Back Row from left to right: Karla Castillo; Paul Tran, Green Logic Lighting and Electric; Dobie PALS Holly Gonzalez and Albert Nguyen; Henry and Carolyn Shillings; Jon Matthews, Shades of Texas; Stephanie Frost. Front Row: Maria Garcia.
Pasadena ISD Board of Trustees announced the district’s 2016 Volunteers of the Year at the June board meeting Tuesday night.
Board president Nelda Sullivan and Superintendent of Schools Dr. DeeAnn Powell presented the recipients with awards in several categories.
“We are fortunate at Pasadena ISD to have so many who volunteer by giving up their personal hours to help the students, teachers and administrators throughout the district,” said Dr. DeeAnn Powell, superintendent of schools.
Karla Castillo was honored as an Outstanding Adult Volunteer for Elementary for dedicating nine years of service to students at Matthys. She assists with fundraising activities, school pictures, teacher appreciation lunches, carnivals, and book fairs. She has also served on the Parent Advisory Committee for the past three years.
The Secondary Outstanding Adult Volunteer is Stephanie Frost. Frost continuously offers her time and creativity to Melillo Middle School students and staff. In her three years at the campus, she has assisted with book fairs, the spring carnival and chaperoned field trips.
Maria Garcia was named Outstanding Student Volunteer for Elementary for her dedication and commitment as a student worker at South Shaver, where she provides assistance in the campus library and front office.
The Outstanding Student Volunteer for Secondary is Ryvrle Rentschler, a Dobie student who serves at Atkinson. Through the PALS program, Rentschler has worked with the HOSTS each week for the past two years to help students become successful readers. Rentschler mentors students through the OMEGA program each week and initiated a program to help students interact with OMEGA students during spirit days at school. She also volunteers her time outside of school at various organizations like the YMCA and the local Fire Station.
Henry and Carolyn Shillings were named Outstanding Grandparent Volunteers for their commitment to students and staff at Teague Elementary over the past seven years. The couple assists with many projects such as can food drives, toy drives and teacher appreciation events.
A representation of close ties between alumni and the district happened as Paul Tran of Green Logic Lighting and Electric was named the Outstanding Small Business Volunteer for Elementary. A former student of Mae Smythe principal Martin Moffett, Tran was inspired by Moffett to give back and organized and funded a trip for Mae Smythe fourth graders to visit the Alamo and Six Flags.
Shades of Texas represented by owner Jon Mathews was named Outstanding Small Business Volunteer for Secondary. Matthews is another example of a former student going above and beyond as a volunteer, alumni and community member.
With one phone call from Park View Principal Rob Hasson, Mathews came to their aid to help beautify and prepare for the school’s 50th anniversary celebration. Mathews continues to visit Park View to check on the plants and Atrium area. He uses the visits as an opportunity to speak to students about the importance of “paying back what was given to you.”
Albemarle was named the Outstanding Large Corporation for their 20 years of service to Jackson Intermediate. Through this partnership, Albemarle assists with uniform drives, belt donations, breakfast taco sales and art supply donations for students. Albemarle has funded computer donations, attendance incentives and trophies for athletic awards. They also provide PALS shirts and annually sponsor an appreciation breakfast. Albemarle regularly supports the mentor program for at-risk students by providing speakers, serving as mentors and funding the monthly luncheon.
Zion Lutheran Church represented by Holly Harris was named Outstanding Organization Volunteer. The church has consistently donated school supplies and Christmas gifts to Fisher students and their siblings for the past ten years.
Outstanding Student Organization Volunteer is the Dobie PALS program represented by students Albert Nguyen and Holly Gonzalez. For the past three years, 105 high school students have volunteered each week at Frazier, serving as mentors and reading partners. Each Dobie PAL is matched with a Frazier student to provide individualized attention and boost academic achievement. The students also volunteer at school carnivals, math nights, track and field, and school dances.