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Gary D. Wright Elementary
Principal Don Wicker
Spring 2013

On September 6th, 2007 the Gary D. Wright Elementary School was officially opened under the guidance of the newly named principal, Don Wicker. Before the opening of the school, the school's namesake, Mr. Wright, hoped that the newest school would always feel a part of the Hampshire community. "It was a big step for Hampshire to go from a town where there was only one elementary school to a town of two elementary schools." Mr. Wright anticipates that the two schools will work together as much as possible for the benefit of all the kids of Hampshire. Mr. Wright and Mr. Wicker both believe that it is important to work together as well as to create a personality and character that Gary D. Wright Elementary School can call its own. Mr. Wright hopes that the newest school in Hampshire will be "a place that provides opportunities for kids to learn that they are first rate, because that is what every child deserves."

The current faculty and staff under the direction of its first principal, Don Wicker takes Mr. Wright's hopes to heart every day. At the start of each school year, Mr. Wicker and staff welcome the entire learning community with an assembly held in front of the school. Together, the Gary D. Wright students and family members raise the flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance and the Wildcat Creed. This tradition continues each day with a group of students coming to the office to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and the "3 W's" of the Wright Creed;

  • 1) We Will show respect for our school community each day
  • 2) We Will accept responsibility for all of our actions
  • 3) We Will come to school ready to learn with a positive attitude
    These 3 W's make Wright Elementary a good place to learn!

Mr. Wicker, along with the staff and student body, have successfully established a warm and friendly learning environment in which all who enter its doors feel welcome and eager to succeed each day. They look forward to sharing many wonderful learning adventures together at Gary D. Wright Elementary School.

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