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State leaders tour Hahira Elementary

Tour participant Sonny Walker tries out the bongos with a student. Tour participant Sonny Walker tries out the bongos with a student.

September 24, 2003

Hahira - Banging on bongos, tapping the tambourine, and making music with boom-whackers isn't a typical day on the job for most state and community leaders. But that's what many of them spent the day doing at Hahira Elementary. "I wish I could go back and start my kindergarten years again," said Sonny Walker.

More than 100 distinguished guests stopped in Lowndes County today on the 11th annual Bus Trip Across Georgia. Only 13 schools in the state are selected for the tour. "We're looking at two areas, and Hahira is doing both of those, working with their teachers and having outstanding student achievement," said Steve Dolinger, President of Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.

Through music, hands-on literacy activities, and even building lessons, the school is showcasing its student success. "It's obvious that the children are learning early and well, and the teachers are enjoying it too," said Walker.

Guests say they are most impressed with the level of technology at Hahira Elementary. "There are several computer labs throughout the school, and the kids really know how to work their way through the resources," said Dolinger. "That's probably one reason this school's test scores improved this year."

This year's trip theme is "Quality Teachers Equals Quality Schools." And from the smiles on the guests faces when the trip ended, Hahira Elementary is setting the state standards.

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