The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

February 4, 2013

Pattillo Alumni Association continues to play active role in community


ROCKY MOUNT — The Board of Directors (BOD) of W.A. Pattillo High School National Alumni Association, Inc. held its second meeting of the year on January 19, at Pattillo School under the leadership of its President, Dr. Fred S. Wood, Jr. Four of seven officers were in attendance, accompanied by 9 of 15 Board Members and 6 of 10 Appointed Standing Committee Chairpersons.  An attempt to connect five other individuals via Skype failed.

Both Sandra Joyce, Principal of Princeville School and Jeremiah Miller, Assistant Principal of W.A. Pattillo School, made presentations to the Board regarding the current status of their schools and shared some fiscal and resource needs of the schools.  Both schools were adopted by the alumni association last year and the association is committed to supporting each.  

The Board gave final approval for a three month $7000.00 Scholarship Fundraising Campaign that will began in January.  Scholarships to qualifying graduating college-bound ECPS seniors and incentive awards to ECPS elementary and middle school students will continue to be a standard part of the association’s contributions to the community. The Walter Alexander Pattillo Scholarship, named after the first principal of Tarboro Colored High School and the primary scholarship for college-bound high school seniors, will be presented again year. The secondary scholarship for graduating seniors will be given in the name of former faculty member Mrs. Bea Garrett Burnette this year.  Her teaching and coaching career spanned more than 30 years at W. A. Pattillo School. The Incentive Award for elementary and middle school students, named for a pioneer in leadership and community service in Tarboro and/or Princeville, this year will be named after Mr. Roland Clark.  Mr. Clark, a long time Entrepreneur, was also a Tarboro             Town Councilman.  

The Board also voted to provide financial and resource support to The College Round-up Program.  The Board approved a balanced budget and enhanced financial internal controls. Miscellaneous reports from officers and committee chairpersons revealed various information. The Association has awarded a life membership to every surviving teacher who taught at W.A. Pattillo or Princeville School through the year 1970.  Efforts are ongoing to obtain every name and address possible.  Other reports indicated that the association continues to send greetings – Holiday and Get Well – to elderly and ailing members.  The Benevolence Committee also reaches out to members and families during bereavement.  The association is currently selling a 2013 calendar featuring historical photographs of principals, faculty, students and school activities.  A definite “keepsake,” anyone wishing to order a copy should visit the Association's Website ( or directly from C. Rudolph Knight at 200 E. Baker Street, Tarboro.  

Finally, plans for the annual alumni reunion were reported. This year’s Theme: PRESERVING OUR LEGACY!  “Thy Noble Sons, Thy Daughters Fair: Celebrating Our Past and Embracing The Future."  This 32nd Annual Reunion will be held July 5-7, 2013.  Again this year it promises to be a time to reflect on the past, refocus efforts for the future, and renew friendships. Registration materials for the reunion will be circulated in early March.