Tryon Elementary recently honored longtime art teacher Clara Rogers for her years of service to the students of the school.

During the school’s annual third grade musical, entitled “The Big Chill…Hoping for a Snow Day,” Rogers received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Polk County Schools Superintendent Aaron Greene, Principal Allison Hardin, music teacher Woody Cowan and former students Olivia Whiteside and Tyler Muse shared their thoughts about Rogers and helped present the award.

“This evening we present the lifetime achievement award to an individual who shares her boundless love of art and theater with everyone she comes in contact with,” Cowan said. “Through the use of her superpowers, imagination and creativity, Mrs. Rogers is always providing her students with amazing experiences that grow their young inventive minds.

“Because of our dear friend Clara Rogers, our students have come to know these feelings that uplift the soul. Tonight, we present to you the Lifetime Achievement Award and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being our guiding star, always showing us the magic of the spark that is ignited when imagination and love combine to create a masterpiece.”

Third graders entertained an audience of family and friends with a showstopping performance in the school auditorium, with each student singing and speaking during the show.

All photos courtesy Jane Ollis

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