New clubs, projects scheduled at Parrish Elementary

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 9/26/17

PARRISH — Parrish Elementary School has added some new clubs this school year in an effort to boost student involvement.

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New clubs, projects scheduled at Parrish Elementary


PARRISH — Parrish Elementary School has added some new clubs this school year in an effort to boost student involvement.

Parrish Elementary Principal Thomas Kyzer said the school’s Beta Club, for students with high academic achievement, has been one of the only clubs at the school for many years. When Kyzer became the new principal of Parrish this year, he vowed to change the student culture in a positive way by creating clubs that kids would enjoy.

The school now has an art club, choir group, outdoor club, student council, Tornado TV and the Shining Stars Girls Club for students in Grades 3-6.

Kyzer said the art and outdoor clubs have proven to be the most popular, with nearly 40 students in each club.

He said the outdoor club will give students an opportunity to help maintain school grounds.

“We’re going to be working on the grounds of the school and keeping the campus looking good. We’re also going to have people come in and talk to them about fishing and hunting, and those types of things,” Kyzer said.

Students in the Tornado TV group host a morning show for students to tell school news to their peers.

“The students are anchors and reporters, and we’re actually taking a trip over to Fox 6 (Sept.) 29th with them to see what really happens [behind the scenes],” Kyzer said.

The school’s new choir group is set to host a Christmas program and end-of-the-year performance next May.

Kyzer said all club meetings will be held twice each month during school hours, in order for more students to participate.

Aside from new clubs at the school, improvements to the school’s campus are ongoing. The Walker County Board of Education recently funded a landscaping project to enhance the aesthetic around school grounds, and state Rep. Tim Wadsworth, R-Arley, has funded banners that will be placed around the school.

“These are fabric banners like you see on a university campus,” Kyzer said. “All this metal on the front of the school, all the beams and posts are going to be painted with fresh paint, and then we’ll have those banners hanging.”

As part of the board of education’s 5-year capital plan, the school will also receive a new roof and gym floor in 2018 and 2019.

“We have those projects taking place to increase school pride,” Kyzer said. “I want them to have a nice place to come, a nice learning environment. They’re here with us a lot.”

Kyzer is also happy that enrollment has increased at the school, in part due to a new Pre-K classroom. He said he hopes to have a second Pre-K classroom at the school next year, and would like to see enrollment continue to increase.

“This is a really good school. ... There’s good things taking place,” he said.