Meredith Hatch was a board member for the MISD Education Foundation for 6 years. She brought enthusiasm to every board member and joy to every teacher she helped award a grant to. Meredith was tragically killed this past year. In a tribute to her, the Education Foundation has established the Meredith Hatch Memorial Grant. Meredith was very passionate about the education of our young people. She owed and operated two Primrose Schools in Mansfield and in Grand Prairie, She also loved to run and compete in bike races. Therefore, her grant will be focused on elementary age children with an emphasis on health and fitness.
This grant will be awarded in the spring of 2009 for up to $6,500.
WE LOVE YOU AND WE WILL MISS YOU!!!
By Nathaniel Jones and Alexa GARCIA-DITTA Star-Telegram Staff Writer
Meredith Hatch had two passions: children’s education and cycling. After the devoted athlete was killed Sunday during a routine bike ride in Grand Prairie, the Mansfield ISD Education Foundation said Monday that it plans to award a yearly grant in her name. Hatch served on the foundation’s board of directors for almost six years.
“She will be extremely missed,” Executive Director Linda Bacsik said. “She touched so many people.” Grand Prairie police arrested Kenneth Bain. Police said they suspect that he was drunk when his Lincoln Navigator sport utility vehicle struck and killed Hatch, 38, and Mike Alfaro, 36, at about 8:20 a.m. Sunday near Joe Pool Lake.
‘Making a difference’
Hatch and Alfaro, who were avid cyclists, were training for an upcoming race, authorities said. They were eastbound on Camp Wisdom Road just north of Joe Pool Lake when they were hit from behind. Meredith Hatch and her husband, Sherman, opened the Primrose School of Walnut Creek, a private preschool at 2201 Matlock Road in Mansfield, in 2001.
In 2007, they opened the Primrose School of Grand Peninsula, 2430 N. Grand Peninsula Drive in Grand Prairie. The Primrose Schools released a statement Monday extending condolences and calling Hatch “a woman who felt strongly about making a difference in the lives of others.””Meredith never ceased to amaze those that knew her as she somehow found the time to do it all, and do it with grace and a strong character,” the statement read. Hatch grew up in Irving and attended the University of Texas at Arlington. The mother of three boys was a member of the Mansfield Rotary Club.
Bacsik, of the Education Foundation, said Hatch was pivotal in raising money for grants to distribute to schools in need. “Education was very important to her,” she said. “She was just so darn dedicated and always there when you needed her.” Randall Canedy, a foundation member and close friend of Hatch’s, said she was “the most dedicated and passionate person” he had ever met.
“There will be a void in this community without her,” he said Monday. “Nothing was ever done that she wasn’t in the middle of.”Canedy said Hatch had recently completed a triathlon at Disney World and always trained to become a better cyclist.
Staff writer Paul Bourgeois contributed to this report.