A Message from the Principal…

Welcome to Parris South Elementary, the first Leader in Me Lighthouse School in the state of Tennessee. We have an outstanding faculty and staff that is committed to building a culture where students can demonstrate their leadership skills and achieve academic success. Our students live by our motto “Love to Learn, Live to Lead”. Working together with students, their families, and community members we can make a difference in our community, school and home.

Todd Harrison, Principal

Our Motto: “Love to Learn and Live to Lead” — A Leader in Me School

Parris South established itself as a Leader in Me School in 2012 as a commitment to teaching “The Seven Habits of a Highly Effective Person” and building a leadership environment for our students, parents and staff.  We strive every day to provide a strong balance of building the academic, physical, emotional and leadership potential of our students.  By partnering with parents, staff and our wonderful local community, we are proactively preparing our students for career readiness.

Leadership Starts Here

Our highly qualified staff members desire to educate the whole child through engaging in learning activities and personal connections with families. We take pride in our partnerships with local organizations to promote the Leader in Me Program and the desire parents have for their students to attend Parris South.  You can learn more about our Leader in Me program below or by visiting this link here

Discover Our Leader In Me Program

Quick Facts

Student Enrollment
Faculty Members
Support Staff
Year Founded
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Programs and Events

We provide and host plenty of programs and events throughout the year.

  • Back to School Parent Nights – Open House
  • Courier School Highlight Article
  • RTI2 Program and Enrichment Time
  • Strong Classroom Instruction
  • Schoolwide Health Screenings
  • Presidential Physical Fitness Program
  • Free Breakfast and Lunch Program
  • Free Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snacks Daily
  • Special Education Services
  • Honor Roll Assembly
  • Service Projects
  • After-School Program – Morning Tutoring and Afternoon Tutoring and Enrichment Activities
  • Lexia
  • IXL
  • iReady Math
  • 1:1 Student Technology
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School-wide Events


  • School Group Tours
  • Homecoming Parade
  • Go Gold for Childhood Cancer Event
  • Veterans’ Day Program
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Pink Out
  • Christmas Programs
  • Leadership Day
  • Book Fair Kick-Off Days
  • Fun-Filled Fitness Days
  • End of the Year Fun Day and Family Picnic
  • Spelling Bee
  • Our Daily Bread Food Drive
  • Graduation Day
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Field Trips

  • Farm Day
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Horse Creek Wildlife Days
  • Fun-Filled Fitness Days
  • Shiloh National Military Park
  • Memphis Zoo
  • Ivy Green
  • Duncan Tree Farm
  • Discovery Museum
  • Tennessee Street Park
  • Southgate Cinema
  • Savannah Bowling Center
  • Drama Productions
  • Leader in Me Schools
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  • World’s Finest Chocolate Bars
  • School and Pride Shirts
  • Harvest Festival Event
  • School Mall Program
  • BoxTops for Education
  • Book Fairs
  • School Pictures
  • Yearbook Sales
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Leader in Me Recognized School
Since 2012

Silver Award Recipient from Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Let’s Move. Active School Award


Hardin County Schools offers athletic programs at the Elementary grade level where we compete between our in-district schools. At Parris South, we offer 5th Grade Boys and Girls Basketball as well as 3rd through 5th Grade Bowling Teams.








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