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September 2018 Heroes for Children Resolution

WHEREAS volunteers provide invaluable support to our Texas public schools through the donation of their time, talent and financial resources; and

WHEREAS the State Board of Education has honored outstanding school volunteers with the Heroes for Children award since 1994; and

WHEREAS Rebecca Clawson is known as “Superwoman” in the El Paso Independent School District because of her ability to successfully take on so many volunteer projects; and

WHEREAS Mirthala Vazquez serves as an important liaison between La Joya ISD and parents and serves on numerous advisory committees; and

WHEREAS Elvia Olivarez brings her talents to La Joya ISD to create memorable school events and serves on many advisory committees; and

WHEREAS Aidaded “Ida” Rocha created “Ida’s 411” Facebook page to provide information about schools and youth events to parents in Galena Park ISD; and

WHEREAS Michael Deming continues his life’s work with children by mentoring Boerne ISD students and helping students improve their reading and math skills; and

WHEREAS retired teacher Lynne Dozier now works with the Klein Education Foundation where she has simplified and improved the grant process; and

WHEREAS David Sincere models what he was taught as a child by giving back to Fort Bend ISD as a mentor and by hosting community forums and training; and

WHEREAS Laura Clarke, an active PTA leader, spearheaded a book drive for Title I schools and organized the Children’s Traveling Closet for Humble ISD; and

WHEREAS Jennifer Harris created the Play it Safe East Texas program that has found hidden heart conditions in Pine Tree ISD students and others; and

WHEREAS Russel Richter has volunteered in Thrall ISD for more than 30 years, doing anything that needed to be done, including packing boxes, teaching lessons and providing medical care; and

WHEREAS Marcos Braz provided the support that allowed Azle ISD to establish the country’s only natural refrigeration program at the high school level; and

WHEREAS Marnie Glaser ignited students’ passion for reading and world cultures and enriched the campus environment in Dallas ISD; and

WHEREAS Rosalinda Martinez provided keen oversight that helped Fort Worth ISD manage its bond funds and build a needed replacement elementary; and

WHEREAS John Gallen continued his education career, now serving as a volunteer mentor who helps students with their reading and raised funds for free books; and

WHEREAS Sheryl Meek has provided the musical soundtrack for Spearman ISD for more than 50 years, serving as an accompanist to generations of students; now therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the State Board of Education recognizes these outstanding individuals as Heroes for Children.

WITNESS our signatures this fourteenth day of September, two thousand eighteen in Austin, Texas.

Donna Bahorich, Chair

Ruben Cortez, Jr., Secretary