By Naomi Hatch
“Last summer, my wife and I started taking walks in the cemetery and surrounding neighborhoods in Taylor,” Taylor Elementary School Principal Jeremy Hatch told those attending the March 13 Snowflake Unified School District Governing Board meeting.
He asked if others had visited the cemetery to see how beautiful the trees and grass are, noting, “It is very peaceful and is a wonderful place to honor those that have passed on before us.”
Hatch then explained that virtually all of that beauty was started because of volunteers. “The trees were planted many years ago by some of our town’s most respected forefathers,” he said. “The grass was planted by another great man, Bill Peters.
“Some might say that those times are dead and that you can’t do those types of things anymore,” said Hatch, who went on to honor community members who prove that these things are still happening, noting, “and can make a huge impact on our schools and community.
Hatch recalled that several weeks earlier Kobie Hatch came to him with concerns about the school parking lot and safety issues, noting the parking situation on the west side of the school is not ideal, “particularly during parent pick up.”
Jarom Hatch and his company, Hatch Industries, and three of his employees all have students at TES, and because of the offer by Kobie to make them a plate of cinnamon rolls, “these men donated their time, talents and materials to make our school parking lot look great!” said the principal. The crew put a new skim coat on, then painted parking spaces and crosswalks.
The team from Hatch Industries was acknowledged by the school board and thanked for their volunteerism. Each was given a ball cap as a small token of appreciation.
“They are a great example to us, and we appreciate who they are and what they do for our school,” said the principal.
By Naomi Hatch