Gifted Education Week proclaimed in Knox Schools

Students and teachers in Knox County will celebrate gifted and education education during the week of February 19-25, 2012.

Knox County school officials and students were joined by representatives from Union College on Thursday, February 16, for a proclamation signing to create awareness for the needs of children with gifts and talents.

“We must challenge our next generation of gifted and talented students with rigorous and relevant opportunities for higher learning,” stated Superintendent Walter T. Hulett while reading the proclamation.

“A child’s gifts and talents are fostered through the combined efforts of educators, parents, policymakers, business leaders, organizations, and individuals in our community.”

The proclamation calls attention to the importance that youth with gifts and talents in academics, creativity, leadership, and visual and performing arts be valued, developed, and celebrated.

Knox County school officials present for the proclamation were Walter T. Hulett, superintendent; Kim Merida, assistant superintendent; Marty Smith, board member; and Jennifer Carey, gifted and talented coordinator.

Representatives from Union College were Dr. Thomas McFarland, president, and Jason Reeves, dean of the educational studies unit.

Students who participated in the signing were Andrew Roach, Kennith Barrett, Jenna Davis, Leanna Osborne, Kevionte Turner, Zoe Iley, Trey Chesnut, Laura Everly, Ashley Visoso, and Peyton Barnhill.