As part of National Volunteer Month in April, the annual Partners of the Year event was held to recognize hundreds of inspiring campus volunteers and business partners who donate their time and energy to enrich the education of thousands of NISD students.
Whether it is a high school student who donates her time to organizing mentoring activities at a local elementary school, a grandmother making costumes for middle school theater performances, or a non-profit organization that donates food to children or equipment for medically fragile students, these super volunteers enrich the lives of all NISD students.
Schools annually recognize Campus Partners-of-the-Year in four categories: Outstanding Business or Community Organization, Outstanding Mentor or Individual, Outstanding Coordinator, and Outstanding Partnership Program. More than 300 campus winners were recognized at the April 3 Partnerships Recognitions and Awards, held in conjunction with Fine ArtFest, a showcase of student artwork and performances from across the District.
District-wide winners were selected from among the campus winners and were individually recognized at the awards reception by NISD Superintendent Brian Woods and members of the Board of Trustees.
District Partner-of-the-Year winners will now compete at the state level in the Texas Association of Partners in Education (TAPE) awards contest.
Outstanding Business or Community Organization:
- Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union (Driggers, Mary Hull, Lewis, & Ott elementary schools)
- Harland Clarke (Neff Middle School)
- Chesmar Homes (Construction Careers Academy)
- Charity Ball Association (Reddix Center)
Outstanding Mentor or Individual:
- Elisabeth Lopez (Kuentz Elementary School)
- Chris “Potato” Aakhus (Luna Middle School)
- Alexander Brown (Jay High School)
Outstanding Coordinator of the Year:
- Hector Vega (Helotes Elementary School)
- Irene Zinsmeister (Ross Middle School)
- Christie Tran (Warren High School)
Outstanding Partnership Program:
- SA Youth Literacy (Boone Elementary School)
- SA Youth for Christ (Rudder Middle School)
- KENS 5 Mentoring Program (Jay High School)
- Jefferson Bank
- San Antonio Food Bank
Businesses interested in partnerships with Northside ISD can visit the Partnerships Coordinator on a campus nearby, call the NISD Partnerships Office at 397-8599, or visit the Partnerships website.