Kenneth Harvill, Jessica Tom speak at Little Acorn Study Club
by Joyce Kerr
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The Little Acorn Study Club met in the Media Room of our Three Rivers Dairy Queen, March 17, Three Rivers, at 4 p.m. We had 11 members and three guests. President Norma Newport opened our meeting then turned the meeting over to Program Director Mrs. Glynda Matthews.

Program Director Mrs. Matthews introduced our Guest Speaker Mr. Kenneth Harvill. Mr. Harvill was born and raised in East Texas. He is a fifth generation East Texan. His ancestors came in from Galveston, by ship and settled north of Beaumont in 1863. Mr. Harvill relayed a story about his parents watching the Lawrence Welk Show every Saturday night! That also encouraged him to study music. He told the study group that as a child he had a music teacher that took him under his wing and taught him music. This is why he teaches music and in smaller school districts.

He earned his B.A. in music education from Marshall, TX East Texas Baptist University and he is also a licensed Music Minister. Kenneth Harvill is a member of the First Baptist Church, Three Rivers and a member of the choir. He is also presenting the Easter cantata on April 17 at 6 p.m., in the First Baptist Church. Everyone in our community is encouraged to attend. Mr. Harvill has taught music for 13 years and is enjoying his time with his students here at Three Rivers ISD. He spoke very highly of his assistant, Roberta Rios of Mathis. Prior coming to Three Rivers he taught at Colmesnell School District for five years and before that, at Buffalo School District. He wants to re-enforce music basics, improved communication and increase participation in UIL Band, Solo and Ensemble. The students had pre-UIL Contest on March 16. He took six to Solo contest and four made one’s. They will participate in UIL on April 13th for concert and sight reading.

Mr. Harvill has one son, Sam, who lives in Missouri and a six year old granddaughter who is in the first grade. He was expecting them any time to visit.

Mr. Harvill is a very personable person and the ladies in the Study Club asked him questions and he was very gracious to answer each and every question.

We had Mrs. Jessica Tom of Campbellton, to speak to the Little Acorn Study Club. Mrs. Tom is a teacher in the Three Rivers ISD and the National Honor Society advisor this year. She has many projects scheduled for the NHS students. Our club will host the National Honor Society meeting on May 4, in the Student Activity Center at TRISD.

Our hostesses for this month were Mrs. Glynda Matthews and Ms. Lillie Mae Wieding. We were greeted with a St. Patrick’s Day theme, 2 types of sandwiches, cookies, nuts and their choice of drink from our Dairy Queen.

Next month our guest speaker will be Sheriff Larry R. Busby and he will be speaking on the border security of South Texas.
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