“Students don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
Eduardo Infante, Superintendent of Lyford Consolidated School District, a rural public school district of 1,500 students in the Rio Grande Valley, knows that his students succeed when they are treated like family. That’s why generations of Lyford residents have regarded their public schools as an extension of the community, and the success of their students is a very personal matter.
Infante, a 1976 LHS graduate, explains: “Once a kid knows that you care about them, the sky’s the limit, and you can really work with them and they’ll want to work with you. They know you’re there for their best interests – to prepare them for life after high school, whether it’s college or the workforce. You teach them that academic success is important, as are the things you teach in a family, like hard work, service, and sacrifice.”
It is undeniable that LCISD students feel this support. And unlike many rural communities, students remain or return to Lyford in numbers far exceeding the norm for small town Texas.
Infante explains this phenomenon,“You go back to where you are loved. You go back to where you were given opportunities by people that cared for you.”
“When you are a family, you see each other through the good and the bad, you don’t stop loving people, and they’re always a part of you.”