Jerry Roberts wrote this poem for the teachers and staff in the Vilonia School District. It was read at the district’s teacher breakfast held Aug. 14.
T’was just days before school starts and all through the halls
The teachers are doing lesson plans and hanging things on the walls
Everyone is ready, the classified and certified
And if it wasn’t for the first lady, we could have food that was fried.
Dr. David Stephens is the new leader, he has been handed the reigns
And he will whistle and shout and call out their names
Now Lombardi, Kelly, Ashley, Walters, Loyd, Riggins and Sellers
If you do a good job, I will look like one really smart feller.
Every teacher works hard, they all do their part.
And I can’t wait to see the pictures on the walls from the students in art.
The campus looks great; the buildings are all washed and cleaned.
And the paint is being completed by an old pair of Gene’s.
The band, agri, cheerleaders and sports teams are working with all their might
And in just a few short weeks, we will have Friday night lights.
The spring sports, last year, they all really did great
I think almost every team went really far in state.
And the boys track team, can they give us one more
If they win state this year, this will make number four
All of the in-service we have endured this week, no one has been bored
And, I bet you chomping at the bit to teach common core
Vilonia has lots of good teachers; it’s not hard to tell
And when our students get to college, they do really well
When the tornado came through, no one knew where we would land
But the next day many of you were out lending a helping hand
People through our school and town was done, but boy they were wrong
Because they didn’t know we were coming back Vilonia strong.
Bet that was some really great food you all just had
And I know we better not ever make the lunch ladies mad.
So it won’t be long the buses with all the kids will be on the way
But if Erin Rappold makes me a pie, I will try and get you and August snow day.
Let me close this thing down and get out of here
And I hope and pray you all have a great school year.