Beep! Beep! Timber Creek Elementary Rolls Down the Street
TCE kicks off the new year with exciting community-wide hello
Aug. 28, 2018 — As a way to get students, families and the community pumped up for the new school year, Timber Creek Elementary’s (TCE) staff took a more creative approach — ride a bus through TCE neighborhoods to welcome back students. Fifth-grade teacher Brenda Small brought forth the idea of a “welcome-back bus” after seeing her nephew’s school in another district do something similar with great success.
“We decided, ‘Why not?’” TCE Principal Amy Acosta said. “I sent a quick email to Micah Brassfield (LISD Transportation Administrator), and she made it happen.”
From there, Small and fellow fifth-grade teacher Candi Blalack planned the event, which was held Aug. 13. Although the day turned out to be a stormy one, it didn’t stop TCE from moving full steam ahead with their plans. Luckily for TCE, the weather cleared up just before the evening’s event began. But, because the bus, which was dubbed the “TCE Energy Bus,” was running a little behind schedule, TCE staff traveled by foot to greet students and families at the neighboring apartment complexes. After getting picked up by the TCE Energy Bus, stops were made throughout neighborhoods zoned to the school, and teachers and staff cheered on and welcomed students and families back to school.
“It was really special because we also met some new students that evening,” Acosta said. “What a way to welcome them to our school community!"
Assistant principal Travis Miller even wore a tiger mascot headpiece after second-grade teacher Ashley Mondlock found one at Walmart that afternoon.
“Mr. Miller was a great sport and wore it as we got off the bus at neighborhood parks,” Acosta said. “The kiddos loved it!”
TCE plans to bring back the Energy Bus next school year with scheduled times and stops so families will know where to meet teachers and staff.
“The reception to the TCE Energy Bus was very warm,” Acosta said. “There were lots of smiles and hugs from students and parents alike.”
Timber Creek Elementary is a Flower Mound, Texas elementary school in the Lewisville Independent School District. Follow Timber Creek on Facebook and Twitter to see more student experiences throughout the school year or visit LISD.net for more information about our district.