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Concerned parents, teachers, school employees rally in local communities in support of being ’55 Strong’


The Register-Herald

Raleigh County teachers and supporters picket Shoemaker Square in Beckley during the first day of a two-day statewide teacher’s walkout Thursday.
(Regiater-Herald photo by Chris Jackson)

BECKLEY, W.Va. — “55 Strong.”

That was the motto for all teachers and school employees from all 55 counties in West Virginia as they rallied in their local communities during a statewide walkout Thursday.

Adrian Wilson stood on the sidewalks of downtown Beckley Thursday morning as her young set of twins held signs towards cards that said “Teachers are the best” and “I Love Teachers” in support of their mom and teachers across the state.

Wilson taught school for many years until 2007, when she quit to be a stay-at-home mom to five young children. She claimed she will always remain a teacher at heart and will always support them, because she knows first-hand exactly what they are going through.

“I needed to be out here,” Wilson said. “I have four kids in school and one more about to start school, I’ve seen what these teachers do for their students, and I remember doing it myself. They do so much more than they could ever get paid for.”

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