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NC First Lady Kristin Cooper Tours Rockingham Middle

N.C.'s First Lady Kristin Cooper gets into the groove with a Rockingham Middle School chorus class during a tour Thursday afternoon.
William R. Toler - Richmond Observer

ROCKINGHAM — North Carolina’s First Lady got a glimpse of Richmond County’s public education system Thursday as she toured Rockingham Middle School.

Kristin Cooper was led around the campus by Principal Theresa Gardner and Superintendent Dr. Cindy Goodman, making short stops in various classrooms while teachers instructed in language arts, social studies, math and music.

After visiting the old-school auditorium, the governor’s wife briefly joined the chorus class, singing, clapping and swaying her hips to the song.

Following a brief introduction, some teachers continued with their lessons while others let her ask the students a few questions about what they were learning.


She posed for photos at different spots throughout the school, both with Gardner and with a group of students.

Serving on Cooper’s Executive Protection Detail as they walked around the school was Eddie Sampson with the N.C. Highway Patrol. Sampson was based at the station in Hamlet before working security for the First Family and his daughter attends RMS.

Cooper has now visited about 57 of the state’s 100 counties. She said she wasn’t exactly sure because some visits have been cancelled the past two weeks because of Hurricane Florence. Her goal is to tour every county by the end of 2020


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