On January 8, 2013, approximately 300 students from seven local public schools dressed in gold and red and were treated to a field trip to "meet the governor." The event, which took place at Turie T. Small Elementary, featured a series of presentations by Dr. Earl Johnson, TT Small Principal; Jim Tager, NSB Principal; Craig Zablo, Campbell Middle Principal; Dr. Margaret Smith, Superintendent of Volusia County Schools laid the foundation for an inspirational message by Governor Rick Scott. After the Governor’s message, he held a Q & A session for the students.
Governor and Mrs. Scott along with students, teachers and principals were enterentained by Turie T. Small’s dance group and “My School” song performed by T. T. Small fifth graders. Westside Elementary FBHonors students were invited to address the governor.
After Governor Scott’s speech, comments heard from students were “He encouraged us to do great things and follow our dreams” and “It was pretty cool the governor came to speak to us today. Not everyone can say the governor was at their school.” After closing remarks by Dr. Earl Johnson, the Governor mingled with the students and posed for photographs. Students departed encouraged with countless possibilities for their future.