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Stafford Middle School Honors Legacy of School Namesake

Apr 12, 2019

Students and staff at Stafford Middle School recently found many ways – big and small – to make a difference in the lives of others.

The second annual Serve Like Sue Day encouraged students and staff to perform acts of service and kindness similar to those their school namesake might have done.

The campus is named for Sue Wilson Stafford, a beloved Frisco ISD teacher who passed away in 2017 after 48 years with the District. Stafford was known for her kindness, generosity and support for children and people in need.

Stafford’s children came up with the idea for Serve Like Sue Day as a way of honoring their mom and encouraging others to live out her legacy. The event coincides with Stafford’s birthday, April 4.

At Stafford Middle School, students and staff:

  • Collected donations to support people in need
  • Wrote letters of appreciation and encouragement
  • Served food to staff and parents
  • Pitched in to clean and beautify the campus
  • And much more!

The school’s Service Committee, including teacher Shannon Smith, coordinated the efforts.

“The kids had a blast,” Smith said. “It’s nice to see them so engrossed in doing acts of kindness. They got to see some of the recipients of their efforts and experience how it benefited them firsthand.”

Serve Like Sue Day also inspired numerous projects and activities at other FISD schools – including Scott Elementary, Lawler Middle School and Wakeland High School – and at other schools across the area.

The Frisco ISD Board of Trustees adopted a resolution at its April Board meeting designating April 2019 as Serve Like Sue month.

Social and emotional learning is an important component of Frisco ISD’s efforts to build future-ready students and meet the needs of the whole child. The District actively encourages students to serve their local and global communities through actions that positively impact society.

Search #ServeLikeSue or #4You4Sue on social media to see more great works inspired by Stafford’s legacy.

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