Connecting Atkins High history through the generations

Editor’s Note:Scott Plaster, Atkins English and School Publications Teacher; and Atkins students Nosha Wilson, Kaylin Carpenter, and Ally Moore wrote the story below. During the creation of this feature, its subject – the former Atkins High School teacher Georgia Harper –passed away on Friday, March 3 at 8:30 p.m. with her three sons by her side. In a letter to Atkins, her son John Harper said, “I am so happy that you all brought so much joy into her life in her final days. Because of you, there will always be a special bond between our family and Atkins High School.” You can read more about Georgia Harper’s life at the link: 2017/03/a-tribute-to-geor-gia-harper-connecting.html


During its Black History Month tribute, some students from Scott Plaster’s journalism class at Atkins High School didn’t just do research and write articles on famous black Americans or read about the origins and traditions of their school in a book. They actually talked to a teacher at the original Atkins High School, 106-year-old Georgia Harper, who taught at the school from 1931 to 1934.

Imagine learning about the school and community’s history straight from someone who lived it. Through the modern technology of video conferencing, that’s just what the students and their teacher did.

Harper’s son John Harper said, “Georgia felt as if she had four very kind visitors in her room. I certainly do not have the words to fully express the joy we both felt, and are still feeling. You will be in our hearts the rest of our lives.” Similarly, the experience had an impact on the students. “It’s something I will always remember; we made such a connection,” said Nosha Wilson. Ally Moore said, “It was an interesting way to learn about our school’s history instead of just reading about it.” Kaylin Carpenter said “It really made the history of Atkins come to life in a relatable…

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