Ivey visits Winston County to recognize its Alabama Bicentennial Schools

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Rep. Tim Wadsworth, R-Arley presented Gov. Kay Ivey a key to the town of Arley. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)

DOUBLE SPRINGS, Ala. – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday visited Double Springs to recognize Winston County’s Bicentennial Schools: Haleyville City Schools, Winston County High School and Meek High School. Ivey announced the 200 Alabama Bicentennial Schools in August 2018, with each school receiving a $2,000 grant to support a year-long project designed to strengthen connections between campuses and their communities.

“Good morning everyone, what an exciting day it is to be in Winston County to celebrate Alabama’s Bicentennial,” Ivey exclaimed. “It’s an honor to be with you today with such a distinguished group of individuals. On Dec. 14, Alabama will be celebrating our 200th birthday. You know, as I tour the state, I realize that it is a privilege I have to serve as governor and one of the best parts of serving as governor is getting to meet the people of Alabama, people just like you are all over our great state.”

Continued Ivey, “A year ago, I challenged the students to come up with some projects to prove their community and experience and discover the satisfaction that comes from working with fellow Alabamians to make our state an even better place to live. I want to thank Meek High School, Double Springs Elementary, Winston County High School, Addison schools, Lynn schools and Haleyville High School for taking this challenge to heart. Your projects truly embodied what this bicentennial year is all about.”

Ivey gave the schools in attendance copies of the special Alabama Bicentennial book “Alabama: My Home Sweet Home,” and students received Bicentennial coins. In return, several Winston County officials gave Ivey mementos of her time in the county. Double Springs Mayor Elmo Robinson gave Ivey a key to the town of Double Springs, while Rep. Tim Wadsworth, R-Arley also gave her a key to the town of Arley. Representing the Winston County Arts Council, Chairman J.D. Snoddy and his wife, Theresa gave Ivey flowers in a vase that was made in the pottery shop at Meek High School.

To conclude the program, the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to Alabama, with a group of students from Winston County Schools performing.

To find out more about the Alabama Bicentennial and the 200 Bicentennial Schools, visit http://alabama200.org.

Click here to see a video of Ivey’s visit to Winston County.

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Maggie Darnell

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