Tommy Farmer, right, president of the Henderson Optimist Club, presented Vance County Schools Superintendent Cindy Bennett, left, with a copy of the Optimist pledge after Bennett addressed club members on Oct. 12.

HENDERSON — On Oct. 12, Cindy Bennett, superintendent of the Vance County Schools, met with the Henderson Optimist Club and shared some exciting information about the school district and the innovations that are currently in progress.

Bennett thanked the club for its support over the years, and asked for its continued support during the 2021-22 school year. She briefly shared her background experiences and made a connection to the Optimist Clubs of North Carolina in her early teaching career at Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, where the Optimist Clubs continue to support a cottage of students during their stay at the home.

Dr. Bennett provided the members with a brief overview of the district as it is configured with 16 schools, and explained the current status and future plans for the Center for Innovation, the former Henderson Middle School campus.

She offered the club an opportunity to tour the center and host a meeting there to become more acquainted with the opportunities the center can offer for the community at large. Bennett thanked the club for their positive impact on the community.

Tommy Farmer, Optimist Club president, thanked Bennett and presented her with the Optimist pledge.