A group of Camden Elementary School students flanks Miss Mississippi Chelse Rick during a recent visit.
A group of Camden Elementary School students flanks Miss Mississippi Chelse Rick during a recent visit.
CAMDEN - The Camden Elementary School fourth graders got to a chance to perform their play "Mississippi, My Home" in front of a special guest on March 28. Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick, who was scheduled to visit the school earlier in the week, rescheduled and just happened to be there on the day of the play.

"We were very proud of our students," Camden Elementary principal Fannie Green said. "Traditionally, the fourth graders put on a play about Mississippi, and when she had to reschedule last week, we told her we'd love to have her come see the play, and she did."

Rick was only supposed to visit for 45 minutes to an hour, but stayed three and half hours visiting with kids and talking with teachers and faculty. One of her causes, the "War on Tar" (an anti-tobacco campaign) was especially appropriate for the fourth and fifth graders. The campaign for tobacco-free kids indicates that the peak years for kids trying their first cigarette is between six and seventh grades (or between the ages of 11-13).

Green also afforded Rick an opportunity to address the entire student body.

"She was awesome," the principal said. "She encouraged our students, and you could tell (the kids) were excited to have her on campus. We still have her advice ingrained in our heads: Be kind, be courageous and be yourself. That's the same traits we try to instill in our students over the course of the year."