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Lyford CISD teachers redesign school's water tower

At Lyford Independent School District, two teachers took time away from prepping for the school year to give part of their campus a makeover.

In schools across the Valley, educators can play different roles outside the classroom.

At Lyford Independent School District, two teachers took time away from prepping for the school year to give part of their campus a makeover.

Lisa Lancaster and Geronimo Perez, both art teachers and coaches with the district, spent afternoons painting the water tower just off the road leading to Lyford CISD — what the community considers to be the face of the school.

For five days, the duo spent at least five hours a day after practice and tournaments to give new life to a piece of art that hadn't been touched up since at least the 1970's.

And in small towns, juggling various responsibilities is typically the norm.

"It’s a little bit of a hectic schedule, we’re dealing with not only our teaching positions but also extracurricular activities — going on field trips, being chaperones, helping out with teams that are not so much our own," Lancaster said.

Lancaster says the community was initially confused when the tower was painted completely white — covering the school's mascot but after a couple days, it was back to its former glory.

"The more feedback we got from the community it just kept us pushing through the late nights, coming after practice, staying late hours...," Lancaster says.

The old logo made a reappearance, this time in front of a flag that Lyford officials say pays respect to their reputation as a patriotic school.

"We stuck to the old bulldog, a little bit of old school, a little bit of new school, but it came out really well in the end," Lancaster says.

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