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Secretary Sanders Visits Warsaw Elementary


Kenansville, North Carolina - Septmeber 12, 2019 - N. C. Department of Administration Secretary, Machelle Sanders visited Warsaw Elementary School to deliver school supplies as part of Governor Roy Cooper’s annual school supply drive. She was led on a tour of the school, which included the 3-5 STEM lab and the 6-8 STEAMA Lab. 

Secretary Sanders spoke to the 7th and 8th graders following the tour. She emphasized to the students that while touring the school, it was obvious they were encouraged to further their education, whether it be the community college or university level. “The value of education you’re getting here and what your teachers are putting into helping you achieve success is priceless. You can’t put a value on that,” said Secretary Sanders. She encouraged the students to be meaningful contributors to this world in order to become great citizens and amazing leaders.

Secretary Sanders wrapped up the visit saying, “STEAMA is the sweet spot where all challenges and issues of our community, country and world can be solved. It allows you to stand out apart from others because of the learning opportunities it gives you. Wherever you sit today is just the start of where you can sit. It takes hard work, and because of who you are and where you are, you are armored and ready to persevere and show up as the good person that you are.”

Dr. Ben Thigpen, Assistant Superintendent of Federal Programs, Student Support and Athletics shared, “Secretary Saunders delivered a powerful message to our students about not being daunted by where you are from, your circumstances and continuing to pursue your dreams and believe in yourself.  She spoke from her heart and her experience. Our students got to see a living, breathing example of someone from a small town who through continued hard work and commitment attained great success.”

To conclude, Secretary Sanders thanked the principal, teachers and staff for a wonderful visit. She presented Warsaw Elementary with 15 boxes of school supplies donated by the Department of Administration. Dr. Parker thanked Secretary Sanders and presented her with a couple of gifts of appreciation which included a Warsaw Elementary “Tiger” shirt.

On average, teachers in North Carolina spend about $500 of their own money on supplies for their classrooms each year. Governor Cooper’s statewide school supply drive in intended to help teachers get the supplies they need to support their student’s learning.