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Volunteers honored for service, positive impact on SISD schools

Volunteers recognized being recognized at event  

Team SISD honored its volunteers for their service, time and dedication to SISD campuses and departments during the 2019 annual Volunteer Recognition and Awards Luncheon on April 11 at the ESC Region 19 Head Start Multi-Purpose Center.

Socorro ISD Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza and the board trustees thanked and congratulated these unsung heroes for their hard work during the 2018-19 school year. More than 500 people attended the event, including Region 19 Executive Director Armando Aguirre.

“I truly believe that the SISD volunteer program is the best in the world!” Espinoza said. “At the heart of our program is a united group of people dedicated to helping students, teachers and schools. Your reach and your impact are amazing, and I can’t thank you enough for your dedication and generosity, day in and day out. You truly put the TEAM in Team SISD and you are an undeniable force in our success!”

More than 7,400 registered volunteers contributed 135,000 service plus hours this school year, which adds up to about $3.3 million worth of service.

“You make a difference every day for our kids,” Board President Cynthia Najera told volunteers. “The success we have in our district is because of the work you do.”

Each Campus Volunteer of the Year was honored at the luncheon. In addition, awards went to the Youth Volunteer of the Year, Adult Military Volunteer of the Year, the top 5 Outstanding Volunteer Parent Groups, Elementary Volunteer of the Year, Secondary Volunteer of the Year and Healthier Team SISD Award.

A new award – the Stand and Deliver award – was unveiled this year. It was given to the school that best promoted SISD in a positive way, said Rachel Tarango, SISD’s volunteer coordinator.

Naomi Rojero, from Benito Martinez Elementary School, was surprised when her name was called for Elementary Volunteer of the Year. She described how happy she was to be a volunteer at her child’s school.

“I feel blessed to be a part of not just my kids’ life, but the other students,” Rojero said. “You get a lot of satisfaction.”

Secondary Volunteer of the Year, Elisabeth Jenkins, from SSG. Manuel R. Puentes Middle School, said helping out at the campus is fun.

“I like the diversity of the students and helping the teachers,” Jenkins said. “They appreciate everything we do. I really don’t like the spotlight, but I do love the volunteer part of it.’

Here are the other award winners:

Youth Volunteer of the Year
Chloe Jordan from Socorro High School

Adult Military Volunteer of the Year
Sgt. First Class Brett E. Weaver from Pebble Hills High School.

Healthier Team SISD
The Breast Cancer Awareness Walk at Hurshel Antwine Elementary School

Stand and Deliver
Volunteers from Hueco Elementary School

Top Five Outstanding Volunteer Parent Groups are:
Pirate Volunteers from Myrtle Cooper Elementary
Pantry Volunteers from Mission Ridge Elementary
Pawsome Parents from Helen Ball Elementary
Drumline Parent Volunteers from Salvador H. Sanchez Middle School
Blazer Nation Parents, Teachers and Students Advocates from Americas High School

Campus Volunteers of the Year
Americas High School — Maria L. Sanchez
Benito Martinez Elementary — Naomi Rojero
Bill Sybert School — Alicia Reyes
Campestre Elementary — Rocio Valles
Capt. Walter E. Clarke Middle School — Sukie Rodriguez
Chester E. Jordan Elementary — Krystal Renteria
Col. John O. Ensor Middle School — Ruby Minjares
Desert Wind School — Cecilia Esparza
Dr. Sue Shook Elementary — Monica Figueroa
Eastlake High School — Adrian Rueda
El Dorado High School — Maria V. Diaz
Elfida P. Chavez Elementary — Anel Greene
Ernesto Serna School — Virginia Escalante
Escontrias Elementary — Eduardo Herrera
H. D. Hilley Elementary — Petra Palacios
Helen Ball Elementary — Jessica Sanchez
Horizon Heights Elementary — Karla Vargas
Hueco Elementary — Ofelia Murrilo
Hurshel Antwine Elementary — Pablo Gamez
James P. Butler Elementary — Patrice Smith
Jane A. Hambric School — Laura Romero
John Drugan School — Miriam Gonzales
Keys Academy High School — Elva Gallegos
Loma Verde Elementary — Norma Abreu
Lujan-Chavez Elementary — Annette Becker
Mission Early College High School — James Montañez
Mission Ridge Elementary — Amber Herrera
Montwood High School — Rachael Salgado
Montwood Middle---Lorraine Gonzalez
Myrtle Cooper Elementary — Niria P. Sanchez
Options High School — Maria Garcia
O’ Shea Keleher Elementary — Nidia Chavez
Paso Del Norte School — Raquel Martel
Pebble Hills High School — Elizabeth Romero
Purple Heart Elementary — Judith Gutierrez
Robert R. Rojas Elementary — Abigail Olvera
Salvador Sanchez Middle — Elizabeth Flores
Sgt. Jose F. Carrasco — Becky Prince
Sgt. Roberto Ituarte Elementary — Stacy S. Martin
Sierra Vista Elementary — Adriana Ramos
Socorro High School — Claudia Peña
Socorro Middle School — Audrey Martinez
SPC. Rafael Hernando III Middle School — Christopher Contreras
Ssg. Manuel R. Puentes Middle School — Elisabeth Jenkins
Sun Ridge Middle School — Veronica Cervantes
Vista Del Sol Elementary — Minerva Santibañez
VASSP— Jessica Lopez
William D. Slider Middle School — Juan Moreno

Published May 1, 2019

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