HEB ISD Superheroes to the Rescue
Approximately 400 people attended the annual volunteers and adopter awards luncheon May 4. This year’s theme, “HEB ISD Superheroes Answer the Call,” had attendees of all ages paying tribute to their favorite superheroes with a variety of creative and colorful costumes.
Students from Trinity High School dressed as Spider Man, Iron Man, The Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Captain America, and Super Girl and helped present awards. The Trinity Jazz Band entertained the crowd during lunch. And, the program began with an original animated short created by Cat Hendon, a senior from LD Bell High School who is enrolled in the animation program at the Gene A. Buinger Career & Technical Education Academy.
The luncheon’s host, Superintendent of Schools Steve Chapman, helped honor more than 300 incredible campus volunteers who have earned service badges and pins for donating the time they spend with students. He also helped recognize dedicated local business adopters that work with the school district.
HEB ISD volunteers logged 430,655 hours into the volunteer database. He challenged volunteers to log a minimum of 500,000 hours next year.
The theme for the 2016 luncheon is “Hats Off to You,” a theme that will provide many creative ways for attendees to dress for next year’s event.
The following volunteers, campuses, and businesses were recognized at the luncheon:
• Spirit of VIPS Award, presented to an employee who promotes volunteerism on their campus — Ken Britton of Bedford Heights Elementary School.
• Greatest Percentage Increase in Volunteer Hours Logged — Gene A. Buinger Career & Technical Education Academy, with a 3,109 percent increase in hour logged last year.
• Greatest Percentage Increase in Active Volunteers — Gene A. Buinger Career & Technical Education Academy, with a 500 percent increase in the number of campus volunteers
Elementary Golden Apple Award
• First place, Bell Manor Elementary School, with 34,967 hours logged
• Second place, Shady Brook Elementary School, with 34,026 hours logged
• Third place, Bellaire Elementary School, with 29,754 hours logged
Junior High Golden Apple Award
• First place, Hurst Junior High School, with 18,071 hours logged
• Second place, Harwood Junior High School, with 9,897 hours logged
High School Golden Apple Award
• LD Bell High School, with 124,651 hours logged
• Crystal Apple Awards are presented to elementary, junior high, and high school campuses that have the highest levels of participation in Adopt-A-School and have the strongest community partnerships:
– Meadow Creek Elementary School
– Harwood Junior High School
– Trinity High School
• Adopt-A-School Coordinator of the Year, presented to an employee who successfully creates and promotes relationships with local businesses in order to benefit student achievement — Bill Willis, Meadow Creek Elementary School
• Outstanding Small Partnership Award — BLADE, nominated by Bellaire Elementary School, received a Superman trophy, and the HEB ISD Education Foundation awarded Bellaire Elementary School a $250 check.
• Outstanding Large Partnership Award — Euless First Church of the Nazarene, nominated by Midway Park Elementary School, received a Superman trophy, and the HEB ISD Education Foundation awarded the Midway Park Elementary School a $250 check
• Outstanding District Partnership Award — For supporting campuses throughout the District, 6 Stones Mission Network. They received a Superman trophy.