Thursday, January 27, 2005


Wilkins-Smith speaks to H.W. Byers students
By Charles Johnson

Lexine Wilkins-Smith, assistant vice-president of the Bank of Holly Springs spoke to students at H.W. Byers on Wednesday of last week. Smith was introduced by Charles Johnson, transitional coordinator for the county schools. Smith began by telling the students about herself. She told them that she started out as a teller and worked her way up to the position she currently holds with the bank. Students were very attentive as Smith enlightened them about banking. She told them that it is good to start using the bank at an early age, and that they could open an account now, but they would need an adult on the account with them until they reach the age where they would no longer need anyone on their account. She told them about checking accounts, savings accounts, certificates of deposits (CD’s) and retirement accounts. She gave them good information about loans and keeping their credit in good standing. She talked to the students about check writing and balancing their check books, so they would not have overdrafts. Some students stated that they already have savings accounts that their parents set up for them. Others, said they work during the summer and save their own money. A question was asked about how your credit score affects your getting a loan from the bank. She explained that a low credit score will not allow you to obtain a loan, but the higher your score, the more likely your loan would be approved. She explained that the bank makes its money from the consumers. The bank loans consumers money and charges interest on the loan. In closing, Smith stated that the Bank of Holly Springs has been in business for over 120 years. The presentation was very helpful and everyone learned a great deal about banking.

Johnson would like to thank Smith and the Bank of Holly Springs for supporting Marshall County Schools.

MA collects old cell phones for Project Graduation 2005

Did you know that over 150 million cell phones are thrown away each year?

Help us turn this waste into valuable funds for Marshall Academy’s Project Graduation 2005!

The cell phone recycling fund raiser will help MA’s senior class earn needed funds, while saving the environment from dangerous waste.

Please help the senior parents raise funds for Project Graduation 2005, which is an all-night alcohol and drug-free post-graduation celebration. Bring your used cell phones to the Marshall Academy office or call Donna Malone at 662-838-6197 or 901-262-5236 for pick-up.

Drop off boxes are also located at the Century 21 office on the Holly Springs Square.

Thank you very much for your help in making Project Graduation a great success!

Lunch with the principal
Students at Potts Camp School who were chosen for the monthly “Lunch with the Principal” activity for students in grades 4-6 were seated at a special table and presented with a certificate by the counselor, Opha Ash. Among them were Abby Farr, Alexis Wilkerson, Christina Thomas, Anelicia Myers, Ken Basil, principal; James Turnage, Justin Feathers, Monterrica Foster, and Andi Gailor. Also present was Ray Kennedy, assistant principal.

Ronald McDonald visits H.W. Byers Elementary
Ronald McDonald visited H.W. Byers Elementary, K-6, Wed., Jan. 12 and made an excellent presentation to grades K-3. Ronald talked to the students about the importance of books. H.W. Byers t-shirts were presented to Ronald and his guests, Jim Byrd and Darnell Byrd (Byrd Management Group) by principal Dixie Pye. Students, teachers and visitors enjoyed the visit.

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