Kevin Albert, Stuchbery P.E. coach, accepts a check of appreciation from Jennifer Key, Pasadena Lions Club representative. Also pictured is Superintendent of Schools Dr. DeeAnn Powell (right).
The Stuchbery coach was instrumental in helping students raise funds for a good cause.
The Lions Club of Pasadena rewarded Stuchbery with a check of appreciation, March 22, for raising the highest amount in proceeds for the annual Walk for Sight initiative.
Hosted by the Lions Club in collaboration with the Pasadena ISD and local businesses, Walk for Sight provides funding for various health programs, benefiting students in need.
Participating campuses were encouraged to raise at least $500. Campuses that successfully achieved this goal received 10 percent of the proceeds to go toward the school’s coordinated health efforts. Stuchbery Elementary significantly topped this amount by raising $2,300. The district collectively raised about $22,000 for the initiative this school year.
“In P.E. classes, we not only try to teach children the importance of being healthy for a lifetime but also the importance of being good citizens,” said Pam Tevis, the district’s P.E., health and wellness coordinator.
“The students enjoy knowing they are helping a friend in need. They also understand they are helping their school raise money for programs that teach them the importance of good health.”
The walk has raised a net of $180,000 cumulative over the last 13 years through sponsorships and local businesses, with the bulk of the money coming from the district.
Proceeds raised from the walk have been used to provide over $42,000 in eye exams and glasses for district students.
Participation in the initiative continues to increase, resulting in more funding for additional needs. In fact, the Lions Club has provided funding of $65,500 for all Pasadena ISD nurses to have membership into the National Association of School Nurses for eight consecutive years. One of the many benefits of membership in NASN is that each nurse receives 25 eyeglass vouchers to be used as needed.
Over the years, Walk for Sight has provided:
- $17,630 in donations to the participating schools for coordinating school health
- $20,500 in donations to the Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament benefiting the Pasadena ISD Education Foundation
- $2,000 in donations to the DARE program
- $3,500 in donations to the Get Fit Jog program
“Much of the credit for the continuing increase in participation and coordination of this event goes to Pam Tevis and her staff, including the P.E. teachers,” Don Lazenby, Lions Club treasurer said. “The kids do a fantastic job and they seem to have a great time.”
The walk, which annually takes place around “Let’s Make a Difference Day” in October, was cancelled this year due to inclement weather. This did not stop students from continuing their fundraising efforts at the campus level.
“Each year we try to add something to make the event a little more special for the students, parents and the community,” Tevis said. “The hope is that Walk for Sight will inspire others in the community to ‘volunteer’ for the day and do a good deed for others.”
This year, Walk for Sight is scheduled for Saturday, October 22, 2016, which is on “Let’s Make a Difference Day.”
The Lions Club congratulates students for their successful fundraiser. Pictured: Lions Club directors Stephanie Salazar and Richard Jennings; Dr. DeeAnn Powell, vice-president; Don Lazenby, treasurer; Jennifer Key; Rick Schriever; and Joey Bowers; along with Stuchbery students.