Trailridge Elementary School celebrates 20 years in education

September 11, 2013 

Trailridge Elementary School PTA has been busy over the summer, according to PTA officials. This year, the school celebrates 20 years in education, and PTA members “went BIG to celebrate.”

“The focus at Trailridge has always been and will continue to be maximizing student achievement in a nurturing environment,” said Michelle Chick, PTA president at Trailridge. “To that end, beautification efforts inside our building have not been a focus, and PTA wanted to change that.”

With reading being a critical skill set, it is important that it be fun and engaging for children. To foster this, PTA members worked together to add a special area in the library just for kids to relax and read a book. PTA purchased two full-size chaise lounges, three fun ottomans and a colorful 8-foot-by-10-foot area rug that compliments the freshly painted room to create the perfect reading space.

“We believe the entire Trailridge staff is the backbone to student success,”

Chick added. “Without them, we, as parents, would be lost. They need a space to unwind, regroup and rejuvenate. The lounge area had not been touched in 20 years and an ‘Extreme Makeover’ was needed. Just like the TV show, we did this by partnering with local businesses within our community. And all those partners stepped up…in a huge way.”

The PTA team worked throughout the 2012-13 school year to secure donations for a staff lounge makeover.

“We were amazed with the response we received,” Chick said. “In no particular order, the following businesses played a key role making things happen by way of donations and/or support: Crowley Furniture, Home Depot,

Lowe’s, Certa Pro Painters, Shamrock Cabinets, Summit Custom Homes, Del’s Appliances Heating and Cooling, Habitat for Humanity Kansas City Restore, Mo-Kan Carpet, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Office Depot and Bledsoe Rentals.”

Parents from the school also made significant contributions.

“And from our Trailridge families – labors of love - with a hand-crafted buffet table and accessories, tear out of the old lounge, stained and lacquered cabinets, installation of mosaic backsplash, help with painting, and coordinating of resources, just to name a few,”

Chick added, “The Lee’s Summit School District and our custodial team offered amazing support. When we were met with a challenge, they stepped up by lending a hand.”

In all, more than 50 individuals contributed to the projects.

“The difference between the before and after is astounding”

Chick said. “We are thrilled with the results.”

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