2016-2017 Parent of the Year Cindy Kinard

2016-17 Parent of the Year

Cindy Kinard, commended for her "great rapport with students and staff" and her willingness to "always jump in and help," was selected by Grenada School District as Parent of the Year for 2017.

The award recognizes a parent in the district who has made exceptional efforts to partner with the school and worked toward its improvement. Kinard was nominated for the award by Grenada Middle School Principal Marshall Whittemore, who noted her "countless hours raising money and coordinating for our Parent-Teacher Organization."

Kinard spearheaded the middle school's PTO this year, bringing together other parent volunteers to help raise funds and work during special school events. She coordinated the sales and distribution of candy bars during the organization's biggest fundraiser and arranged for the top sellers to take a break from class and watch a BMX and inline stunt show at Charger Stadium.

The PTO performed smaller services throughout the year as well. Kinard and her fellow volunteers provided perks and incentives such as feeding judges at the reading and science fairs, distributing water to students during particularly hot pep rallies, and rewarding students for good grades with a movie day and a trip to see the Memphis Redbirds play baseball.

"We also try and do things to show appreciation for our teachers, who don't always get the credit they deserve from middle schoolers," said Kinard.

The PTO acknowledged help from local business such as Grocery Basket and Wal-Mart, which provided in-kind goods for their events.

"Everything invested to the PTO and the schools is an investment in the community and the kids," Kinard said. "It provides a better atmosphere for learning."

Kinard, who is married to Clint Kinard, said she likes volunteering with Grenada Schools so she can stay involved with her kids. She has two children currently in the district — Haley, a junior at Grenada High School, and Leah, an eighth grader at Grenada Middle School. Her son Justin graduated from Grenada High School in 2013.