having a traditional Open House where the students come to the school, Southside teachers go to the students' homes. First grade teachers Caron Lovvorn and Regina Campbell take charge of the event each year and put in many hours to make it run as smoothly as possible.

Through special donations from Traders Bank and Northcutt Surveying, this year Salamander Stroll T-shirts were ordered for the event. Postcards are sent out informing students of the date and times of the Stroll. Then the teachers partner up and go out to visit students.

This year, supt. Ray Butrum came to show his support and well as the Rev. Glen Forsee, who is the School Board Member for the ninth district. Rev. Forsee brought water for the teachers to take out on a very hot evening and said a special prayer of blessing for safety and for a great school year.

The parents and students love the tradition. On each street that teachers went down, students were found on bicycles, swing sets and trampolines waiting excitedly on their teachers' arrivals. Any time an unfamiliar car came down the street, students would get excited and look closely to see if it was their teacher.

"The teachers look forward to it as well," said Andrea McTigue, art teacher. "It's become a tradition that we want to continue, because of the positive impact it makes on our community. It just starts the new school year off on the right foot."

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