Families at Jim Stone Elementary School came to school last night to meet their new teachers, as well as see a brand new track area for their students. The school held a “Back to School Bash” for families Thursday night, August 13th. Students were able to drop off school supplies and meet teachers and staff inside the building, before heading out to the playground and track area for all sorts of fun.
Jim Stone Principal Mark Lewis says the school’s PTO wanted to do something a little different to celebrate back to school this year.
“We wanted to get families together to just spend time visiting and getting to know each other,” Lewis said. "It’s important to develop a strong and positive school culture right from the start…and the bash was the perfect way to do that!"
On the playground area, students, parents, and teachers enjoyed free hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, cookies, and drinks, sponsored by Cisco and Express Employment Services. Kona Ice was on hand to sell frozen treats. The kids played on the playground and watched magician Derek Rose perform.
KTHV’s Craig O’Neal broadcast live from the school and joined leaders from Baptist Health for the highlight of the evening--a topping off ceremony for the school’s new track and field.
"We are grateful to Baptist for their partnership in this important project that will make such a difference for our kids,” said Lewis. "We haven’t been able to use the field, or much of our track, for the last several years, and it is going to be so fun for our kids to run and play out here this year."
Students and volunteer coaches from the Jim Stone Running Club placed the first shovels of asphalt onto the new track. Baptist Health’s generous donation will cap off this Conway Public Schools' project enabling our kids to once again be able to utilize the track and field.
“The new track is going to be awesome!” said PE Teacher Laurel Breashears…."I am so excited to get to be outside on the track this year!”
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