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Page 6C NEIGHBORS Hays Free Press May 8, 2013 + Third grade teacher Heather Russell kicks a ball into play during the Straight A Kickers' kickball game on Apd125. Straight A Kickers: Local teachers kicking it up Continued from pg. 1C Place your vote for a proven leader on Election Day reading, writing and math. They do not realize that you essentially have a multitude of titles for eight hours, such as a counselor, nurse, parent and finally teacher. We also are teaching how to tie shoes, blow noses, and occasionally cleaning up vomit." "It is a lot of work. With the multitudes of lesson plans teachers have on their desks at all times, it feels like your work is never done," said Da- nae Lancaster, teammate of Perez who also understands just how demanding the job can be. Stepping away from the classroom is a good outlet for the Kickers. Being able to work as a team, tallying outs and kicking the ball relives a tremendous amount of pres- sure, according to Dillard. "This is important, as it is a great outlet," said Dillard. "I am exercising and I have the motivation of peers, whether 1 know them or not. You also meet a lot of great people. It gives you an outlet to be social." Members of the team en- joy the fact that outlets such as kickball offer opportuni- ties to network with teach- ers and parents, without the constraints of the classroom, tary school affects middle "We are able to talk to school, and ultimately high other teachers, network, school. Just having the make new connections in the communication of what is district during these games," happening, especially with said Perez. "We wish we had STAAR testing is crucial. We more teacher teams, so we can have side conversations can have other competition." on what changes need to be Occasionally, the topic of made outside of the formal school spills onto the mani- setting." cured playing surface of the While the team was not softball field. Yet, the ability successful in their latest out- to talk about school top- ing, the ability to build cama- ics outside the educational raderie and have a great time forum is a welcome relief, proved to make the biggest "Just in our district, we difference. try to vertically align every- "Our goal is to be the fun thing," said Dillard, speak- team," said Perez. "We may ing of the style of teaching not be the best team in the within Hays CISD. "So, league, but we always have whatever we do in elemen- fun." Marley is a 2-year- old female Labrador Retriever. She loves to run around and play with other pups and playing fetch with toys! Marley definitely enjoys cuddle time as well. She is your typical, cute Labrador. Weezie is a 3-year- old female Domestic Shorthair/ Mix. Her unique color pattern is definately an eye catcher. She loves to cuddle, and would enjoy a home that will allow her to spend all day next to someone. PAWS Shelter and Humane Society is a non-profit, no-kill shelter operated primarily on donations and adoptions. 500 FM 150 E, Kyle, TX 512 268-1611 pawsshelter.org All animals are fully vaccinated, spay/neutered, microchipped and dewormed. sponsored by Town & COUNTRY VETERINARY HOSPITAL Bill Selman, DVM Kayley O'Toole, DVM Committed to your pet's health since 1978. 6300 FM 1327 (East ofi35 and Creedmoore) Austin, TX 78747 512-385-0486 www.TownandCountryVetHospital, com FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTHY LIVING FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY e o FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILAB.E Hays Communities YMCA Amenities NEW 2,000-sf Strength Training Center NEW 1800-sf Group Exercise Studio Redesigned Cardio Fitness Center Redesigned Spinning Studio Indoor Heated Lap Pool & Kid's Pool Hot Tub & Dry-Heat Sauna Outdoor Aquatic Playscape & Pavilion Baseball Basketball Flag Football Track 465 Buda Sportsplex Dr. near FM 967 & 1626 (512} 523-0099 AustinYMCA.org B~w m