The Eastern Pulaski Elementary School welcomed a special guest Tuesday morning. Indiana’s First Lady, Karen Pence, visited the school which recently received the honor of being named a Four Star School.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman and Elementary Principal Jill Collins escorted Pence around the elementary school where she visited with a handful of teachers. Pence, who has taught for many years, stopped to talk to a couple of classes and took questions from the students.
Pence was very impressed with the staff, students and the facility.
“It was very impressive,” stated Pence. “The most impressive thing about my visit today was talking with the fifth graders. They have seven more days of school left in this building and then they move on. I asked them how they were feeling about leaving and they’re sad. They’ve had a wonderful experience here and if you can talk to fifth graders who have been here for five or six years who are saying this is a great place, that’s a real testimony to this school.”
She stressed one component that continues to make Eastern Pulaski Elementary School a Four-Star school.
“One of the things that’s priority here is reading. If they have a delay, they still have their allotted minutes of reading everyday. I think stressing reading and trying to make every child successful at reading sets the foundation for their future success,” said Pence.
Eastern Pulaski Elementary School was the last school on Karen Pence’s regional school tour.
Principal Collins is proud of the work accomplished by the students and staff.
“What a nice honor for Governor Pence’s wife, Karen, to come spend the morning with our students and staff at Eastern Pulaski Elementary,” beamed Principal Collins. We couldn’t be prouder of our students in their achievement of being a four-star school and her willingness to come here into our facility,” Collins said.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman added that it was an honor that the First Lady was able to visit the school.
“Anytime we can highlight our school and our accomplishments we certainly want to do that,” said Dr. Klitzman. “We gave a tour of the whole building and had the opportunity to share some of the academic achievements we’ve made. I did share with her some of the safety features that we have in place in terms of allowing folks to get in in terms of security cameras, in terms of automatic locks by the flick of a button, and our safe zones. We have taken the steps to make our children, faculty and staff as safe as they can be at Eastern Pulaski,” Klitzman said.