Dylan Harry is a 4th grade student at W.T. Moore Elementary School in Leon County, Florida (his mother Angeleen Harry was selected as “Teacher of the Year” at Sabal Palm Elementary in Leon County and nominated to the county selection). Recently, Dylan acquired “rock star” status when he won the county’s art contest depicting the environment in recognition of “Earth Day” which is celebrated every April 22 since 1970. As a result of Dylan’s success, he received two certificates, $50 cash, a plant and his drawing will be featured on a billboard in Leon County (Tallahassee), for everyone that pass by to view and observe the message pertaining to our environment’s preservation and conservation.
While our state capital, along with its up and down politics sometimes make us in our local communities wonder what is going on in Tallahassee, and from the viewpoint advantage of the Treasure Coast—-it appears there is hope “up there in them there hills of Tallahassee” as an example of the educational products that are reaping gold stars of educational achievement. While many may not agree completely with the educational strategies being implemented—everyone must agree that less tests and more classroom teaching and experiences is a plus all around. More activities as Leon County’s art contest is a positive way of recognizing and rewarding good student efforts as with this year’s contest winner, Dylan Harry.
The Harry family went north from South Florida on the Treasure Coast where Robert Harry (Dylan’s dad) is a product of the St. Lucie County School District and a graduate of Florida Atlantic University; Dylan’s mom is a native of New Orleans and a graduate of Dillard University and met her husband Robert in Port St. Lucie where they married and Dylan was born. While on the Treasure Coast, Angeleen Harry had much success in her business management position before entering the teaching profession and her husband Robert had a successful work experience in his family’s construction business, Ron Harry & Sons of Port St. Lucie, FL. Robert is currently a software developer for Harmonia Holdings Group, LLC.
So, what does Dylan’s little sister Alyssa in pre-K school think about her big brother’s success (it’s a family affair)—all smiles, hugs and high fives because her big brother is one of her best friends! This is a family that went north with strong roots from the south, and as the song by Johnny Horton goes “North to Alaska” go north the rush (gold) is on. Gold nuggets of success are everywhere for families and individuals that work to achieve. Successes by our children are added bonuses yielding long term profits which cannot be measured by dollars and cents. It’s the babies (children) of today that will ultimately make America prouder than ever before if we stand with them now in securing quality education for all.