Sulphur Springs High School students started their first day of school for the 2019-2020 school year with games and informational messages, and for a few gift card prizes.
“Basically, the staff wanted to do something nontraditional for the kids. We feel relationships and building relationships is something we excel at here at Sulphur Springs High School. It’s important for us to connect with the kids here,” said SSHS Principal Derek Driver.
The theme for the back to school bash was “Future Ready.” Several students organizations participated in the program, along with inspirational speakers from the community, school and district.
Members of the SSHS Wildcat Band, Blue Blazes and cheerleaders lined the path into the assembly, welcoming students as they entered.
Community members spoke to the students about life advantages and things they can do to be future ready, with a goal of impacting student lives. Among the presenters were Israel Lewis, Joel Tiemeyer, Jeff Cravens and Carrie Nuckolls and Bryson Bullington. Superintendent Michael Lamb joined the cheer squads in leading chants to get the students pumped up about the new school year.
“It was very uplifting morning, a positive start of the first day of school,” said Sulphur Springs ISD Assistant Superintendent Rusty Harden.
SSHS teacher Jordan Owens served as maser of ceremony for the occasion, and Jonathan McGraw oversaw games, with students and staff competing for gift cards. Drawings were scheduled throughout the day for other gift cards donated for students as well.
The Student Council, Blue Blazes, cheerleaders and drum line had active roles in the program.
Driver offers thanks to the community members and school organization sponsors who helped make the event a success. He extends great appreciation to all of the businesses that donated funds to the program, including Chik-fil-A, Alliance Bank, City National Bank and Joe Bob’s.