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HISD celebrates community volunteers at 53rd annual VIPS Awards Ceremony

Each year, HISD celebrates its Volunteers in Public Schools with the annual VIPS Awards Breakfast Ceremony. This year, on April 25, volunteers including parents, teachers, community members, and students gathered to celebrate their accomplishments with a breakfast catered by HISD’s Nutrition Services Department.

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HISD honors parent and community volunteers with special awards ceremony

The truth of the adage “It takes a village to raise a child” is made most obvious when we take time to recognize the hundreds of individuals who volunteer their time to help our public-school systems run. As the largest school district in Texas, HISD is no exception and boasts a cohort of dedicated parent and community volunteers.

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HISD hosts community outreach breakfast event for faith-based leaders

Faith-based leaders in the Houston area gathered at Hattie Mae White Educational Center to discuss the future of HISD and strategies for community outreach.

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HISD recognizes top volunteers for being “shining stars”

The Houston Independent School District honored its top volunteers today during the annual Volunteers in Public Schools Recognition Reception.

Each year, the Volunteers in Public Schools program — more commonly referred to as VIPS — enlists thousands of parents, community members, business professionals, and youth who are willing to dedicate their time to support HISD students. Volunteers help in classrooms, libraries, media centers, clinics and school offices, serving as tutors, mentors, teacher partners, speakers, security patrols, chaperones, interpreters, and even cafeteria monitors.

The theme of this year’s reception is “Volunteers are Shining Stars.” Volunteers were nominated for awards in four different categories. Winners were selected from 12 finalists. Continue reading

HISD recognizes 2014’s top volunteers for ‘helping us grow’

This year’s honorees serve Bellaire, Jones, and four Montessori schools

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Each year, thousands of parents, businesses, and community partners support public education by volunteering their time on HISD campuses or engaging in other activities that contribute to the growth of the district. And every spring, HISD selects the top volunteers from among their ranks. Continue reading

HISD to Recognize District’s Top Volunteers at VIPS Recognition and Awards Program

HISD Superintendent Terry Grier to deliver remarks

The Houston Independent School District is recognizing the efforts of thousands of volunteers and awarding the top volunteers of the year at the upcoming VIPS Recognition and Awards Program on May 22, 2013.

The Volunteers in Public Schools Program (VIPS) started in 1970 and to date, HISD has more than 30,000 volunteers district-wide who have dedicated countless hours to schools, programs and events across Houston.

During the VIPS Recognition and Awards Program, HISD will be giving numerous awards including the Jean Davis Meyer and Special Lifetime Achievement awards recognizing the most outstanding volunteers.

What:  VIPS Recognition and Awards Program

Who:  HISD Superintendent Terry Grier, HISD Board of Education President Anna Eastman, Trustees Rhonda Skillern Jones and Michael Lunceford and VIPS volunteers

When:  Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 9a.m.

Where:  Kingdom Builder’s Center, 6011 West Orem, Houston, 77085

Photo gallery: Volunteers honored for service to children, schools


The Houston Independent School District held its Volunteers in Public Schools breakfast and awards ceremony at the Kingdom Builders’ Center. The annual event honors exceptional volunteer contributions by individuals and organizations and was sponsored by the HISD Foundation and Randalls.

The Jean Davis Myers award, which is the highest honor, was presented to Urban Harvest and Pilar Hernandez, an Urban Harvest parent volunteer at Kolter Elementary.  The organization was recognized for its volunteer work in improving the quality of education in greater Houston. The organization’s district-wide outdoor learning environment initiative helps teachers create curriculum for outdoor classrooms.  The program also provides students hands-on learning in science, math, history, and other subjects.

A Special Lifetime Achievement award was presented to George W. Black for his service to HISD’s Volunteers in Public Schools for more than 25 years. Mr. Black, a retired Marine, oversees the student safety patrol and is a member of the Safety and Security Committee at Barrick Elementary.

Here is a list of the other honorees:

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HISD Celebrates Academic Excellence and Outstanding Achievements for the 2011-2012 School Year

Beginning this week there will be several recognition events held for Houston Independent School District students, faculty, and staff honoring exceptional academic achievements and contributions during the 2011-2012 school year.

  • Tuesday, May 22nd: 2012 Scholars Banquet will be held at 7 p.m. at the Westin Oaks Galleria (5011 Westheimer).  The event will honor the Class of 2012 valedictorians and salutatorians.  Gary Tuma, President and CEO of Smart Financial Credit Union, will be the keynote speaker.  Since its inception 78 years ago, Smart Financial Credit Union has been a valued community partner of HISD offering scholarships for graduating seniors.
  • Thursday, May 24th: Team HISD Celebration of Excellence will be held at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Americas Hotel (1600 Lamar Street).  At the event the 2012 Teachers of the Year will be named.  The Principals of the Year and each Employee of the Month will also be recognized.  This is the first time all of the honorees will be recognized during one celebration.
  • Wednesday, May 30th: Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) Recognition Breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. at Kingdom Builders’ Center (6011 West Orem).   This celebration will recognize parents, students, and community partners that volunteer their time at HISD schools.

HISD Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier will also be making remarks at all of the events.