The annual Frisco ISD Council of PTAs Spirit Night with the Frisco RoughRiders began with weather alert sirens, but after a rain-soaked delay the RoughRiders staff rolled the tarp off of the baseball diamond, and the evening continued as originally planned – even as the temperature dropped into the 30s.
One of the highlights of the evening was focused on Garrett Howell, a sophomore at Wakeland High School, as he threw the first pitch accompanied by his teacher Warren Wheatley and Superintendent Mike Waldrip. Garrett had practiced with his teacher for several days prior to the event and his efforts really paid off as the ball flew out of his hand. He and his family enjoyed being special guests of the RoughRiders and the Council of PTAs. Garrett had his photo made with mascot, Teddy Roosevelt, and got to keep the baseball he pitched.
“Garrett did great,” Waldrip said. “We are really proud of him.”
This year’s Spirit Night was designed to honor all educators, said Council President, Melinda Samberson. The night featured FISD student groups such as the Reedy High School cheerleaders, the Liberty High School Red Rhythm Dance Team, several of the high school mascots, Ashley Elementary’s Rockin’ Ropers, and the Frisco ISD Elementary Honor Choir.
“Things got a little scary with the sirens, but we waited it out under cover and all the details came together for a fun night,” said Samberson. “I really want to thank Jennifer Coleman, the PTA Council Fundraising chair, for organizing a spectacular night. She has worked for months to make this a night where we could truly focus on our community and educators.”
The two schools, which won suites for campus staff to enjoy, were Rogers and Scott elementary schools.
“We love working with the RoughRiders and we love encouraging family engagement in our community. This is truly a great event that brings families and teachers together in an awesome space,” Samberson said.
Several of the FISD teachers who have been selected as campus Teacher of the Year nominees enjoyed getting to meet players, were escorted onto the field alongside the starting lineup, and had their names shown on the big screen. Frisco ISD is holding its first Teacher of the Year awards program this year and out of all the campus nominees, a panel of judges will choose an elementary and secondary Teacher of the Year this spring.
“Spirit Night is a Frisco ISD Council of PTAs' tradition that is a community night to honor those that work so hard to make our district so amazing, a night to encourage family engagement and bring our families together, and is an opportunity to highlight the partnership of PTA and Frisco ISD so we can truly #BacktheFuture,” Samberson said.