Area Businesses Invest In School Success At Orchard Knob Middle School

Monday, October 14, 2013

Several area business leaders and community stakeholders will make their way to Orchard Knob Middle School on Tuesday at 1 p.m., to show their support for administrators and staff members who are paving the way for academic achievement.

Under the direction of Principal Crystal Sorrells, OKMS has and continues to raise the bar. With annual gains in test scores, higher attendance rates, and an intensified sense of ownership and integrity, OKMS students are well on their way to reaching new heights.

As a result, new relationships are being forged, and with those relationships are new opportunities to further teach and prepare students for life after school. Because of the hard work and dedication of OKMS staff members, area businesses are eager to lend a helping hand.

“It is vitally important that our students understand the magnitude of the positive things that are happening here at Orchard Knob,” said Ms. Sorrells. “For them to know and see how much support there is brings with it another layer of encouragement from people they may not know, but can learn from,” the third-year principal added.

This community partner event will allow students the opportunity to meet and hear from just some of the business leaders who have decided to give back in a big way. 


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