GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Guilford County Schools were awash with the color red today in support of public education. The district invited parents, elected officials, business leaders and community members to say thank you to those in local schools by wearing red for public education or leaving a note or token of appreciation.
The event was created in response to some North Carolina groups that were urging teachers to walk out. GCS wanted the public to instead walk in and see the great things that are going on in the schools, despite budget cuts and other issues facing educators today.
At Northern Elementary, hundreds of students were wearing red, as parents and elected officials dropped by to show their support. Grimsley High students and staff wore red ribbons and visitors brought cards, posters and baskets of treats to mark the occasion. At Greene Education Center, staff members braved the cold to perform a cheer.
At Greensboro's Grimsley High School, North Carolina Teacher of the Year Karyn Dickerson thanked teachers that remained in school instead of walking out.
All 126 Guilford County schools participated in Walk-In Day.