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Special Recognitions at Board Meeting

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The Harlandale ISD Board of Trustees met Monday, September 17 and recognized several individuals and businesses for their outstanding contributions to our district.

 Juan Mancha & SUAVE, Commissioner Sergio “Chico” Rodriguez, the Southwest Research Institute, Toyota, Nicha’s Comida Mexicana, Golden State Foods Foundation and United Stationers were honored for donating backpacks and school supplies to our students. Some of them held big events before the year started and invited more than 1,000 people to pick up the free items. Others held smaller rallies and gave to individual schools. We would like to thank all of them for having a heart for Harlandale.

 Elizabeth Stamper and Tim Mata of H-E-B were recognized for their excellence to education. Ms. Stamper runs the Read 3 Program which will be part of all HISD elementary schools this year. It encourages parents to read to their children at least three times a week. You can find Mr. Mata at the store on Military and Pleasanton. He is currently organizing a community event for Saturday, September 22 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

 Two Harlandale employees were honored for their recent accomplishments. In May, Ms. Vicki Peacock of Vestal ES was named as one of the top 10 nurses in the city by the San Antonio Express-News. She was the only school nurse to make the list. Harlandale High School Volleyball Head Coach Sylvia Cardenas reached a huge milestone. She got her 500th win, making her only the 13 coach in the area to accomplish such a feat.

 Ruben de Anda and Gilbert Morales, electricians with the district, received praise and the Honor Role award for going above and beyond their regular workload. They jumped into action to help two accident victims back in July. And, just last month, little 3rd grader, Devin “DJ” Gonzales, was hailed a hero. The Wright ES student was at a pool party when he helped save the life of a 4-year-old boy who was struggling in the water.

 A big round of applause goes out to these outstanding individuals. We also want to thank them - our contributors, employees and students – for helping make Harlandale the family it is.