Catalayah says ‘thank you’ to education partner Pelco Structural
Mark Friedel Staff Reporter
Catalayah Elementary School teachers and students hosted a Wednesday morning “Rise and Shine” ceremony for education partner Pelco Structural, LLC.
Each grade level (pre-k through fifth grade) performed a song dedicated to Pelco for their commitment to education. During the presentation, Principal Kellye Shuck presented Pelco Structural President Phil Albert with a certificate of appreciation for his support.
Albert said that communities and schools are a reflection of leadership.
“You have great leadership in your mayor, school superintendent, school foundation and your principal Mrs. Shuck. I am very honored to be here, and Pelco is very honored to be your partner this year.”
Following the presentation, Pelco and honored guests were invited to a “Rise and Shine” reception, complete with a full breakfast.
The private partnership was announced at the beginning of the school year during a back to school breakfast for teachers and staff, hosted by Pelco.
“I had visited with Mr. Albert a couple of years ago and we have kept in touch. After we made Great Expectations Model status last year, over the summer I wanted to take it a step further by getting the community involved,” said Shuck. “Community involvement is important, and his company has been such a blessing to our school.”
So far this year, Pelco has provided school supplies for Catalayah classrooms, ensuring that students have the necessary tools to be successful.
In addition to supplies, Pelco has purchased wristbands for students to wear in support of drug free week next month, and will also purchase birthday cakes for the staff throughout the year, said Shuck.
“It’s the little things that mean so much to our students and our teachers, and our staff members feel appreciated by the community,” she said. “I’m hoping that this will cause other community leaders to start to adopt and become partners with other schools in Claremore.”