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Lining the hallways at Hackberry Elementary were students of every grade level wielding hand-made signs with a word of thanks and chanting, "CoServ!" The recipients of those thank you notes were the six CoServ representatives who came to the campus thinking they were having a catered lunch. They were surprised to see it was much more than that.
"My heart sunk when I saw all the kids in the hallway" said Lauren Baccus, community relations specialist for CoServ.
Randy Copeland, energy education technician, Justin Porterfield, energy education technician, Jason Cochran, energy engineering technician, Whitney Gohlke, academic initiative senior specialist, and Jenneifer Ebert, community relations specialist, were all recipients of high-fives and many thanks.
Hackberry and Oak Point Elementary schools were both adopted by CoServ two years ago, through its Adopt-A-School Program. CoServ plans to adopt Hackberry for the 2018-2019 school year.
"When we set on a journey to change this place, we knew we wanted to create a place for students to be imaginative and creative. They could walk in and be engaged and excited about learning," said Stephen Richardson, principal. "We were excited about this partnership because they were able to help us make this (makerspace) happen. It was really our kids that were the beneficiary and they wanted to be the ones to thank them," said Richardson.
CoServ's Adopt-A-School program is designed to encourage and inspire educators and students at elementary schools within the service territory. In 2016, CoServ expanded the program to include six elementary schools for participation in the program. Schools are evaluated by a committee every year to determine eligibility.
Watch the Video: Thank You to CoServ