|Haylee Hunt shares her vision of tolerance, acceptance|
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Miss Greater Franklin County Haylee Hunt visited Snow Creek Elementary last week to read (above) and speak to the students about tolerance.
Monday, January 27, 2014
By STEPHANIE COOK - Special to the News-Post
Miss Greater Franklin County Haylee Hunt visited Snow Creek Elementary last Friday to read to the students and to share her platform "Everyone FITTs" (Fighting Injustice Through Tolerance).
"I hope to encourage everyone to embrace the things that make them unique," Hunt said. "We are all different. As titleholder for Franklin County, I want to express the importance of loving who you are, no matter who that is, and not being afraid to put yourself out there."
Hunt read the book "Sophia the First" to students in each grade, spoke to them about loving themselves and others in spite of differences and then answered their questions.
Hunt, 19, has been serving as Miss Greater Franklin County since October 2013. The daughter of Keith and Debbie Hunt of Penhook, Haylee is majoring in biology at Radford University.
While Hunt said her platform is important for all ages, she is particularly important to start teaching acceptance of self and others during elementary school.
"If you teach what I and others should believe at an early age, we have a higher chance of them carrying and practicing their beliefs throughout their lives," Hunt said.
Hunt plans to continue her service in Franklin County by speaking at other Franklin County schools.
She would also like to plan a "Mr. Eagle pageant," an all male pageant at Franklin County High School, on March 15. Hunt encourages residents to come out and support the pageant.
"Some of the proceeds will be going to the contestants in the pageant, some will go towards sending me to the Miss Virginia pageant in June, and some will go to the Children's Miracle Network," she said.
Those interested in having Hunt as a speaker at an upcoming event can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I was born and raised here, and it has always been a goal and dream of mine to make Franklin County proud," said Hunt. "Be sure to follow my journey to Miss Virginia."