Bryant Elementary School is in the process of teaching students about the history of the Bryant School District and the people who have shaped it.
The plan started by naming various hallways at the school in honor of people who worked at Bryant Elementary for 28 years or more.
The initiative continued when three Bryant graduates, William Wallace, Ronald Wallace and the late Kenneth Jones, were recognized for being the first African American students to graduate from Bryant High School as part of the Class of 1966.
As a lasting tribute to these pioneers, a sign will hang in the small cafeteria. The school recently hosted a reception for the men and their family members. Both William and Ronald Wallace were in attendance. Mr. Jones passed away in July; his family attended the event in his honor.
During the reception, BES principal Mark Scarlett mentioned that the Jones and Wallace families have been a huge part of the Saline County community. Both families have been lifelong Bryant residents with generations of students in the Bryant School District. “We are so proud these individuals are part of our Bryant family. They serve as examples of leadership, service and citizenship,” said Scarlett.
After graduating from Bryant High School, William Wallace and Kenneth Jones served in the Vietnam War. Jones was a dual award recipient, receiving a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
Along with the reception, the men were recognized at Hornet Stadium when Bryant football took on the Fayetteville Bulldogs.