EISD Supports Uvalde for Maroon Out Day

Elkhart ISD Supports Uvalde CISD for Maroon Out Day

Dr. Lamont Smith- Elkhart I.S.D. Superintendent

Editor Kenda Schattel 

At Elkhart ISD, we approached the first day of school with excitement as we were ready to see friends, co-workers and students. We were looking forward to reconnecting with our community while at the same time reviewing our safety protocols as we all expect our children to learn in a safe environment and be prepared for their future.

These were the same attitudes and beliefs the Uvalde Community held as well. Last May, nineteen students and two staff members did not get the chance to return home from school. The families of Uvalde now have scars from a deep wound that will never be erased. This tragedy has brought scrutiny to school safety programs across the nation with the hope of eliminating violent acts in schools. Each of our campuses has safety as a top priority and our students and staff continue to have conversations and take actions to maintain our safety. I challenge Anderson County citizens to report suspicious behaviors to campus and district administrators. 

We believe in community and unity and our hearts continue to go out to those families. Our team of educators realize Uvalde is starting school with a very different reality. We wanted to do our part and encourage Uvalde from afar. Wearing maroon today was just another way for us to say, #Wecare! 

The principals and I are touched by the outpouring of love and support that Elkhart students and educators have demonstrated. We realize our act of solidarity will not erase the pain and devastation experienced at Robb Elementary. However, it is Elkhart’s way of standing with Uvalde CISD as they returned to school.

Uvalde, you are not alone; we stand with you!