WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) — These are true champions of the Wichita Falls ISD, and the spotlight was on those working hard behind the scenes on Tuesday at the 33rd annual Partners in Education Banquet.
Companies, organizations and even individuals have been honored. In all, 14 awards were given to those who donate their time or money to advocate for children, teachers and schools in the district.
One of them went to Tech Sgt. Brandon Daniel for all his time with Booker T. Washington. The Sheppard Air Force Base training instructor brought mentors to campus, coordinated a field trip that gave students the opportunity to consider career fields within the military, and garnered more than 7 $000 to fill food boxes that came home with the kids before the Christmas holidays.
These are just some of the reasons why he was named the Volunteer of the year.
“That’s how my parents raised me,” says Daniel. “I have my dad and mom to look up to, also made a promise to my Master Sgt. Aaron Bolden, he told me to take care of the score before I left, so I had to keep that promise. You do so much to support us and it’s time for me to support you all. The kids kiss me, my heart melts every time I see him smile so that’s why I do it.
Partner of the year went to Western Hills Baptist Church. They were named by McNiel Middle School for how they go above and beyond to help meet any need that arises.
Including staffing, spinal screenings, vision and hearing tests, provision of school supplies, staff treats and notes of encouragement.
Also for starting a program called Impact to teach citizenship and soft skills.
“It’s just telling the kids you love them and seeing oh they don’t talk to anyone, why aren’t you shy or maybe you’re depressed, maybe you have home like what is happening there,” Garrett Smith, youth and music director at Western Hills Baptist Church. “The church is great, but those are all the things you have to do outside the church doors.”
These are just two of 14 well-deserved awards that were handed out on Tuesday night.
Here is the complete list of all those who have been honored:
program of the year – A program that displays the highest degree of teamwork, resource utilization and results – Coats for Kids – Zundy (1998)
- First Christian Church provides thousands of winter coats to children WFISD
- Provides over 100 complete Thanksgiving meals to WFISD families
- Zundy families received 140 coats and 40 Thanksgiving meals
organization of the year – An organization that reflects an exceptional commitment to Partners in Education – Wichita Falls Kiwanis Club – Scotland Park (1989)
- Rewards kindness and compassion by purchasing 35 Sonic Drinks per week for kindness students
- Distributes monthly Kool Kid rewards to kindness students, awarding balloons, certificates, $50 gift cards and yard signs
Additional award mile – A partner who goes above and beyond the expectations of the adoption school and the PIE – Disabled American Veterans Ch. 41 – Booker T. (2022)
- Provided 275 gifted students with backpacks filled with hygiene items and toys
- Gifted pre-kindergarten students with new bikes and helmets
Staff Appreciation Award – A partner whose special projects best support school staff – Texas Gymnastics Academy – Fowler (2019)
- Provides treats to staff for staff lunches and meetings
- Provided a holiday meal when another partner was unable to
- Brings positive energy to campus to encourage faculty and staff
Rookie of the Year – First-year partner whose involvement goes well beyond the limits of a new partner – El Norteno – West Foundation (2021)
- Provides meals to staff members
- Gives away lunches, breakfast burritos and gift cards for staff
Mentorship Program of the Year – A mentor whose volunteer efforts best exemplify the purpose of mentoring – Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) – Kirby (2021)
- Male volunteers serve Kirby students
- Michael Scott visits Kirby daily to befriend and teach students, helping to improve student behavior and engagement
Shining Star Award – A partner (company, group or individual) whose creative efforts for children consistently improve children’s lives in amazing ways – Amy Fagan – Sheppard (2018)
- Amy Fagan and her family donate thousands of dollars each year in cleaning supplies for Sheppard classrooms
- As assistant director of public health for Wichita Falls, she volunteers to help the campus
- She delivered gifts to teachers and the principal during virtual learning during the pandemic
- She delivered Crumbl cookies to the teachers’ lounge
- She provided 10 pairs of shoes for students, as well as hundreds of dollars worth of Kleenex, Clorox wipes and paper towels for classrooms.
Campus Coordinator of the Year –A Campus Coordinator who boldly carries on the mission of PIE and goes above and beyond what a Campus Coordinator expects- Madeline Eubanks – Zundy Elementary
- Coordinates the Read 2 Learn program at Zundy
- Organizes volunteers, communicates with them and recruits a large number of them
Female Mentor of the Year – A female mentor whose volunteer efforts best exemplify the purpose of mentoring – Lois Willis – Booker T. (2021)
- “Grammy Lois” assists Read 2 Learn program
- She has logged more than 90 volunteer hours this year
Male Mentor of the Year – A male mentor whose volunteer efforts best exemplify the purpose of mentorship – Thomas Yoder – Haynes (2015)
- He was the first volunteer in the Haynes Read 2 Learn program
- He bought books and spent more than the usual time reading with students
- He follows the progress of the students in class by reading
- He tripled the number of students he reads with
Company of the year – A company that reflects an exceptional commitment to a WFISD school – Bundy Young Sims & Potter – West Foundation (1997)
- This company makes it possible to meet the staffing needs requested each year
- This company provided headphones and school supplies
- They donated seven $25 gift cards for the 4 Days of Christmas program
PDF of the year – A new award honoring a parent-teacher type organization (PTA, PTO or PVO) that goes above and beyond in its efforts with parents and students – Sheppard PVO
- PVO President Ashley Cash and her team support staff and students with monthly teacher lunches
- She distributes teacher favorites lists to parents to help them provide teachers with their wish lists.
- She provided bottled water, face masks and cleaning supplies to classrooms during the pandemic
- She provided an espresso machine and an ice maker for the teachers’ lounge
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