Terrell Wells’ block walk prepares students for new school year

Terrell Wells Middle School administrators and teachers participated in the school’s first annual block walk on Aug. 24.

The entire school staff, dressed in their bright purple school T-shirts, went door-to-door to visit 220 houses to help families get ready for the first day of school.  

“The goal of today is to welcome the students back, provide them with any resources that they need, and try to reduce those barriers that sometimes prevent them from coming on the first day of school,” Terrell Wells Principal Jessie Gipprich said.

After meeting in the school’s library in the morning, the principals and teachers were divided into teams of four or five to drive or walk to the houses in their school attendance zones. During each visit, they provided important information regarding back-to-school procedures and answered questions regarding immunizations, school supplies and registration.

Families also received a bag filled with school supplies prepared by AVANCE-San Antonio, which brought many smiles to the students’ faces.

“We are handing out bags with binders, dividers, spirals, pens and pencils to help those students get started,” Gipprich added.

Ultimately, she hopes the block walk will build and strengthen relationships with parents and students as they begin the new school year.

“I’m excited! This block walk is important because it allows us to reach out to parents and students ahead of time and start developing positive relationships,” Gipprich concluded.

Terrel Wells' block walk

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