Individuals, organizations and companies are recognized every year for their service to the students and staff of the Dallas Independent School District. Although all contributions are appreciated, a few partners and volunteers stand out for their unwavering support.
The Dallas ISD honored its volunteers during the April 22 Board of Trustees meeting. Trustees and the superintendent presented awards to top donors and supporters and to district staff who coordinate volunteer programs in recognition of their contributions to schools and the district as a whole. The honorees represent just a few of the many dedicated volunteers and partners. As of the week of April 19, the districts online reporting system had recorded 22,587 volunteers and 1,505 partner contributions for campuses throughout the district for the 2009-2010 school year.
National retailer Target received the 2011 Superintendent's Award in recognition for its outstanding volunteer and financial support to multiple district schools since 1994. In addition to donation of school supplies, gift cards, field trip funding and more, its School Library Makeovers have equipped four Dallas ISD school libraries with new books, wall art murals, technology, lighting and furniture valued at over a half-million dollars. Thanks to a $150,000 Target grant, the district will create a new Partners in Reading program for K-3 students and parents at 24 campuses starting next fall.
The district's Emmett J. Conrad Extra Mile Award is presented to a partner that has consistently increased its support of the district over several years. This year's award recipient is BuzzFree PROMises Dress and Tuxedo Giveaway. Over the last several years, this event has become a favorite of high school juniors and seniors who get to select prom dresses and tuxedos for the big night as they receive education about the importance of making responsible choices regarding drugs and alcohol. The project has grown bigger each year and now includes a parent workshop and a fashion show.
Brenda Landeros who coordinates the volunteer and partner program for Rosemont Primary and Rosemont elementary schools received Outstanding School Partnership Coordinator Award. The award recognizes school staff whose work results in the greatest percentage of newly recruited volunteers, utilization of volunteers, the best ratio of volunteers to students and documented partnership contributions.
The district's Outstanding Partner Organization Award was presented to the Victor H. Hexter Elementary School PTA. For 55 years, the organization has supported the school's instructional program through a variety of fundraising and family activities. Among their more popular efforts are sponsorship of an annual 5K race, a carnival, silent auction and annual home tours. Current PTA president Cheryl Robinson accepted the award.
Investment firm Behringer Harvard, whose employees volunteer at Jerry R. Junkins Elementary School, was named the Outstanding Business Partner. The company's employees have contributed 300 volunteer hours per month during which time they have served as tutors and mentors
Inna Troik, a native Russian speaker who volunteers at William B. Travis Vanguard, received the Outstanding Secondary School Volunteer award. Troik is not only encourages students to master the basic concepts of her native tongue, Russian, but also serves as editor of the school's weekly online parent/staff newsletter.
The Outstanding Elementary School Volunteer Award recognizes the priceless value a single dedicated individual can represent to a school. Felix G. Botello Elementary School volunteer Maria Amaya received the award. A virtual staff member on Oak Cliff campus, she performs a variety of duties, including tutoring, reading, serving as a role model for students and encouraging parents to get more involved in their children's education.