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Elliott and Tadlock Elementary Schools Dedicated (September, 2008)


Lois Cates speaksformer students of Edris Elliott are recognizedFrisco ISD dedicated two new elementary schools Sunday - Edris Childres Elliott Elementary and Polly Tadlock Elementary. Both dedications were a time for remembering and honoring two Frisco teachers who are still touching the lives of their students.

Lois Cates, former student and friend of the late Edris Elliott, remembered the words of her former teacher to young women she sponsored on the pep squad, admonishing them to be mindful of their actions at all times because they didn’t know what little girl was watching them and wanting to grow up to be just like them.

Sam Elliott and Donna Elliott Bright were on hand to remember their mother. Donna Bright read a letter written by her grandmother in 1946 about a trip to visit her daughter Edris. The letter brought to life the world of small-town Frisco, football and the role a home economics teacher and pep squad sponsor played in making it all special. The letter included a reference to Mrs. Elliott taking her parents to visit nearby McKinney.

Many of Mrs. Elliott’s former students were present at the dedication of the new school which is located at 3721 Hudson Crossing in McKinney. Principal Susan Murphy presented the Elliott family with framed photos of the school and gift bags, which include Elliott shirts that feature an elegant letter E and a heart.

Polly Tadlock thanks audience

And even more former students were on hand to remember Polly Tadlock, who taught at Acker and Rogers Elementary Schools for most of her teaching career. Tadlock’s large family praised this loving mother and grandmother for her dedication to family and to her community. Former student and family friend Barry Davis, observed that Mrs. Tadlock has always been a servant leader – in the classroom, within her family and in her church. Davis spent much of his childhood at the Tadlock home and says he doesn’t recall Polly Tadlock “ever” sitting down to dinner because she was always up cooking and serving everyone else.

 Tadlock’s granddaughters shared a poem written in her honor and read messages from Governor Rick Perry and President George W. Bush. A representative of Congressman Michael Burgess announced that an acknowledgement of Tadlock’s contributions was read into the Congressional Record.

Polly Tadlock was surprised and honored at many of the things said about her Sunday. “Thank you, Thank you, Thank you,” she said, noting that a simple “thank you” was not enough. She recalled that in her classroom, the class motto was “Do your Best” and added that she knows the teachers at Tadlock will do their best because of their motto, “Building Dreams, One Child at a Time.”

Tadlock scout troop presents colorsTadlock Elementary is located at 12515 Godfrey Drive in Frisco. Principal Kellie Rapp said that Mrs. Tadlock’s presence at the school the first day was influential in setting a positive tone for the school. Mrs. Elliott’s children were also present at Elliott Elementary for the first day of school.

FISD will dedicate two more schools, Scoggins Middle School, 7070 Stacy Road, and Stafford Middle School, 2288 Little River, Sunday September 21 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.