Red Oak Council of the Parent-Teacher Association hosted a luncheon to acknowledge outstanding members, local volunteers, and teachers as they were awarded the 2018 Texas Parent-Teacher Association Life Member Award. The annual event recognized 17 individuals on Tuesday, March 20.

“This is someone who supports the mission of the PTA, an advocate for children,” president of Red Oak ISD Council of PTAs, Mary Moss explained, “Their mission is one voice, one child. These members advocate for child laws and child education.”

The PTA offers the Life Member Award to a variety of individuals with two specially chosen at the Council of PTA level. PTA members of the five elementary schools, a middle school and high school each nominate one to two people.

At the council level, two people received this award, Melanie Peterson, and Don Killerman.

“The ones recognized at the council level go above and beyond in anything that’s needed for the students,” Moss elaborated.

“Both of them, even the others, they put in the ‘we before me,’” Moss described the recipients’ character. “They are always putting the students and faculty of the district before themselves. All of them really exemplify the four aspects of the four talons.”

Peterson served as a school board trustee for three years and currently acts as secretary. She volunteers with the Red Oak Elementary PTA where her grandsons attend. She has also served on ROISD PTA for the past five years but was involved in Ferris ISD PTA for more than 20 years while her children attended school.

“I wanted to cry. It is a big honor to be a life time member,” Peterson expressed. “You’re kind of recognized by your peers as ‘having a heart for what she’s doing.’ It’s not that we did anything for recognition, but it’s nice when someone does recognize you.”

When Moss announced Peterson’s name, she said she was shocked but “filled with happiness” to receive this honor.

The other council PTA recipient, Killoren, served on PTA for three years and is honored to be recognized after her stint with the district. She also serves as the treasurer for Red Oak Elementary School’s PTA.

“Just being there and being able to help out, mainly for the teachers. I wanted to give the teachers something back whether it be teacher appreciation just to show them they are loved,” Killoren emphasized.

Her daughter went to Red Oak Elementary but relocated to a different district, “…but I stayed because I grew a relationship with the teachers. It was more like a family. I couldn’t just leave them and the PTA too,” Killoren shared.

Moss highlighted the both Peterson and Killoren’s support during the back to school fair. Both recipients were active at the event using the whole day to help students try on uniforms. Moss pointed out Peterson had the Lions Club conducting vision screening for students. As far as the campuses, anything they need, Killoren and Peterson are there to support, Moss shared.

“The time that they give that’s taken away from their families to devote to other kids and students and the staff members,” Moss bragged.


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