Foundation names 2016 Lamplighter honorees
Bramlette Elementary School
J. L. Everhart Elementary School
Hudson PEP Elementary School
Johnston-McQueen Elementary School
South Ward Elementary School
Inspired by the children’s book "My Great-Aunt Arizona" by Gloria Houston, the book inspires students to remember a special teacher or educational support member who holds a magical place in their hearts and minds.
Fifth graders, eighth graders, and seniors read the children’s book and write essays about their one special educator. Each campus then sends its best essays to the Longview ISD Foundation, and a committee of Foundation board members reads the essays and determines the educator and student honorees from each LISD. Campus.
LISD Foundation director Kay Ray said the Lamplighter Awards offers students an opportunity "to pay public tribute to that one special person on their campuses whom the students always carry with them in their hearts and minds just as Gloria Houston always carries her great-aunt Arizona in her mind."
During the banquet retired Longview High School art teacher Ellen Herbert will be presented with the Cornerstone Award for her dedicated service to her students and to the outstanding art program at Longview High School, Ray said.
"For sixteen years, Mrs. Herbert’s art students have provided original art work for the Lamplighter Awards event program," she said.
Ray said the LISD Foundation is planning for the Lamplighter Awards to be a memorable event for students and those they honor, "one that will surpass the overwhelming success of previous banquets."
"Please join the Foundation and the event’s sponsors as we celebrate outstanding educators, the students they serve, and the admiration the students have for their special educators," she said.
Tickets for this year’s Lamplighter Awards are available from Kay Ray, Foundation director, for $25 each. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (903) 452-7015.
All proceeds from this event are used to fund the Foundation’s annual Great Rewards for Great Ideas Grant Program and annual Campus Initiative Grant Program.
Since 1996, the Longview ISD Foundation has funded 626 Great Rewards for Great Ideas grants, returning $626,468.30 to LISD classrooms to maximize educational opportunity for all LISD students.
In addition, the Foundation has funded twenty-five Campus Initiative Grants to promote campuswide student achievement for a total of $65,738.62.