RPES honors ‘difference makers’

From left, Jessica Lockett, LaRoyia Turner, and Bishop Catadro North

News Staff Report

During the Black History program at Rachel Patterson Elementary School Wednesday, Feb. 28, students and faculty not only celebrated heritage, they also recognized three “difference makers” within their school community and celebrated their contributions and positive impact they make in the lives of others.
Principal Toya McMillian announced the catalysts for change – RPES teacher Jessica Lockett, student LaRoyia Turner, and Bishop Catadro North, Empowerment Tabernacle.
Lockett goes above and beyond at RPES every day, but her latest achievement was organizing the Black History program.
Bishop North coordinates numerous events during the school year which benefits students with much needed items.
And the youngest difference maker honored was LaRoyia Turner.
McMillian had this to say about her: “The Escambia County’s ‘Eight Who Are Great’ student from Rachel Patterson is LaRoyia Turner. She is a fourth grader in Mrs. Ferguson’s class. She is also an honor student. She is in the STEM Club. She is a Panda Peer Helper, and she serves on the Principal’s Advisory Committee. I believe she will be inducted in our National Elementary Honor Society next week. Her mother passed away last year, but she continues to be RESILIENT! She is so strong. Because of her positive attitude, her will to always do the hard work, and her determination to succeed, she is definitely destined for greatness. Her today is bright, but her future will be even brighter. As educators, we desire to make an impact on our students’ lives, but LaRoyia has impacted our lives. She is pretty awesome!”