By Guest Writers: Scott Plaster, Atkins English and School Publications Teacher, and Atkins students Nosha Wilson, Kaylin Carpenter, and Ally Moore
During its Black History Month tribute, some students from Scott Plaster’s Journalism class at Atkins HS didn’t just do research and write articles on famous black Americans, or read about the origins and traditions of their school in a book. They actually talked to a teacher at the original Atkins High School, 106-year-old Georgia Harper, who taught at the school from 1931 to 1934. Imagine learning about the school and community’s history straight from someone who lived it. Through the modern technology of video conferencing, that’s just what the students and their teacher did.
Her son John Harper said about the experience, “Georgia felt as if she had four very kind visitors in her room. I certainly do not have the words to fully express the joy we both felt, and are still feeling. You will be in our hearts the rest of our lives.” Similarly, the experience had an impact on the students. “It’s something I will always remember; we made such a connection,” said Nosha Wilson. Ally Moore said, “It was an interesting way to learn about our school’s history instead of just reading about it.” Kaylin Carpenter said “it really made the history of Atkins come to life in a relatable way.”
To read the entire story and see more pictures please check out the Atkins High School News Blog here.
Editor's Note: During the creation of this feature, its subject -- the former Atkins teacher Georgia Harper -- passed away on Friday, March 3 at 8:30 pm with her three sons by her side. In a letter to Atkins, her son John Harper said, "I am so happy that you all brought so much joy into her life in her final days. Because of you, there will always be a special bond between our family and Atkins High School."