Thursday, January 26, 2006

Letters to the Editor

Many thanks from Ellisville:
(Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent to Mayor O.R. “Scooter” Dempsey and the Town of Byhalia from the City of Ellisville and is printed by request.)

Dear Scooter:

Words cannot express the City of Ellisville’s appreciation for the help you sent to us immediately following Hurricane Katrina. We were hot, thirsty and had nothing to eat. We had limited electricity, little phone service, trees down everywhere and many damaged houses. We felt we were alone, but not for long.

Your wonderful town sent water, food, cleaning supplies, paper products and more importantly hope. We divided the many truckloads of supplies between the churches in town so they could control distribution. We laughed and cried and thanked God with each delivery. We then knew we were not alone.

We hope your town never has to go through what South Mississippi has endured since August 29. What we have learned is that Mississippians are resilient and love each other. We send you not only our thanks but also our abiding faith in the goodness of man.

Tim Waldrup
Mayor, City of Ellisville

Community support:
Dear Editor,

One item that has proven to be true over and over for schools around the nation has been that when communities support their public schools fully, then those schools and the students within them achieve at high levels. As principal at Byhalia High School, I would like to thank all the parents and other members of the community who have shown support for our school. this support has come through participation in parent conferences, attendance at open house, appropriate classroom visits, and attendance at school functions, like ball games and school plays. We appreciate your support in all of these, and we ask that you continue to support us as we strive to provide the best possible learning atmosphere for our young people.

One area in which we have recently been blessed is through the donation of track equipment to our school by Emory Methodist Church. We would like to publicly thank the membership and leadership of the church for their generous donation of pole vault padding for our new track. Such a donation will be very helpful to us as we improve our track program and begin to use the new track facility at BHS this upcoming spring. In addition, such a donation saves the school district a great deal of money, allowing district and school funds to be spent on other worthwhile projects for the benefit of our students.

Thanks again to Emory for their donation. It will help us greatly. And again, we would like to thank each and every one of you in the community who have donated your time and energy to help our school. Our young people work hard and deserve your support and time. We appreciate each of you.

Brian Taylor
Principal, BHS

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