Listening and seeing parents reaction to Wednesday's news makes it clear how they feel about Port Houston Elementary remaining a staple in their Southeast side neighborhood.
"I am so glad it will stay open," said Eva Reyes. "Cause we do need this school here."
Citing low enrollment, the Houston Independent School District had planned to close Port Houston, Nathan Q. Henderson Elementary and Fleming Middle School.
But the school district's board just revealed those 3 schools will stay open.
"I'm glad to see that we're taking a step in the right direction," said school board member Rhonda Skillern Jones.
Jones says she doesn't want to see any schools go through the threat of closing.
"To have policies that eliminate this as being a worry year after year," Jones said.
But the way it stands now that threat remains a reality for two other H.I.S.D. schools and possibly even more in the future.
"It means alot," was Angie Gallegos reaction to Port Houston's reprieve.
"This is the school I came to myself," Gallegos said. "And my daughter doesn't want to leave."
These parents know reading writing and arithmetic lives on at Port Houston Elementary because they got involved.
"We passed flyers through the neighborhood," Maria Cantu said. "And we went to the meetings too."
The district's school board meets next thursday to decide the fate of Jones High School and Dodson Elementary.