The work, dedication and service that Team SISD’s more than 8,000 volunteers and parent volunteers gave during the 2017-2018 school year was recognized at the annual spring SISD Volunteer Recognition and Awards Luncheon.
Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D., the SISD Board of Trustees, the cabinet, principals, teachers and staff districtwide attended the event at ESC Region 19 Head Start Multi-Purpose Center.
“Our volunteer program is one that sets our district apart from the others,” Espinoza said. “Every year, I reflect on how lucky we are to have so many volunteers at all of our schools. It keeps growing and getting better and better. We thank you.”
In 2017-2018, SISD volunteers worked some 111,700 service hours valued at more than $2.9 million. They helped in numerous ways, including monitoring to ensure students were safe at lunch and recess and helping create fundraisers for different needs.
They also worked alongside faculty and staff to enhance and enrich the educational opportunities provided to SISD students.
“We honor these exceptional volunteers, celebrating the power of the individuals that spark change and improve the lives of our students,” said Rachel Tarango, SISD coordinator of the parent volunteer program.
The recognition event honored the Campus Volunteers of the Year and also honored several individuals and organizations for their outstanding service.
The District Elementary Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Yolanda Marquez from Robert Rojas Elementary School. Marquez was chosen for her tireless work at the school, including organizing the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances, promoting a safe social environment, and helping with the perfect attendance program.
“I really like helping the community,” Marquez said. “It brings me happiness and satisfaction. To see those students smiling is the best feeling.”
The District Secondary Volunteer of the Year was Steven Kelley from Montwood High School. Kelley, who began volunteering when his children started high school, was honored because he helped balance the band booster budgets, cooked and grilled at all band functions, and was always there to help with the band set up.
“It was all about the kids,” Kelley said. “I truly enjoyed myself.”
The Youth Volunteer of the Year went to Omar Bustillos from Col. John O. Ensor Middle School. He led the principal’s advisory committee, created a birthday club, and went above and beyond for faculty and staff, such as surprising teachers with hot chocolate and cookies.
Moises Alvarez from Mission Ridge Elementary School won the Military Volunteer of the Year. Alvarez assisted with campus activities, donated heaters and Christmas trees and…