Hi5 Friday at RPES

Community members turned out for the first Hi5 event

The Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce started a new initiative Friday, April 13 – Hi5 Friday.

The Chamber board invited everyone to be at Rachel Patterson Elementary School that morning at 7 to welcome students, staff and teachers.

According to the Chamber press release by Executive Director Emily Harp, the purpose of Hi5 Friday is to start the day with positivity and energy. The goal is to create a magical moment in the day, which kicks off the weekend and celebrates a ‘week well done’ with the simple act of the high-five along with saying ‘Well done,’ ‘Good Morning,’ or ‘Make Today Great.’

Members of the Atmore Fire Department, Atmore Police Department, Mayor Jim Staff, Alabama Representative Alan Baker were among those joining Harp and Chamber President Brandy Giger and Chamber Vice President Jordan Barnett.

Rachel Patterson Principal John Brantley was delighted with the event.

“Hi5 Friday was an awesome way for our students, parents, and faculty to be greeted as they entered Rachel Patterson,” he said. “I saw so many smiles on so many faces Friday morning as they entered the school! I think it is AWESOME that our community is reaching out to our elementary kids – it’s needed. Our students need to feel like they are just as important as anyone else in our community. This is just one of many ways for our students to feel important, valued, and needed. I can’t wait for the next Hi5 Friday – I am working with Emily Harp on a Hi5 Friday in May.”

This Friday, the Chamber Hi5 Friday “patrol” will be at Huxford Elementary School at 7.

From left, Jordan Barnett, Emily Harp, John Brantley, Brandy Giger
Members of the fire and police departments Hi5 students getting off the bus.