East Texas districts wear Uvalde ISD colors to show support as they return to school

“To teach these kids how to love from afar and how to support from afar.”
Students at districts across the region and the state wore maroon to show support for Uvalde.
Published: Sep. 6, 2022 at 12:59 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 6, 2022 at 7:30 PM CDT
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EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - It was a somber first day of school for students in Uvalde today.

In May, a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School. With the new school year now here for Uvalde students, school districts from around the state and here in East Texas made a simple gesture to show their support: wearing Uvalde’s school color.

At Bullard High School, students wore maroon and created a heart on the football field to show support.

At Bullard High School, students wore maroon and created a heart on the football field to show support.

A student reached out to the associate principal once the school announced Maroon Day and asked if the students and staff could gather to show support together as a community on the field and create a heart.

Heart in support of Uvalde at Bullard High School
Heart in support of Uvalde at Bullard High School((Source: Bullard ISD))

At Jack Elementary in Tyler, students also wore maroon in support of Uvalde.

“We’re not there to hold their hands and pat their backs and be there physically, but we can show all the support we can by wearing their school color,” said Laura Boyd, counselor at Jack Elementary School.

And the biggest lesson today was out of the classroom.

“To teach these kids how to love from afar and how to support from afar,” Boyd said.

At Chapel Hill ISD, Wise Elementary Principal Cyndy Reagan said the staff reached out to the district to join the maroon movement.

“As you walk the halls and you see everybody wearing maroon today, it’s just very uplifting,” Reagan said. “It makes me very proud to be associated with a group of people who are so compassionate.”

Here is a list of area school districts that have announced support for the statewide show of solidarity:

  • Alto ISD
  • Apple Springs ISD
  • Arp ISD
  • Athens ISD
  • Brownsboro ISD
  • Bullard ISD
  • Caddo Mills ISD
  • Carthage ISD
  • Central Heights ISD
  • Chapel Hill ISD
  • Chester ISD
  • Corrigan-Camden ISD
  • Crockett ISD
  • Cross Roads ISD
  • Diboll ISD
  • Douglass ISD
  • Evadale ISD
  • Frankston ISD
  • Groveton ISD
  • Grace Community School (Tyler)
  • Grapeland ISD
  • Hallsville ISD
  • Hawkins ISD
  • Hemphill ISD
  • Henderson ISD
  • Hudson ISD
  • Huntington ISD
  • Jacksonville ISD
  • Jasper ISD
  • Kennard ISD
  • Kilgore ISD
  • La Poynor ISD
  • Lindale ISD
  • Livingston ISD
  • Lufkin ISD
  • Mabank ISD
  • Marshall ISD
  • Martinsville ISD
  • Mineola ISD
  • Mount Pleasant ISD
  • Newton ISD
  • North Hopkins ISD
  • Onalaska ISD
  • Slocum ISD
  • Spring Hill ISD
  • Sulphur Springs ISD
  • Sulphur Bluff ISD
  • Tatum ISD
  • Tyler ISD
  • Warren ISD
  • Westwood ISD
  • West Rusk ISD
  • Whitehouse ISD
  • Wills Point ISD
  • Winnsboro ISD
  • Woden ISD
  • Yantis ISD
  • Zavalla ISD