Waxahachie ISD recognized businesses, individuals and churches that routinely go out of the way to benefit students and teachers across the district.

The Partners in Education appreciation luncheon, also known as PIE, acknowledged volunteers who donated hundreds of hours through programs and organizations.

“We could not be more grateful for the support from all of these businesses, churches, volunteers. It’s a combination of a school year’s time and talent they share with us. We could not be a more grateful school district. This is our opportunity to say thank you to them,” said Melissa Cobb, director of Partners in Education.

WISD Board President James Villarreal recognized outstanding volunteers who contributed anywhere from 100 to 500 hours to the district. Edward Quintana was acknowledged with 400 hours, while Sarah Lopez had 500.

Volunteer programs highlighted were Go Van Gogh, Adopt-A-Class, guest speakers/Career Day events, mentoring programs, Grandfriends on the Move, and Drop Everything and Read Day.

Waxahachie ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn then stood behind the lectern to recognize several businesses and organizations that provided incentives, donations and time during the 2017-18 school year. Nearly 300 businesses were honored with a framed "thank you."

Then, principals from each campus, one-by-one highlighted the business that impacted their school most with the Campus Business of the Year awards.

Ora Frazier, the principal at Turner Pre-kindergarten Academy, recognized Shadow Creek Pumpkin Farm for donating over 200 pumpkins during their fall festival.

Oliver E. Clift Elementary School Principal Christi Kubin honored Freedom Fellowship International, which helped to plan and coordinate the Fall Festival with supplies, candy and volunteers.

Emily Camarena, principal at Dunaway Elementary, applauded Ellis County Reprographics. The company provided countless donations and services to students and staff. The company designed the school’s PBIS posters and layouts. They also donated time and other services to teachers at no cost.

Margaret L. Felty Elementary School Principal Carrie Kazda thanked First United Methodist Church. For the past two years, the church provided over 1,000 meals for students on the weekends. Church members deliver meals to the school on a weekly basis.

Christy Bailey, principal at Marvin Elementary School, recognized Adam Rope State Farm for their support and generosity. They provided bicycles as incentives for perfect attendance every nine weeks.

Jennifer Burns, Northside Elementary School principal, saluted Seventh Day Adventist Church. For two years the church has supported the school with much-needed supplies.

Shackelford Elementary School Principal Theresa Burkhalter recognized The Home Depot for donating rocks for the school’s Kindness Rock Garden. The garden was constructed during Random Acts of Kindness week.

Wedgeworth Elementary School Principal Lynda Solis lauded Navarro College Que Pasa Club. The club supported the third-grade dual language team for the past four years. They donated supplies and headphones through the year.

Adan Casas, Eddie Finely Junior High principal, thanked Parker & Moore Orthodontics for their support of students and staff. They provided breakfast for staff and sponsored they eighth-grade field trip to Austin.

Robbie E. Howard Junior High Principal Jacob Perry honored What’s Happening Now Ministries for providing a food pantry to students. The organization also sent groceries home with students and distributed food once a month with a week’s supply of food.

Waxahachie High School Principal Dr. Al Benskin applauded The Avenue Church continues to expose a servant heart putting needs and concerns of the school first.

Waxahachie Global High School Principal Ken Lynch thanked Lockheed Martin for their involvement and support with the robotics club. The club utilized Lockheed Martin’s mentoring program and donation of $2,000.

Rayn Cavazos, principal at Waxahachie High School of Choice/Challenge Academy, honored United Methodist Women. They regularly proved snacks and breakfast during STAAR testing. And, for the past few years, the women contributed to the Christmas festivities.

Susan Beaman and Jeanie Blake, PIE advisory board co-chairs, announced the PIE Advisory Board Special Business Recognition Award. This year’s winner was First Baptist Church. The church went “above and beyond to benefit the entire district.” First Baptist Church provided lunch for teachers during back-to-school meetings. They support students in need during Operation First Day of School. And, for the past 60 years, First Baptist Church was involved with the high school football banquet.

Last year’s winner was Waxahachie Lions Club.

This year’s PIE appreciation luncheon was sponsored by Citizens National Bank of Texas. Also, the district gave a special thanks to Finely Junior High Art Department for contributing the main art and Southwestern Assemblies of God University for hosting the event at the Kathryn Hutchinson Building.

Ashley Ford | @aford_news | 469-517-1450