Friday, April 30, 2010

Hattie (High School Days)

I like how Hattie’s story about high school memories concludes with her teacher Mrs. Hayre. I bet neither Aunt Lena (see Bernice’s heartfelt tribute to her aunt in the previous blog post) nor Mrs. Hayre knew what a big difference they were making in the lives of little Bernice and teenage Hattie. These stories are proof that the goodness of good people really live on.

Hattie Lee Ellerbe
April 15, 2010
High School Days

My high school days were some of my best days.  I was mostly involved in Student Government, following in the footsteps of my older sister, Dorothy Lee.  She was president of the Student Association when she graduated.  I made it up to Vice President and had the respect of my fellow students but more importantly their  friendship. 

These were fun days.  My teachers were role models and were very influential in my future.  I loved school and never missed a day.  I was cited for perfect attendance for 12 years.  If I stayed at home, I would have had to do chores.  There was a method to my madness.

The teacher who had the most influence in my life was “Mrs. Hayre” my 9th grade advisor and English teacher.  She later became Dr. Ruth Wright Hayre, Superintendent of School District 5.  She was a beautiful mentor.