Thursday, May 19, 2011

Leslie A. Stemmons Elementary 6th graders celebrate and don't quit

Leslie A Stemmons Elementary 6th Grade Banquet
Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 6 P.M.
It's so hard to say goodbye, but combine farewells with a celebration and you have plenty of smiles. This evening Leslie A. Stemmons Elementary School 6th grade students, families and teachers smiled a lot as they celebrated 102 students who will be going on to the Middle School.

The first sixth-grade banquet, with more than three hundred attending, was held at the Gospel Lighthouse Church, an active Stemmons Elementary partner and community sponsor.

"We Don't Quit" was the theme. Students showed that attitude throughout the evening and were encouraged to maintain it for the next six years of school.

The banquet provided an opportunity for students to engage in a semi-formal event in their honor along with proud parents.

It always delights me to be among students. These sixth graders were excited. We had a lot of fun this evening!

The banquet meal was prepared and served by parents, DISD retirees and Stemmons staff, each of whom seemed happy to be there, happy to serve.

A spirited program featured students Jewylz Daranco, Albert Ramirez and Makayla and Mackenzie Jimerson.

Concord GenXtreme Mimes were there and gave an uplifting musical performance.

Thanks to Gospel Lighthouse Church Pastor Jay Fleener for welcoming us and for wearing several host hats.

Kudos to community liaison Yolanda Charles, who coordinated this outstanding event with the assistance of Stemmons sixth grade teachers, staff, volunteers and assistant principal Alethea Henderson.

Thanks to interim principal Louis Guerrero for providing campus leadership and support.

Students will hold memories and photographs from the first L.A. Stemmons 6th Grade Banquet. We hope they will also hold on to the meaning in the quote (author unknown) printed on the program, "Winners are not those who never fail, but those who never quit."