On Monday, January 2, 2017 the staff of Community ISD returned to work after the winter break and held convocation in the CHS Cafeteria. A very special guest speaker addressed the staff about the importance of encouragement and the impact of teachers.
Makenzie Smith is a senior at CHS. Despite facing many challenges, Makenzie is helping others Experience the BLUE through her positive attitude and motivating drive. Recently, Mack took a career interest survey, which revealed her desire to be a motivational speaker. When CISD Director of Special Programs Natosha Scott shared Mack's career aspirations with Superintendent Nivens, he insisted that she be the featured speaker for the January convocation. “We are all about not only giving our students an education, but we also want to give them experiences whenever possible,” said Dr. Nivens. “This is an experience that Makenzie and her family will remember for the rest of their lives.”
Thanks to the support of her classroom aide, Ms. Cilicia Wofford, Mack prepared the following speech and delivered it to a captivated audience of over 200 CISD staff members.