Teachers show pride for students and community with Block Walk

August 27, 2015

A sea of bright blue t-shirts filled the neighborhoods near Ross MS, and Esparza, Linton, Martin, Powell, and Villarreal elementary schools as 500 teachers took to the streets for the fourth annual Community Block Walk.

The schools dubbed themselves “The Super Six” and have made it their mission to reach out to their students and families by traveling outside school walls. It has become a tradition for teachers at the six schools to spend their first morning back to work out in the neighborhoods.

“It is so important to build relationships with our communities, and there’s no better way to say we care than by knocking on doors and welcoming students and families back to another school year,” says Martin ES Principal Evelyn Cobarruvias.

“Our district theme this year is ‘I Am Northside Proud’ and I couldn’t be prouder of what you are doing today,” Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods told the teachers.  “I know all of you take pride in your students, in each other, and this community you serve. I applaud you for going out to where your students live and showing them that they matter to all of you.”

Teams of teachers drove or walked to houses and apartment complexes in their school attendance zones. They greeted families and distributed bags filled with back-to-school information so that students would be ready for the first day.

The principals at the schools (the elementary schools all feed into Ross MS) hope the Block Walk will increase student attendance and parental involvement and help strengthen the relationship between school staff and families.

Pictured are the principals of the “Super Six” schools, (from l-r) J.J. Perez, Linton ES; Lisa McConoghy, Ross MS; Evelyn Cobarruvias, Martin ES;  Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods; April Mata-Tausch, Villarreal ES; Priscilla Paul, Powell ES; and Billy Navin, Esparza ES.