MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Some students at a Whitehaven elementary school were recognized for their hard work in class on Wednesday.
Students who made the honor roll at Robert R. Church Elementary in the first semester got to celebrate along with their parents.
The guest speaker at the celebration was Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings.
Director Rallings and the school principal say celebrating these students is motivation for them to continue their hard work.
“Our children have to know that we support them and encourage them to continue to drive because it can't stop in elementary,” said Principal Dr. Janice Tankson.
“We know that the path to education is a key to escaping poverty,” Director Rallings said. “It is probably one of the most important things we can encourage our children to do.”
Director Rallings said the positive things that were impressed upon him as a child have stayed with him.
He said visiting all ages at all schools is important for his department.