Students head back to school
Prosper Fire Department helped welcome students, parents, and staff back to school on Wednesday, August 11.
Five trucks and crews were positioned across the Town to remind commuters that there was an increase in traffic around schools as parents and students entered the building. Crews waved at students and held signs that read, “Please drive slow, school is back in session.”
Fire Fighter Lee Marshall explained the thought behind greeting the students. “We come out to welcome the kids back to school,” Marshall said. “We have a hometown feeling here in Prosper. We want to let them know that we support the community. We support the kids and we want to welcome them back to their learning. We want to remind people that there are children walking to school, so there is pedestrian traffic that we did not have over the summer. We want people to slow down, keep their head on the swivel, so we can avoid accidents. We want these children to have a safe school year.”
Principal Natalie Gasmire of Cockrell Elementary appreciated the fire fighters being part of the back to school celebration. “At Cockrell Elementary we come together as a community of educators, families, and learners to write the stories of champions,” Gasmire says on the school website. “Relationships and connections lie in the center of how we operate, and learning happens through our commitment to those intentional relationships. We are better together, and because of the strength of the team, we write the stories of champions.”
Cockrell Elementary also blasted dance music, had staff greeting students, and offered fun locations for photographs before the students entered the classroom. Students were excited to join their peers inside the school building. Cockrell Elementary is located at 1075 Escalante Trail in Prosper.