Nonprofit Spotlight: Midway Park Elementary | Atmos Energy

Nonprofit Spotlight: Midway Park Elementary

Nonprofit Spotlight
July 5, 2022

Midway Park Elementary in Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District (HEB ISD) provides a child-centered educational environment which fosters a lifelong love of learning, enables the achievement of personal fulfillment, and produces responsible citizens.

With approximately 650 students, Midway Park Elementary is one of 21 elementary schools in HEB ISD that serve grades pre-kindergarten through sixth.

“We adopted Midway Park Elementary in the 2015-2016 school year. Our operations team evaluated schools in our service area with a large customer base and looked for a school that had the most need for our support,” said Kelly Biegler, Atmos Energy vice president of public affairs. “Midway Park Elementary was selected by our team as the perfect opportunity to focus on Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities in Hurst, Euless, and Bedford through their Adopt-A-School program.”

Adopt-A-School is a partnership opportunity for corporations, small businesses, civic groups, churches, and community members to volunteer and support quality education for Midway Park students.

“We're open to almost any gifts or services an organization can provide,” said Katie Killip, HEB ISD Adopt-A-School coordinator. “Like Atmos Energy, many adopters ask about our current needs and then pick an item or task that fits their group. From guest speakers to school supplies to teacher rewards, we are thankful for the generosity of our community partners.”

Focused on Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities at Midway Park Elementary by showing appreciation to teachers, offering nutritious meals, and providing resources to help children read at grade level by third grade, Atmos Energy’s Mid-Tex team has:

  • provided support for teacher appreciation, such as lunches, gift cards, and snacks.
  • grilled for the sixth-grade graduation celebration picnic and provided lunch annually.
  • grilled and provided dinner for parent engagement nights to help increase family participation.
  • provided a $12,000 donation to support literacy outreach efforts.
  • provided welcome books and kits to families in a multitude of languages that are reflective of the families the school serves.
  • donated a book vending machine and stocked it with hundreds of books.
  • donated Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities water bottles to all students each year.
  • donated $4,000 worth of school supplies and held a school supply drive to further support student needs.
  • donated bags of candy for the school’s annual Fall Festival.

“In June 2020 when the COVID pandemic was hitting the community hard, our team wiped out all student lunch debt so families could have a fresh start for the 2020-2021 school year,” added Biegler.

Midway Park is the third most diverse public elementary school in Texas. Educational programs include both regular education for pre-kindergarten through sixth grade and special education programs for kindergarten through sixth grade. In addition, the English as a Second Language program serves over 200 students, as does the Title I Reading and Mathematics programs. Title I provides financial assistance to local educational agencies and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families, to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.

“For more than 50 years, the community and staff partnership has continued to grow and adapt to meet the needs of each student. We have 70 dedicated faculty members who truly share the philosophy that every child is special,” said Liesl James, Midway Park Elementary principal. “Atmos Energy embraces our mission, and within their first year of adopting our school, we selected them as the HEB ISD Adopter of the Year. This recognition is just one way in which we are able to show our appreciation for their continued dedication to every student, teacher, and staff member every day.”

To learn more about Midway Park Elementary and join their Adopt-A-School program, please visit hebisd.edu/midwaypark