LEUPP, Ariz. — On the first day back at Leupp Elementary School Aug. 9, the principal and staff are joined by Theresa the Tiger to greet kids as they enter the school, grooving to songs like Van Morrison’s “Brown-eyed girl” and Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer.” A sign decorated with flowers and a bright red apple reads, “Ya at eeh – Welcome Back Students.”
Theresa Davis takes her tiger head off for a quick breath of fresh air while the entry is clear of families. It is Davis’ 17th year as a custodian with Flagstaff Unified School District and second at Leupp. Like many who work at the school, she has a long commute.
“I live on the other side of Grand Falls,” Davis said. “I’m way out there. It’s about an hour to get here every morning.”
Most of the teachers commute from Flagstaff with a van leaving from the east side of town, a 45-minute drive. But there’s something about Leupp Elementary School that makes it worth it….
2023-08-22 16:41:23 , "Flagstaff Arizona" – Vivrr Local