Dallas ISD celebrates its outstanding volunteers and partners


Dallas ISD celebrated some of its amazing volunteers and partners at a special ceremony on May 22.

The Volunteers and Partner Award Program recognized those who have gone above and beyond in supporting district schools.

“We have more than 30,000 volunteers and tremendous in-kind contributions, so tonight we are just saying thank you to all of our campus volunteers and partners,” Dallas ISD Assistant Superintendent Usamah Rodgers said.

These partners were individually recognized for their amazing work:

The 2018 Succeeding Together Industry Partner Award: American Airlines

American Airlines is a premiere industry partner at W.H. Adamson Collegiate Academy, providing staff to support student learning, college and career readiness and resources, including school supplies and backpacks, iPads and scholarships. They recruit additional industry partners and provide support through Junior Achievement to a variety of Dallas ISD schools with job shadowing and mentoring. In addition. they are underwriting costs for out-of-state STEM experiences.

The Jeanne Fagadau Leading the Charge Award: The Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks this year provided all 157,000 Dallas ISD students with supplies and a ticket voucher. In addition, the Community Block Tickets program provided tickets to home games, the Science of Basketball STEM workshops and scholarships. They also teamed up with others to support Dallas ISD students in multiple ways.

The Emmett J. Conrad Extra Mile Award:  KPMG

Dedicated to improving literacy, KPMG’s support has grown over the past five years to include every part of Dallas ISD. They’ve provided books for more than 75 Dallas ISD elementary schools and, most recently, funded books for the African American Read-Ins, the districtwide Read for Me event, all students in Summer School programs, the Model UN program, and the ESL department’s summer backpack reading program.  In addition to recent free book fairs and additional support, they have committed to adopting three schools for expanded services.

The Superintendent’s Award: Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities

Dallas ISD’s partnership with Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities began in 2014 and has grown each year as they have served more than 7,000 of our Dallas ISD students and families most in need of assistance. The students receive free services and supplies including uniforms, dental and vison screenings and eyeglasses, haircuts, books and healthy foods. Their signature Back to School program has become a premier event in the Dallas ISD. In addition, this past year they provided $18,000 of special funding assistance to help Dallas ISD’s Hurricane Harvey evacuees with uniforms and school supplies, and introduced additional partners to help support the Harvey families.

The ceremony also recognized outstanding volunteers and partners nominated by schools for their support:

  • Volunteer Of The Year For Student Support: Claudia Zuniga, F. P. Caillet Elementary School
  • Volunteer Of The Year For Classroom Support: Clarice Pasierb, J.W. Ray Learning Center
  • Volunteer Of The Year For School Support: Sandy Wilson, Skyline High School
  • Outstanding Business Partner: Baker Botts L.L.P., Julius Dorsey Elementary School
  • Outstanding Faith-Based Partner: Park Cities Baptist Church, Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School
  • Outstanding Non-Profit Partner: Rosemont Dads Club, Rosemont Schools
  • Outstanding P-TECH Industry Partner: City of Dallas IT Department, James Madison P-TECH at El Centro College

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