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Longtime tradition turns into a circus

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Ring masters, clowns and cotton candy were all part of this year’s PTA Founders’ Day celebration. Harlandale ISD’s Parent Teacher Association has been in existence for 51 years and the tradition of hosting a banquet to honor all its members and raise money continued with a theme that brought out the child in everyone.

Two members, in particular, were shining especially bright when they received a surprising recognition. Barbara Holbert and Dan Booth, PTA presidents at Terrell Wells Middle School and Carroll Bell Elementary, were both named as National Life Members.

The cheers and applause continued as each member of the Board of Trustees was auctioned off. Together they raised more than $1,200 but Superintendent Rey Madrigal took in the most money, $325. Even more scholarship funds were raised with the silent auction that netted about another thousand dollars. All the money raised will benefit a few lucky students from Frank Tejeda, Harlandale and McCollum high schools.

Students from the big campuses were also part of the big night. Members of their JROTC’s, dance teams, and cheerleading squads performed while all 450 people in attendance enjoyed dinner catered by Don Pedro’s Mexican Restaurant.