Parent Group Provides Decorations for Students’ First Day Back
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Mattie Davis
Tuscaloosa City Schools students heading back to the classroom Monday were welcomed in style with a gift from the community.
Parents in the Tuscaloosa for Education Facebook group set their plans in motion after plans were approved for students’ return last week.
Group member April Coleman said that with the help of church members, business owners and others from the community they raised money and made decorations so every student and teacher would feel welcome back in the classroom.
“Some schools wanted back to school decorations and our heart was to be able to serve every school and have every student, every teacher returning today to feel supported and special so we just organized people,” Coleman said.
TCS District 1 School Board Member Matthew Wilson said the volunteers did a great job listening to the needs of their students.
“These parents and community members and churches have been phenomenal,” Wilson said. “I’ve said on countless times even though I was the no vote, it amazed me how when I talked about the need for water and those community members and church came together and asked “what are the needs?” ”
The group doesn’t plan to stop with this project.
“I think going forward we would love to see long-term partnerships emerge between our schools and then people who want to help,” Coleman said. “Just a matter of finding out what the needs are and then how can we come alongside those schools.”