August 3, 2019–11:19 a.m.
The annual RHS Red Carpet Rollout is an event held on the first day of classes at the high school where community members, educators, school administrators, and RCS Board members, and parents line a red carpet to cheer for the Wolves as they enter the building.
Joining in were the Rome High cheerleaders and the drum line from the Sound of the Seven Hills, making the first day of school more of a pep rally than just another start to the year. And speaking of a pep rally, Dr. Eric Holland who serves as the RHS Principal, invited everyone to join the student body in the gymnasium for a pep rally that rivals game days.
“We want our students to know that we love them,” Dr. Holland said after he stood at the school doors and high-fived every single one of the Wolves in his Pack. “We are excited for them to be back in our classrooms and we have done a lot of work in preparation for their return. We have really cleaned up the hallways, and we are continuing to provide a safe environment for them to learn. We have also hired 34 of the best teachers we could find in the State of Georgia. Once again, we want our students to know that Rome High School is here to stand behind you, in front of you and beside you. It is a blessing for us to be able to shape the lives of our children. Our faculty and staff are honeymoon happy and peacock proud today.”
Chief Downer-McKinney, Rome City’s Chief of Police, offered her support for RHS and she said that the Red and Vegas Gold runs deep and RCS is a large part of her connection to the community she serves.
“I have been associated with the Rome City Schools system for a very long time,” Chief McKinney said. ” I was a D.A.R.E. officer, and I taught drug and alcohol prevention in our elementary schools. We have since started our school resource offer program, so we work closely with the system to keep schools safe. And I have children who have attended Rome City Schools. This is an exciting time to start learning and sharing memories with their classmates. These children are really flourishing, and it is good for our entire community to get together to say we support them and lift them up.”
“I am so excited to start my senior year,” said Allyson Robbins as she walked the red carpet for the very last time as a student. “I really love being in the RHS Band and my color guard family. I am also excited to find out what college I will get accepted to, and I’m looking forward to enjoying everything that comes with being a senior.”
Robbins is ready to see what this year holds, but she does not want to rush her time in a school that has become a part of her family. “My teachers have really been great and they mean so much to me. I was hired for my first job because Coach (Joey) Powers helped me to complete a certification I needed to become a lifeguard. I know that I am ready for whatever comes this year, and the next, because of the foundation I have from Rome City Schools. I am forever grateful for all they have helped me to achieve.”