Persistence goes a long way

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, March 1, 2017

“Nothing in the world will take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than the unsuccessful person with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” – Calvin Coolidge

This Thursday, as we do each March 2nd, students from all three campuses and members of the community will join together to celebrate Read Across America Day.

This nationwide observance to promote reading among children coincides with the birthday of Dr. Seuss, arguably the greatest children’s book writer of all times.

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The story of Dr. Seuss is one of persistence.  In 1937, Dr. Seuss completed his first book titled “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.”  His book was then rejected by 27 different publishers before Random House finally agreed to publish his work.  He could have easily given up, but his persistence resulted in a long list of children’s books that are as popular today as they were when they were written.

In honor of his persistence and his commitment to children’s literature, the Brewton City School System is proud to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday as part of Read Across America Day.  We are thankful to all the parents and community members who volunteer to read books to our students as part of this event.

It’s a great time to be a T.R. Miller Tiger!

About Kenneth Varner

Dr. Varner currently serves as Superintendent of Brewton City Schools.

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