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Saturday’s coverage for Richmond County Daily Journal staff proved that work doesn’t always have to seem like — well, work.

Rockingham Middle School Principal Julian Carter showed that the field of education, too, can be something other than “all work and no play.” Carter, through Mari Bennett and staff at LMO Paradise Rentals, led some two dozen fellow administrators and teachers along the 3.67-mile stretch of Hitchcock Creek from Roberdel access point to Steele Street trailhead.

The trip was important for more than staff development. It doubled as a recruiting trip for two college students who both are considering Richmond County Schools for employment this fall. The students’ four-day tour, including Saturday’s kayak trip and picnic, served as a first impression for Shippensburg (Pa.) University students Laura Hoyer and Kristin Keiser.

There’s little doubt, based on the reactions of both recruits and their interactions with current school system teachers and administrators that the trip served as a positive first impression of Richmond County.

Both spoke about the friendliness of the people here, and that says an awful lot about who we are and how Richmond County welcomes visitors — be it for a weekend, a week or a lifetime.

The benefits of Saturday’s journey are nearly incalculable, as well, for existing staff. They now see Carter and others as more than suit-and-tie administrators or educators but people, too, who together help to maintain a quality of life that others want. And the new found comfort younger teachers now have with others in the field across the county … networking is an invaluable tool. It’s always nice to have the ear of someone who’s experienced some of the same things.

What these educators are doing, on a daily basis, is laying the foundation for Richmond County’s future and the quality of life not only for themselves, but their children, and our children, as well. Hopefully some of the stories and photos of Saturday’s adventure will make their way into a classroom to inspire the next generation.

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