Bob And Bess: You Can Learn A Lot From A Couple Of Byrneville Ducks

January 31, 2019

At Byrneville Elementary School, there’s a plenty of learning about reading, writing and math, and there’s a lot of learning from Bob and Bess.

Bob and Bess are a couple of ceramic ducks that sit in the hallway near the front door. Each and every school day, there is a message taped to each, usually a conversation between the duo.

“Gosh, Bess it really is cold this morning. I am glad that we live inside the school,” Bob’s message greeted Byrneville students on a freezing cold Wednesday morning.

“Me too, Bob. I don’t think it will stay this cold much longer, but the boys and girls need to be prepared if it does,” was the reply from Bess.

They’ve spread their messages for many years, thanks to Byrneville Principal Dee-Wolfe Sullivan. Bob and Bess are a Byrneville Braves tradition and are often a first stop for students arriving at school.

“If I had saved all the messages and stacked them up, they would probably reach up to here,” she said, holding her hand above her waist.

“The kids just really love them,” Sullivan said with a smile.

Pictured: Bob (top) and Bess (below) at Byrneville Elementary School Wednesday. photos, click to enlarge.


3 Responses to “Bob And Bess: You Can Learn A Lot From A Couple Of Byrneville Ducks”

  1. EMD on January 31st, 2019 10:45 am

    Sounds a lot nicer than my elementary school all those years ago. Students are blessed to have a good school and people that care about them.

  2. Shay on January 31st, 2019 9:34 am

    That is such an awesome thing to do and an even better memory for the kids. Bob and Bess, I sure hope you’re right about the weather. I need to get my garden started but have to thaw out first.

  3. Jackie Johnson on January 31st, 2019 8:03 am

    Very neat and unique idea. Good morning Bob and Bess and thank you Principal Dee-Wolfe Sullivan. My sister Neita Smith enjoyed working 33 years at Byrneville Elementary School as a Teachers Aide she loved all the students that passed through those doors and all of the Staff.

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