Waxahachie ISD has graduated a second group from Champions for Children, a yearlong leadership program that seeks to educate community members about the district’s inner workings.

“Champions for Children is an innovative and unique opportunity for Waxahachie citizens to learn more about the school district,” Superintendent Tom Collins said through a post on the district’s Web site. “We feel it is very important to offer a leadership program such as this so as to keep our community informed of the strides we are making to improve the quality of education we provide our students.”

According to the Web site, the program provides an opportunity to gain inside knowledge on how the district operates. The program began in 2006, with 20 local community, business and civic leaders in the inaugural class.

“We look for current and up-and-coming leaders throughout the community,” said district director of public relations Nicole Mansell, who is in her second year of overseeing the endeavor. “We want to educate them to make our district the best it can be. I don’t think this district would be where it’s at without their help.”

Champions for Children meets once a month at various district locations, with members meeting with district administrators, principals and other staff members.

The class receives information on topics such as curriculum, school finance, community education and support services. Members also have the opportunity to job shadow a district employee.

Members of the Champions for Children 2007 graduating class are Melissa Ballard, Bonnie Bearden, Chuck Beatty, Michael Brown, Philip Browne, Jill Ferrill, Caroline Ford, Jeff Frazier, Terry Gibson, Shane Kinnison, Leslie Majors, Teresa McNeil, Dave McSpadden, Pat Merrill, Laurie Mosley, Jamie Nay, April Ortiz, Lisa Popp, Ginny Scott, Michael Scott, Jennifer Smolka, Constance Van Zandt and Jean Woods.

A special luncheon was held for the group earlier this week at the administration building.

For more information about the Champions for Children leadership program or to be considered as a participant for the next class, contact the WISD public relations office at 972-923-4631.

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