Tadlock Elementary School

Tadlock Kindergartners Receive Handwritten Notes from Seniors

Sep 14, 2016

In the era of digital communication, some very lucky kindergarten students experienced the old-fashioned thrill of receiving a handwritten note in a sealed envelope.

A delegation of Mustang Creek Estates residents visited Tadlock Elementary kindergarten classes during the second week of school with stacks of envelopes to distribute to the new students.

“Is it an invitation?” asked one young man excitedly bouncing up and down.

The note was not an invitation, but as the students opened the cards they quickly began identifying letters and sounding out some of the simple words.

The senior citizens at Mustang Creek, an assisted living community that partners with Tadlock, had written some simple phrases for students to help them start the school year off right.

The notes encouraged students to “make a new friend” and “smile” and others offered wishes for a wonderful and awesome coming year. The delivery team also took time to read with students, visit and discover what these new kindergartners love about school – the top contenders in one class being recess, math and Play Dough.

The partnership between Mustang Creek Estates and Polly Tadlock Elementary School continues to grow and develop to the delight of both the senior citizens who reside at Mustang Creek and the students at Tadlock Elementary. It is especially nice for residents and students who do not have grandchildren or grandparents in the area.

“We love our friends at Mustang Creek,” said Principal Kellie Rapp. “They helped us celebrate Dr. Seuss Day, they’ve visited with our teachers, and now they are welcoming the kindergarten students.”

She noted that the students had an opportunity to practice good manners with their guests as they took turns listening, answering questions and saying thank you for the kind letters.  

Frisco ISD encourages senior citizens to volunteer with students, whether through their senior residences or as individuals. Cross-generational experiences help children learn more about their world.

Seniors interested in working with one of FISD’s campuses may contact Audrey Adkins at adkinsa@Friscoisd.org or 469.633.6866.