Parkview “Meet Your Teacher Night”

(BEDFORD) – Monday’s “Meet Your Teacher Night” was a huge success with a great turnout of parents and students. This school year will be the first year that the Parkview Schools now will be a Unified School with one principal and an assistant principal.

Students meet Ms. Broshears Monday evening at Parkview
Bedford Police K-9 Officer Jesse Crane shows Hattie Nelson (age 6) his K-9 partner

“It is exciting for the school year to begin, under one unified school. We consider ourselves fortunate to have the support of the community. And it is coming together to support the students,” said Theresa Lemons, Parkview School Principal under the unified school program.

Phil Tatom, a 28-year volunteer, came to the “Meet Your Teacher Night.” He is now retired.

Also on Monday evening Lowes Manager Derrick Johnson and Parkview Principal cut the ribbon for the new playground equipment. The playground equipment was donated by Lowes, Walmart, and the remaining cost was covered by the Parkview PTO. There will be a second playground unit constructed in the near future, according to Lemons.

Bedford Parks Department Susan Sokeland is a fitness instructor who worked with tonight’s attendee’s to promote physical exercise. There are several programs available during and after school for students to participate in. Contact the school for more information.

For many, this will be the very first day of school for their child. We talked with Parkview’s kindergarten teacher Rachael Broshears. She received a lot of hugs from new and former students Monday night as they passed her classroom.

Many attended, found their classroom and met with their teachers.

This will make her fourth year as a kindergarten teacher.

“I am excited about this school year,” she said. “I want to be a teacher that sets a great foundation for the education experience. Knowing that I will set the tone for them either liking or hating their education experience.”

Lowes, Walmart and the PTO all donated towards the new playground equipment at Parkview. Another playground unit will be built in the near future.

“Students are coming from different backgrounds and knowledge at first. By the end of the school year or actually, about January, they will be able to read from a book. It is amazing what a five-year-old and six-year-old can learn. Parents, especially with the first child going to school, may cry more than the child itself,” said Broshears.

Derrick Johnson from Lowes said, “We are excited to be a part of this project and dedicate this playground equipment. ” Lowes donated more than $5,000 towards this project. They were a part Monday’s ribbon cutting.

“I cannot wait to get started for the 2019-2020 school year. The students will develop skills on how to read, write, and build social skills,” according to Broshears.

Frankie Thompson and Andrew Chapman meet their teacher.

The “Meet Your Teacher” Night had other organizations that were represented with food, booths, and vendors to make the evening an exciting evening.

“We want to thank Indiana University, Lawrence County Boys & Girls Club, Bedford Public Library, Orbit Sports, Bedford Police Department, and Lowes; just to name a few of the organizations that supported tonight’s event,” said Principal Lemons.

“We want to remind parents that there are several programs they can take advantage of both during and following school,” she added.

To find out more information on those programs, you can contact the school.