AGATE Board accepts yearbook challenge

Jessie Thaxton, fourth grade GT student, is at work on the computer. Each year fourth and fifth grade GT students create a yearbook for Newport Elementary School students.

Each year, the fourth and fifth grade Gifted and Talented students at Newport Elementary, along with their teacher, Ginger Willis, spend hours working to create the elementary yearbook.

Learning to focus on detail, students use creative thinking, photography, graphic design, and editing skills to layout a book of memories for their classmates.

According to Ronnie Kay Erwin, GT Coordinator for Newport School District, approximately 80 percent of students at the elementary school do not purchase a yearbook due to cost. And with the financial effects of the pandemic, the number of those who purchase a yearbook in 2021 will certainly decrease. With that in mind, the Newport AGATE Board has accepted the challenge of making sure every student at Newport Elementary receives a 20-21 yearbook in May.

“The community has been so good to help teachers with classroom needs at the beginning of the school year and generous in giving gifts for each and every student at Christmas,” states Brandi Keedy, AGATE Board member. “We just feel like this is the next step for our students.”

In order for this project to be successful, the AGATE board is seeking advertisers and donations for the purchase of 600 yearbooks.

Sponsorship levels have been set at Bronze through Platinum and include advertisement in the yearbook, as well as, recognition on GT social media pages. For more information regarding sponsorship levels or to make a donation, contact Ronnie Kay Erwin at (870) 523-1311 Ext. 1 for Administration, Option 6 or Ginger Willis and Nancy George at (870) 523.1311 Ext. 3 for Elementary, Option 1.

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