Aldine ISD Board members, administrators and principals said a great big “thank-you” to the districts many business partners by hosting them at the district’s annual Business Partners Appreciation Luncheon, held Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Doubletree Intercontinental Hotel.
More than 300 district leaders and business partners attended the event. Each business partner who attended received a certification of appreciation from the principal and at whose school they volunteer. District departments also honored their business partners at the luncheon.
Eisenhower High School senior Robert Turner served as the emcee.
Robert serves as one of Superintendent’s Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney’s student ambassadors, played football for Eisenhower and earned a football scholarship to Henderson State University. He formed his own organization, RT2 in November of 2018 to give back to underprivileged youths. He organized a food drive last November and in December headed up a toy drive.
He thanked the business partners for giving of their time and resources to assist Aldine ISD students and staff.
“We would like to thank all of the organizations and businesses that have helped all of the Aldine schools, whether through monetary donations or volunteering time out of your busy schedules. We really appreciate each and everyone of your for all you do for Aldine ISD.”
The Hambrick Middle School LOTC presented the colors and after the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Pledge to the Texas Flag, Sheleah Reed, Chief Communications Officer, introduced Board members who attended and Dr. Goffney’s Executive Leadership Team. Board President Steve Mead, Board Vice President Connie Esparza and Board Member Rose Avalos attended the luncheon.
Abel Garza, assistant superintendent of community and governmental relations, introduced elected officials and their representatives in attendance.
Minister Rafael Rodriguez of Templo Poder y Gozo Church delivered the invocation.
Following lunch, Mr. Mead delivered remarks thanking business partners for their dedicated service to Aldine.
“This is a special event that I look forward to each year,” Mr. Mead said. “We believe it is important to pause and personally let you know how much your support and partnership means. This annual luncheon is our simple way of saying thanks.”
Mr. Mead, who grew up in Aldine and graduated from Aldine High School, has run Component Sales and Service in the middle of Aldine for more than 50 years.
“As a business partner myself, I know first hand that running a business is a time-consuming undertaking and there are only so many hours in a day that we can use to get out of the office and spend time mentoring a student, volunteering at a campus or providing resources for a school festival, book drive or some other worthy activity that promotes student achievement,” he said. “On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, I want to thank you for the time and energy you devote to our schools and the 67,000 students we serve.”
Following Mr. Mead was Orange Grove Elementary School Principal Ana Flores-Bolivar and Orange Grove counselor Tarena Berry.
They also spoke of the importance of having business partners work with them and their students.
“The business community partnership is described as a mutually supportive relationship between the business and community partners, along with the school or the entire school district,” Flores-Bolivar said.
Berry said do more than simply donate their time and resources, they play a vital role in the education of Aldine ISD’s students.
“Community engagement increases when partners are involved in helping to build campus vision, its mission and plans,” Berry said. “Partners impact student achievement and academics by filling in gaps in instructional and administrative support areas.
Dr. Goffney closed the luncheon by also thanking Aldine’s business partners and asked for their continued support.
“I want you to know how much we value the partnerships we have developed with so many of you in this room,” Dr. Goffney said. “One of the highlights of my first seven months as superintendent was participating with many of you in the Sale of Champions at our annual FFA Livestock Show. But that is only one example of how you have supported our students. Today we’ve heard specific examples from a student, a principal, a counselor and even our very own Board President.”
Dr. Goffney said Aldine’s business partners have made a positive impact on the district’s students.
“That what it’s all about, giving to our children,” she said. “You keep coming back, and we thank you for doing so.”
Prior to the start of the luncheon, the Aldine High School Jazz Band entertained the crowd. The Jazz Band was under the direction of Jeremy Gray.
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