For the Hayes family, supporting teachers at Clarkston Elementary School as they prepare for the new school year is as easy as walking across the street. And Clarkston teachers do just that as they literally walk across the street to the Hayes’ driveway for soft drinks and refreshments handed out by all five Hayes children.
“Last year, we had a child in each grade at Clarkston, kindergarten through fifth,” Christie Hayes said. “We love living across from the school, being involved in school activities and showing our support for teachers. This is our second year doing this and we just love it.”
This year the Hayes family was also joined by the Roeland family, who live two houses down. They also have five children in Tyler ISD schools, three at Clarkston and two at Robert E. Lee High School.
Clarkston Principal Gretchen Nabi says the fun event exemplifies the tremendous support Clarkston receives from parents and the community each year.
“One of our campus goals is to continue our focus on building family and student relationships,” Ms. Nabi said. “Research routinely shows that building these relationships correlate with student success, and we are certainly seeing positive results.”
“My youngest is in first grade and hers (Ms. Roeland) is in kindergarten,” Ms. Hayes said. “So I guess we will be doing this for a few more years at least. It is a lot of fun and the children really enjoy it.”