As the 2019-2020 school year rolls full steam ahead in the Aledo School District, the community continues its unwavering commitment to education.

Mary Jean “MJ” Bentley is a resident whose children attend Walsh Elementary. She moved her family to the community specifically for the educational programs the school district has to offer. Bentley was a part of a board selected by the principal that included teachers as well as parents to help develop an all-encompassing curriculum.

“The teachers, principal, as well as the curriculum and how it’s implemented are at the highest levels,” says Bentley. “They don’t just treat every kid the same, they teach every child in a way that they are able to learn. Hands down, the schools’ forward thinking is one of the best in the United States.”

Right before school started, Walsh Elementary School saw great participation from members of our community at its Chalk the Walk event. Each year, families and friends of students gather to write encouraging messages throughout the campus. We were thrilled to participate by showing support for our neighborhood students as they kicked off the 2019-2020 academic year.

“It’s tremendous for a child to feel they have a purpose,” says Bentley of Chalk the Walk. “They are creating an atmosphere to instill positive thinking, encouragement, and giving our children confidence as they move forward in life.”

Outside of the classroom, we provide spaces within our community designed to enhance the exemplary academics of our school district. Our multidisciplinary Makerspace has become a common gathering place for the young and the young at heart. Here, students of all ages are encouraged to explore their creativity, interests and talents through hands-on “tinkering.”

“Not only do you have the Makerspace that promotes traditional learning like home economics,” says Bentley. “But Walsh also has outdoor activities that promote a healthier child overall.”

We believe in student engagement, using both organic and technology-driven environments to encourage collaboration and independent thought.  We’ve developed programs where young students are able to maneuver through their curiosities with interactive activities and workshops. From Lego walls to sewing machines and 3D printers, our community continues to welcome an atmosphere of adventure, and most importantly, of learning.