Fairy Yardmothers grant school grounds wish

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Lola Gholson, Bobbie Hill, Brenda Vahlenkamp, Melissa Ribelin, Belinda Hecht, Lana Snipes, Claire Clark, TeriJo Gonzales & Glenda Hill (not pictured) - Courtesy Photo

Aspermont ISD’s campuses are getting a woman’s touch as nine local residents team up with contractors, school administrators and students to spread a little beauty, and with a little luck, inspire a community. They call themselves the Fairy Yardmothers, and their magic wands come in the form of shovels, picks, and rakes, and the wishes they grant require a little more work than a flick and a swish.

It started only a few weeks ago when the group’s leader — although she would not admit it and the others would not deny it — Belinda Hecht sent out a group message to seven local women.

“I called smart, resourceful, dependable friends,” said Hecht, reaching out to Lola Gholson, Brenda Vahlenkamp, Lana Snipes, Melissa Ribelin, Clair Clarke, TeriJo Gonzales, and Glenda Hill. It was Glenda who suggested the group also contact her daughter-in-law, Bobbie Hill, who readily agreed, making nine women in total.

In the remote and often isolated areas of rural West Texas, no matter one’s background, job title, or social status, community members are connected by the students who attend and the events that take place at the local school district.

“The school is the heart of the community,” said Hecht. “The activities draw everybody together.”

Each of them, and they believe dozens of others, have wanted to do something to help the school. It’s not easy to find creative ways to do something to truly make a change, something everyone could see, something that would last, and perhaps most important: something that could inspire others.

Much of AISD’s facilities are aging and in various stages of decay. A group of AISD students was recently awarded a $10,000 grand prize in a contest sponsored by POWERADE. The class entered a video that stressed the needs of the school district, focusing on those areas of the campuses with the most deterioration.

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