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Fairland West Elementary holds ‘education celebration’

PROCTORVILLE — After receiving three As and one B on the state school district report card for 2012-2013, the Fairland Local Schools elementary students were rewarded for a job well done.

“We usually score the highest of any district in the county,” Sandy Joseph, Fairland West Elementary assistant principal, said. “This celebration is a token of appreciation for our students who work very hard.”

The weeklong event kicked off on Monday with an assembly where fifth-grade science teacher Leroy Baise appeared as Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson.

Following the assembly were parachute games where students learned cooperation and team-building skills.

Proctorville resident Aaron McLeod played classical, acoustic and steel guitar for the students. Fifth-graders at Fairland West are taught guitar in music class and McLeod offered an extension of that instruction. He is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music in Boston, the same school from which rock star John Mayer graduated.

“One of the reasons we always score so well is we have good teachers,” Joseph said. “We have many teachers who have been here for many, many years.”

Parents also got in on the celebration on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday when they were invited to have lunch with their children at school and PTO members served cake during lunch.

The event culminated on Friday when Fairland Principal Teresa Johnson arranged for inflatable slides and obstacle courses to be placed on the school’s playground.

“It is a privilege for the PTO to honor our students for their academic achievements,” Michelle Bloss, PTO president, said. “Fairland Schools provide a high-quality education for all of the children in kindergarten through twelfth grade.”

Parent volunteers and PTO members assisted the teachers in supervising the children, who were served ice cream after the event concluded.