Today is Allan Elementary's annual Wildflower Stomp, an activity that's new to me but it was so much fun and I'm glad I came to visit today.
Allan was originally built as a junior high school in 1957, replacing "Big Red," a red-bricked school from the 1920s, located downtown at 9th and Trinity Streets. Sadly this old building (which was also once Austin High School before its move to the Rio Grande campus, now ACC) burned down in 1956. "New" Allan was converted into the elementary school we have today in 1980.
This is Red Ribbon Week and, at Allan, counselor Cathey Reynolds leads this effort to discourage use of drugs and alcohol. This is an important message even for elementary students because it won't be too far off when they're faced with making some critical choices about using tobacco, alcohol, and drugs.
Our first stop was the parent resource room where Parent Support Specialist Josie Villareal was leading a discussion with a group of moms on grade-level reading and how to help their children improve reading skills.
Appropriately, the library was next where we met librarian Jane Scroggs. She said the library was expecting a full day with classes of kinder kids and first graders coming in for story time and to learn about using the facility. I liked seeing all the computers on the tables, just waiting for students to discover all they can learn using technology.
Our visit to Allan was just lovely. I had to leave after the Stomp. Thank you, Allan Bulldogs.
I can tell that you live up to your motto. A Bulldog: