Giving back

Velma Jackson-Wilkins, Escambia County High School Class of 1972, stopped by the school Tuesday, January 3, to drop off a gift. She donated $500 toward the choir’s trip to Carnegie Hall in New York in April. Jackson-Wilkins resides in Manhattan and hopes to take the group to dinner while they’re in the Big Apple. On Wednesday, school officials and the choir’s seniors met with Jackson-Wilkins to express their appreciation. Shown are, from left, front, Choir Director Conrad Weber, Shameria Hartley, Assistant Superintendent Beth Drew, Velma Jackson-Wilkins, ECHS Principal Dennis Fuqua, Wilneshia Robinson; back, Tyranie Henderson, Anina Wiggins, Ny’Teriyah Williams, Jeremy Johnson, Kirsten King, Eric McCaskill, Ziah Young.