Baird PTO has decorated and stocked the break room for this week.  Lunch is provided each day by PTO, Student Council, Mrs. Nigar, and Mrs. Brock.  There is an Appreciation Station set up to write on post-it notes for the teachers.


Lori Higgins

I would like to extend my gratitude to First Bank Texas for the gold dollar coins, Texas Roadhouse for the FREE kid's meals, the Depot volunteers for stuffing eggs, the volunteers for hiding eggs, and the many individuals for donating eggs, candy, and goodies.  This year we had an estimated 6,000 Easter eggs for the kids to hunt!  I look forward to seeing all the kids back again next year!


Spring Clean-up day was another success, and we appreciate those who were able to make it.  The park equipment was painted, ball field restrooms were painted, flowers were planted Downtown, Caboose interior was painted, etc.


The Community Development Corporation of Baird approved the lowest bid submitted by A Better Creation, owned and operated by Ronnie McDaniel.  This work will improve the appearance of both the Baird Activity Center (Old Light Plant) and the Eugene Bell City Park.  The City of Baird continues to look at areas that will improve the overall resident's experience. 


The Development Corporation of Baird has purchased five new signs for the main entrance to the City's Industrial Park off of Highway 283.  The frame will be painted prior to the install of Tank & Vessel Builders, Innovac, Weatherford, T&P Industrial Park, and info signage.  We hope to have this complete by this summer.


Railhead Festival-see attached flyer
​5:30pm Cook-Off Check-in
**Free Concert**
   -    8:00-9:30pm: Happy Fat & The Rhythm Kids
    -   10:00-Midnight: Three Shades Blue
​10:00-5:00pm Vendors
​10:00-5:00pm Children's Activities (bounce castle, knocker ball, face painting, petting farm, etc)
10:00am Car Show Registration deadline
​10:30am Saint Vincent Folklorico Dancers
11:00am Dog Costume Registration deadline
​11:00-3:30pm Baird PTO Children's Activities
​11:15am Dog Costume Awards announced
11:45am Baird High School Band performs
​1:00pm Car Show Awards announced
1:30pm Parade participants gather at the City Park
2:00pm Parade
​3:00pm Captain Jack entertainment
​​6:00pm Cook-off Awards announced
6:00pm Ranch Rodeo
**Street Dance Saturday Night** $10 Cooler Charge
    -    8:00-9:30pm: Tejas Brothers
    -    10:00-Midnight: Amber Digby & Midnight Flyer

Fireworks Show


Baird High School students, Marcos Lopez and Hailey Self, are tackling the Caboose Project as their Leadership Project.  These two Juniors have from January until September to select a project and have it completed.  They present their project before a panel of judges mid-September for a chance at scholarships given by the Texas Midwest Community Network.  They attended a Leadership Class facilitated by Tutt & Daggs in January and April.  Kevin Tutt was our speaker at the Chamber Banquet.  This Leadership Class is a motivational tool to get students involved in their community and leave a lasting impression.  It also teaches them to become speakers and is very motivating and energetic.  

Volunteers who have donated their time and efforts so far:
Relocation - Jeff Burleson coordinated with Heartland Trucking and Goins Crane to have the Caboose moved from Meadow Park to the lot west of the Depot.
Cleaning the interior - Marcos Lopez, Hailey Self, and Lauren Waller came to the Caboose during testing to utilize the shop vac, mop bucket, and scrub brushes.
Painting the interior - Homestead Long Term Care employees, Karla Davis, Rachel Moss, and Randy Schuffert came to the Caboose during our Saturday Clean-Up Day.  They taped, covered, and sprayed the interior gray.
Cleaning the exterior - Baird HS Students, Marcos Lopez, Hailey Self, Elijah Branton, and Jaden Cerda spent a few hours during testing to pressure wash and scrub in preparation for painting.  Two days later, Ronnie McDaniel with A Better Creation landscaping applied degreaser and Dawn dish soap to prepare the bottom of the Caboose for paint.
Painting the exterior - Innovac employees, Danny Smedley, Lance Wallace, Chris Garvin, Jesse Deboard, and Steve Anderson sandblasted the exterior for four days in preparation for painting.  This particular task involved 26 bags of metal abrasive each weighing 55lbs.  The bags had to be individually sifted through to remove any large debris that might clog the machine. 

Work to be performed:
Decking purchased and constructed by Hanner Supercenter.  
T&P logo painted by Chamber Board Member, Stephanie Prosser.
Signage, landscaping, and seating designed and purchased by the Student Council Activity Fund.

Check the "Baird Texas T&P Railroad Depot Museum" Facebook Page for pictures and updates on their progress!