Tyler Independent School District, together with the Tyler Council Parent Teacher Association (PTA), the city of Tyler, Brookshire’s, the Northeast Texas Public Health District, and the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Business-Education Council, will host #School is Cool on Thursday, August 14, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Harvey Convention Center. The event’s purpose is to provide an opportunity to connect students and parents with the tools they will need to have a successful academic year. Everything provided at #School is Cool is free of charge and includes immunizations, dental screenings, health and wellness information, college preparation information, after-school activity information, a school uniform fashion show, and much more. There will be free raffle drawings for backpacks stuffed with school supplies and other prizes along with the grand prize of a bicycle.
Brenda Stratton is serving on the #School is Cool committee, helping coordinate the event’s vendors and exhibitors. “#School is Cool is a citywide back-to-school event that students and parents cannot afford to miss,” Mrs. Stratton said. “Our city has really come together to make this event great and proving that Tyler understands the importance of making education a priority.”
A past president of the Tyler Council PTA, Mrs. Stratton is currently serving as the co-chair of the organization’s membership committee. She is the co-chair of the Robert E. Lee PTA campus beautification committee where she also served as the organization’s president. Mrs. Stratton is a member of the 2015 Tyler Cattle Barron’s Gala silent auction committee.
“I enjoy volunteering for any activity that promotes education, kindness to children, preserves our environment, or fights cancer; and I believe that compassion is the only way to happiness,” Mrs. Stratton said. “Every time I volunteer I feel like I gain more than I have given.”
Born in Joliet, Illinois, Mrs. Stratton has resided in our community for six years. She is a graduate of Washington High School in Joliet, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Mrs. Stratton is employed by Mortuary Lift Company in sales and marketing. She and her husband, Brett, have been married for 18 years and are the parents of five children, Steven Butschi, Tommy Butschi, Catherine Butschi, Spenser Stratton, and Claire Stratton.
“My husband and I love the people of Tyler and have found everyone to be very kind. Southern hospitality is truly a way of life here. Through volunteering, I have met many inspirational, dynamic, and engaging Tyler citizens,” Mrs. Stratton said.
For more information about #School is Cool, please visit www.schooliscooltyler.com, or call 903-592-1661, extension 252.