Loving Lake Hamilton


Contrary to my typically sarcastic nature, the following statement is said in complete honesty.

Lake Hamilton Schools go above and beyond for their students and their families.

I understand their opening this morning as it wasn't even snowing in our area at 6 o'clock, and roads at 7:00 were barely dusted with snow.  Instead of claiming a free snow day that may or may not have been necessary, they made the decision to try to have school for as long as it was safe (less days to make up at the end of the year).  However, unforseen to many of us, the roads drastically changed between 7:30 and 8:00 and quickly became dangerous and slippery.

The schools at that time made the decision to let out at 9:00, which put me in a pickle because at 8:30 I was still stuck in traffic moving at approximately 1 mile every 10-15 minutes.  And I was about 13 miles away.

So 9:00 wasn't realistic to me which got me to worrying.  I hadn't discussed with Ty that in inclement weather his daycare would shut down, too, and he would need to be a car-rider and wait for me to pick him up.  And the schools lines would be out of this world crazy with upset parents.

So I called the daycare, who are awesome, too.  If you're in this area and need one, I'd totally recommend Chris and Mari Sutterfield's daycare, 123s and ABCs.  Chris informed me that the buses would run there and I could just come there to get Ty.

So when the principal of the primary school called me himself to verify if I needed Ty to ride the bus or wait on me, I told him Ty was fine to ride the bus as normal.

Except when I got to the daycare and the buses hadn't even left yet because they were waiting on the roads to improve before sending hundreds of precious kids out onto them.

So I called the school, verified that Ty hadn't left yet, and they whisked him up to the office to wait on my arrival at 10:15.

And as impressed as I always am with their genuinely friendly and attentive staff, I was even more impressed that they were unintrusively verifying that kids were leaving with who they were supposed to, at a time when many families were probably having whomever could get to the kids to swing by and pick them up.

So while the whole morning, starting at 7:25 when we left the house, and ending at 10:58 when we pulled into the garage, was a nightmare thanks to the weather.  But our incredible school and daycare went out of their way to keep it from being more of one than it had to be.

And to make it even better?  After Ty and I got home and into the warm safety of our house, I got another phone call from the school's automated call-out system just letting parents know that the bus-riders are all on their way home and assured parents that the buses are being carefully driven and may take a little longer than normal.

They didn't have to do it, but a little assurance can go a long way, and they did that.

I love Lake Hamilton Schools.
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.