In observance of “Take Your Legislator to School Month,” Dollarway School District hosted Pine Bluff City Mayor Shirley Washington and members of the Arkansas House of Representatives Sept. 28.


State Reps. were Ken Bragg, District 15; Kenneth Ferguson, District 16; and Roger Lynch, District 14.


The Arkansas General Assembly’s initiative was motivated by a need for legislators to fully understand the issues and challenges facing public schools as well as the innovative solutions educators are developing to deal with those challenges, according to a news release.


During the event, guests were greeted by Superintendent Barbara Warren and other Dollarway staff. The superintendent outlined a few of the district’s challenges as well as highlighted recent accomplishments such as partnering with the Rural Community Alliance, an organization that helps schools thrive by improving community connections and strengthening other partnerships.


“One of Dollarway’s foundational principles is that ‘We Are Family’ and our stakeholders are a part of our extended family, similar to a family reunion at which you get to know who’s who and begin to build and develop the relationship,” Warren said.


“In the process of engaging our stakeholders we are getting to know each other by finding and creating ways to work together to better our schools, families and community,” she said.


Guests and school officials also boarded a school bus to tour the district’s three campuses beginning with James Matthews Elementary, where they received a cheer-filled and colorful welcome from students, led by their Principal Leondra Savage.


Mayor Washington , a former principal in the Pine Bluff School District, joined a class to assist a student with her reading activity. Students were very helpful in guiding the tour of their school and excited to have visitors, according to the release.


The day continued with tours of Robert Morehead Middle School and concluded with a visit to Dollarway High School where participants had lunch with and interacted with students.


“This was a great opportunity for us to promote a closer relationship between the state legislature, elected officials, our district and community,” Warren said.


“We are stronger when we work together and we look forward to continuing to work together for the success of our students, district and community. We say thank you to everyone who made this day a huge success,” she said.