Penelope Reed was thrilled to start the first grade at Trinity Lakes Elementary School in August. 

Despite having less playtime compared to kindergarten, she is enjoying it. Her favorite subjects are art and music. Her main goal this school year is to work on her reading, and she hopes to be able to read to her mother and father. 

Penelope’s mother, Rebecca Reed, also is excited to be the winner of the Fort Worth Report’s back to school photo contest, which concluded in early September. Her daughter might not understand it, but she is excited regardless. 

Reed learned about the competition from her former coworker, who submitted a photo of their golden retriever for the Report’s July photo contest. 

September photo contest

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Reed works at the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History, where she is an outreach and public programs manager. Her department oversees the museum’s Science Night programs and other public festivals, such as Chemistry Week and Engineers Week.  

Penelope likes children’s baking competitions on TV, so she thought that this would be a chance to give her daughter a chance to shine.  

“Let me actually get a cute photo of her on the first day of school as opposed to (a) silly face, which is one of her favorites,” Reed said. “I’ll enter it. It’ll be fun.” 

Trinity Lakes Elementary School is a part of the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District. 

“It’s a relatively new building. They used to have a West Hurst elementary that got torn down,” she said. “Last school year was the first full school year they were in the new building. It’s a beautiful school, (it) has great teachers and great administrators. It’s perfect.”

Juan Salinas II is a reporting fellow for the Fort Worth Report. Contact him at or on Twitter.

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Juan Salinas II

Born and raised in the North Side of Fort Worth. Juan Salinas II is a reporting fellow. He is a Tarrant County College transfer student who is currently studying journalism at the University of Texas at...