Willard welcomes special women

WARREN — Students at Willard PK-8 School got a break from first period Friday for “Breakfast with Someone Special.”

The event, in which seventh-graders invited a special woman in their lives to come to the school for doughnuts and beverages, allowed staff and families to get to know one another. The cafeteria quickly filled with the sound of conversations and laughter.

This is the first year Willard PK-8 School held such an event for the 80 students in the seventh grade and it comes on the heels of a similar event held for those in eighth grade two weeks ago, Principal Carly Polder said. Students could invite any woman they wanted and those who didn’t have a role model who could attend were encouraged to invite a teacher they liked or sit with volunteers from North-Mar Church of The Christian & Missionary Alliance.

“This is just something we want to do in an informal setting to bring the community into the school and give everyone an opportunity to talk and get to know one another,” Polder said.

Larry Johnson, Willard PK-8 School community liaison, said he feels such events are a way to truly impact the relationship between the school and the community and it’s also something simple to put on for the student body.

“The kids have been really excited about this breakfast and they’ve been looking forward to it all week,” Johnson said.

T’KeeYah Cambridge, an educational assistant at the school, said it’s easy for parents to get into a mindset that education is a negative experience, especially if the only time they interact with the staff is when there is a problem.

“This brings everyone together in a different atmosphere,” Cambridge said. “Sometimes the kids or parents might see staff as enemies, but today we are all one just spending some time together before we start our day. To see the smiles on the faces is great.”

For Marshal Isaac, who invited his mother Shannon Simpson, it was a good morning with someone he loves.

“I just like spending some time with her,” Isaac said.