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Taylor names presidential award honorees

Several students qualified for the Presidential Academic Excellence Award at G.R. Taylor Elementary. They maintained a 3.5 grade point average or higher and scored above 85 percentile on the I.O.W.A. exam. They are, front row, Isabella Soto, Grey Shaner, Hope Mincy, Emma Rongey; back row, Sydney Norman, Abigail Hornbeck, Samara Pendergrass and Anna Herrin. (Special to The Commercial)

Gandy honors students in May

Gandy Elementary School in White Hall named the following Students of the Month for May: bottom row, Madison Spradlin, Keira Strange, Josiah Witcher, Landon James, Kylee Hulsey, Emma Craig; middle row: Charmiyah Weaver, Ma’ Kayla Kimble, Montavion Phillips, Alexis Patterson; and top row, Nandi Huggins, Nicole Patton, Presley Chism, Kamryn McEntire and Michael Ford. (Special to The Commercial)

WH grad receives book award from library

The Friends of the While Hall Library presented a $400 check to Drew Holland, a May 2015 White Hall High School graduate, at the White Hall Library on May 20. The Book Award will assist Holland, who is a lover of reading, with the purchase of textbooks. Holland will major in accounting at Arkansas Baptist University in Arkadelphia this fall. The White Hall Friends of the Library annually awards a White Hall high school graduating senior who has registered to attend an institution of higher learning during the fall and spring semesters. (Special to The Commercial)

Physics of Flight

Bob Tarter, better known as the Animal Man, came to Moody Elementary recently and presented a program titled, ‘Physics of Flight.’ He teaches respect of the natural world and introduces students to various animals that fly. (Special to The Commercial)

School Gets A New Life

WHITE HALL - A landmark, 75-year -old school building contstructed in 1939 by the federal Works Pregress Administration is on its way to a new life as a Redfield community center. The former Redfield Middle School - closed at the end of the 2012-13 academic year by the White Hall School Board - was cleared by the panel last week for immediate sale to the Keep Redfiled Middle School citizens group. The organization, which listed Todd Dobbins as its president, was the high bidder on the building at $70,112.

Helping Others

Dorthy Pollett’s fifth grade home room class was the class to donate the most shoes at the Taylor Elementary School’s Ozark Water Project shoe drive. Each student donated at least 5 pair of shoes for a total of over 100 shoes. Staff and students met the goal of 500 pair of shoes donated for this mission. Ozark Water projects export the shoes to distributors in South America. Haiti and Kenya. Shoe resale offers affordable shoes to people who may not have shoes. Funds generated from the shoe sale are used to purchase well-digging rigs, water purification systems and other supplies to bring clean, fresh water to those in need.

Taylor Students Of The Month

The following students at Taylor Elementary were chosen as December students of the month for displaying positive character traits. They are (front row) Quentin Bornes, Kennedi Barnett, Grace Mincy, Jaden Ford; (middle row) Landon Garrick, Jay’Maria Thomas, Reese Owens, Ramona Pearce; (back row) Jamir McNeary, Caleb Taylor, Caleb Jones, Rebecca Reed, and Laney Lunsford. Not present for the photo were Hannah Estess and Ally Edwards.

WH, Woodlawn schools receive state reward funds

Three White Hall District schools — Hardin Elementary in Redfield, Moody Elementary in White Hall and White Hall Middle School — and Woodlawn Elementary School in Cleveland County were recently approved for financial prizes through the Arkansas School Recognition and Reward Program.