WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Volunteers, mentors, and business owners were honored for their involvement in WFISD's program Partners in Education (PIE).
Organization of the Year was awarded to Jan Waldmuller and Partner of the Year was given to Kolter Lukart. Both have given funds and supplies to students at Lamar Elementary - a school that some staff members say has students that are under resourced.
Lukart saw the school's needs and decided to pitch in, "Lamar is a school in our community that needs every bit of help they can get. We did a tour of their campus and at that point I was in."
The CEO of Guarantee Title has not only donated money to the school, but he has also bought shirts for all the students. PIE Coordinator Heather Miller said that every student having a school shirt is a first.
Jan Waldmuller of First National Bank has worked with Lamar for 10 years. She has gotten to watch students go from children to you adults. She said, "I watched a little girl - I had her I guess from second grade until she graduated. That's what's neat about it because you can meet the kids. They come to our bank so I get to see them grow up."
Both winners hope to continue making a positive impact on Lamar Elementary students in the future.
Partner of the Year – A partner who achieves goals through exemplary, well-balanced participation involving volunteers,
funding, in-kind services, etc.:
Guarantee Title (Lamar Elementary)
Program of the Year – A program that displays the highest degree of teamwork, resource utilization and results:
Big Brothers Big Sisters (Scotland Park Elementary)
Organization of the Year – An organization that reflects an outstanding commitment to Partners In Education:
First National Bank (Lamar Elementary)
Extra Mile Award – A partner who goes beyond the expectations of the adopted school and PIE:
Junior League of Wichita Falls (Burgess Elementary and Zundy Elementary)
Staff Appreciation Award – A partner whose special project(s) best support school staff:
Sam's Club (Milam Elementary)
Rookie of the Year – First-year partner whose participation goes far beyond the boundaries of a new partner:
Qdoba (Booker T. Washington Elementary)
Mentor of the Year – An individual mentor whose volunteer efforts best exemplify the purpose of mentoring
Winnie McKee and Judy Whitaker (Fain Elementary)
Volunteer of the Year – An individual whose generous gifts of time contribute to student success:
Kyle Clark (Sheppard Elementary)
Mentor Program of the Year – A group mentor program that best exemplifies the purpose of mentoring:
First United Methodist Church (Sheppard Elementary)
Shining Star Award – A partner (business, group, or individual) whose creative efforts for children consistently improve:
children's lives in amazing ways
Frances Goodwin (Haynes Elementary)
Campus Coordinator of the Year – A campus coordinator who boldly perpetuates the mission of PIE and goes beyond
the expectations of a campus coordinator:
Debby Compton (Southern Hills Elementary)