Large Business Volunteer of the Year - Shell Federal Credit Union
Organization Volunteer of the Year - Literacy Advance of Houston
Student Volunteer of the Year - Alex Jackson, Dobie High School
(Not pictured are DJ Acapulco, Small Business Volunteer of the Year and Al Lidrbauch, Individual Volunteer of the Year)
The Pasadena Independent School District gave a big "thank you" to its volunteers at the district's Board of Trustees recognized the Volunteers of the Year recently.
Small Business Volunteer of the Year
Thanks to DJ Acapulco, the school events at Golden Acres Elementary have gone from okay to festive! He gets everyone up and dancing and enjoying themselves. When people are dancing, singing and nodding their heads to the music, you know they are having a good time. DJ Acapulco does all of this for free. Mr. Catalan actually works full time for the factories and DJs as his second job.
Large Business Volunteer of the Year
Shell Federal Credit Union was named the district's Large Business Volunteer of the Year. This year, they have partnered with Sam Rayburn High School to provide financial support and also established a unique volunteer program to involve students with community involvement.They also assist in any way possible including Mad Money days with DECA and employing students in their branch at Rayburn. In addition, all of their team members volunteer which serves as a great example for Rayburn students.
Student Volunteer of the Year
Alex Jackson was named the Student Volunteer of The Year. He attended Frazier Elementary and, as a Dobie High School student, has continued to serve at Frazier with his Eagle Scout project. He gathered a team of helpers, donations, and family members to beautify Frazier's "backyard." He and his team updated the gardens, planted 15 trees, and installed an automatic sprinkler system. He also helped map out the vegetable gardens that will be completed in August.
Individual Volunteer of the Year
The board recognized Al Lidrbauch as the Individual Volunteer of the Year. At Stuchbery Elementary, he arrives early, approximately 7 a.m., to set out the cones for the flow of traffic. He helps the patrol students understand the importance of following traffic and school rules. What makes Mr. Lidrbauch even more amazing is that he has been doing this daily-rain or shine and this year snow-for 12 years even though both of his daughters are now in college.
Organization Volunteer of the Year
Literacy Advance of Houston is the district's Organization Volunteer of the Year. The organization has volunteered for years at Gardens Elementary by providing classes and events for parents. Literacy Advance works toward the same goal as Gardens, improving literacy skills in students through parent support and education. They have been instrumental in assisting the counselor with a variety of classes including English as a Second Language, Parent Literacy Workshops, and Family Literacy Nights. They also provide training to faculty, staff and tutors on strategies for English language acquisition.
Adult Individual Campus Volunteers of the Year recognized by the Board were:
Alma Cervantes - Bush Elementary
Gilbert Aguilar - Dobie High School
Peggy DeLaCerda - Sparks Elementary
Alberto Rodriguez - Williams Elementary
Aglaee Nicolas - McMasters Elementary
Jean McNeill - Jensen Elementary
Nancy Alfaro - Pomeroy Elementary
Robert Hemminger - Golden Acres Elementary
Edie Cantu - Williams Elementary
Sylvia Soria - Matthys Elementary
Violetta Espino - Parks Elementary
Bill and Evelyn Massey - Kruse Elementary
Large Business Campus Volunteers of the Year were:
H.E.B. (Blackhawk) - Atkinson Elementary
Mi Tienda - Jensen Elementary
Air Products - Kruse Elementary
Wal-Mart - Golden Acres
Walgreen's (Allen Genoa and Richey) - Williams Elementary
Student Campus Volunteers of the Year was:
Dylan Mosquera - Golden Acres Elementary