Mac El takes its show on the road
Educators visit students in their neighborhoods
Eric Stoff, email@example.com
Maconaquah Elementary School finished the third and final week of its annual back-to-school outreach event, “Mac El on the Road,” Monday afternoon at Eagle’s Pointe.
For several years, Mac El teachers, principals, and staff members have taken a few afternoons at the beginning of the school year to visit neighborhoods in the corporation’s service area. They bring hotdogs, water, and positive attitudes to connect with their students. Principal Kelly McPike said the event is a “low stress” event to build positive relationships with students and their families.
“Mac El on the Road is always a successful event, and it has become a tried and true activity for our school,” McPike said. “The premise is that teachers and staff have an opportunity to visit with students outside of school and, better yet, in their neighborhood or area in which they live.”
This year’s locations included McGrawsville United Methodist Church, the Bunker Hill Little League Park, and Shaw Park at Eagle’s Pointe.
“Our teachers understand that in order for us to get the best out of our students, they have to know that we care about them and are sincerely interested in their lives outside of school,” McPike said. She added that the event is an opportunity to “have fun and forget about the pressures” the students and educators face every day.
Fifth grade student Melanie Contreras said it meant a lot to see her teachers visit her neighborhood. She said it showed her “that they actually care.”
Melanie’s 2nd grade sister Kaily also enjoyed enjoyed Mac El on the Road Monday, and said more of their neighborhood friends were outside playing than a normal afternoon.
Misty McCullough and Rick Sexton were at Mac El on the Road Monday with their children. McCullough recently moved back to Eagle’s Pointe.
“I’ve never seen any other school do this, so it makes it more of a community than any other school,” she said.
“It gives us a chance to meet all the teachers and interact with them,” he said.
Cindy Goodpaster was at the event with her grandchildren. She said she thinks the event is a good idea, and she hopes it continues in the future.
“It makes the students more comfortable and the parents more comfortable when they do stuff like this,” she said.
McPike said weather cooperated this year, attendance has been good, and the school added McGrawsville United Methodist Church as a venue.
“We had been looking for a location on that side of the district that would be a good spot for us to have the event,” she said, extending thanks to McGrawsville UMC, Bunker Hill Little League, and Eagle’s Pointe for hosting the events.