Students, staff are links in the EMS chain

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Binns Nick Alfred, physical education teacher at Elkins Middle School, helps a student connect her link to the chain that symbolizes the solidarity of the school.

ELKINS — This week many children began a new chapter in their lives as they started the school year.

Students at Elkins Middle School joined together with their teachers Thursday to symbolize the importance of coming together.

Every student at EMS, in addition to all faculty and staff members, were given a carabiner link to connect with one another, bringing them together as “one Elkins Middle School,” principal Angela Wilson said.

“When we connect at Elkins Middle School, we connect with our peers, we connect with teachers, we connect to arts and music, we connect to the community,” Wilson said.

To serve as a constant reminder to students and faculty that they are all part of something bigger, the chain will be hung along the halls in the school for the entire school year.

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Binns Teachers and students joined together on the second day of school at Elkins Middle School to make greater connections with one another through a chain link that each and every person was a part of symbolically.

Wilson said, in addition to symbolizing the importance of being unified, she hopes the chain will encourage everyone at EMS to participate in activities, attend school and cooperate with others.

Randolph County Board of Education president Donna Auvil and Cpl. J.R. Wince of the West Virginia State Police attended the assembly and took part by connecting their links to the chain because they play important roles in the success of the school.

Wilson stressed that the school is stronger together as a whole, adding that teachers, students, Auvil, other county officials and Wince are integral links in the chain.