The winners in the subdivision naming contest organized by the City of Poteet, Trophy Properties LLC and Poteet ISD were announced on April 7.
The winning name, Strawberry Fields, was picked by four classes- Mrs. Lozano’s class and Mrs. Carrasco’s class at the elementary campus and Mrs. Treviño’s and Mrs. Hernandez’s advisory classes at the junior high.
Subdivision developer Jay Parker and Tim Dillard of the marketing team were on hand for the special occasion. They were joined by Karl Girling, the son of Parker’s partners, Renee and Bobby Girling.
Also in attendance were Poteet ISD Superintendent Charles Camarillo, Poteet Mayor Willie Leal Jr., Freckles, the official mascot of the Poteet Strawberry Festival, as well as the students and their teachers and principals.
Poteet Elementary Principal Donisha Miller said of the announcement, “We are so excited that the name our students submitted was the winning name. Our students carry so much pride knowing they played a part in a new, exciting development that will be here forever. Many of them attended the grand opening several months ago and stated that they were definitely going to live in the new houses. I am very excited to see this process start and for our students to be able to watch the many stages of development.”
Back in the fall, the school district was challenged to name the subdivision and streets being built near the school. Each campus received $1,000, for a total of $4,000 for participating and then $3,000 to the district. After the check presentations in the school libraries, the students enjoyed pizza.
“It was a lot of fun. I’ve done a lot of developing and this was the first time that I felt like the whole town participated,” said Parker.
The project, located between Strawberry City Road and School Drive, is underway and includes 363 homesites.
“The overwhelming support from the townspeople, city officials and city council …. I don’t have anything to compare it to, really,” said Parker.
The original plan was for 381 homes, but they are reserving some of the Hwy. 476 frontage for commercial development. They are already center-lining roads, moving in equipment for the utility work and it should start taking shape, Parker noted.
Parker and the team had many names to choose from. With Poteet being the Strawberry Capital of Texas, they knew “strawberry” would need to be included.
Poteet Junior High Principal Julie Poth said about her campus’ win, “They’re proud of their community. They’re proud of their culture and the strawberry industry that we have here. I think they’re proud of the fact that the name that they chose was chosen.”
Poth added how the students were there for the groundbreaking and will get to see the progress made.
“It’s very exciting for them,” said Poth. “We are looking forward to the development and to the new families that it will bring to the community.”