Former student donates supplies to Aliceville Elementary

From left: Former Aliceville student Kelly Lessard, Principal Terry Sterling and Bernice Craig.

By Ginger Pearson, Correspondent

On Thursday, April 25, I went to Aliceville Elementary School to cover a story about a former student donating school supplies and by the time I left, realized that I had three intriguing stories in one. I would like to introduce you to two special ladies and how their love for children and education brought them together to benefit the children of Aliceville Elementary School.

Bernice Craig is a retired teacher from Pickens County who moved to Macon, Miss., where she taught for 11 years and retired again, giving her a total of 37 years of teaching. Her love of children and wanting to make a difference in their lives brought her to be a substitute teacher for Aliceville Elementary School,

Craig told a story of wanting to motivate children to read. She said that she prayed and the Lord led her to start an accelerated reader store to motivate children to celebrate achievement. She wanted to award students with a small token of their accomplishments, so she asked churches, businesses, and individuals to make monetary contributions or to donate a toy to reward the children, which was very successful.

The children were allowed to shop and during Christmas they bought presents for their families. Her accelerated reading program for positive behavior is the first program of its kind in the area. She also volunteers at the school by decorating bulletin boards and says that the Good Lord will repay her and that working is not about a pay check, because she enjoys her work with children. Craig attends Cluster Baptist Church near Macon, Miss. and she smiles as she shows photos of her bulletin board at church.

See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.
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