Longtime Fort Worth ISD volunteer and community leader Loretta Burns is the recipient of the 2019 Heroes for Children Award for this region of Texas.
The award – announced by the State Board of Education – is bestowed on volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to student learning or who have demonstrated sustained periods of involvement and support of public education.
Ms. Burns will be honored on September 13 in Austin.
A story on Ms. Burns is slated to air on NBC 5 (KXAS) on Friday morning.
Fort Worth ISD nominated Ms. Burns for her long-time advocacy for at-risk children.
“This is a prestigious award as Ms. Burns is one of only 15 recipients statewide,” said Superintendent Kent P. Scribner. “We are grateful for her commitment to the children of Fort Worth and continually inspired by her example of leadership in empowering and supporting our Fort Worth ISD families.”
Ms. Burns is the founder and executive director of AB Christian Learning Center which provides out-of-school time academic enrichment programs to vulnerable youth. As an extension of this work, she started the Freedom School in 2014. This free six-week program focuses on summer reading and cultural enrichment for disadvantaged youth.
Ms. Burns is also chairperson for the Historic Stop Six Initiative Parent Engagement Committee that advocates on behalf of parents to ensure they are made participants in any academic decision-making process. Additionally, she serves in leadership roles for a number of organizations and groups that empower parents through education.
She’s also a member of the executive council of Read Fort Worth, a coalition of business and community leaders partnering with Fort Worth ISD in support of early literacy and the District’s 100X25 initiative (with a goal that 100 per cent of third-graders read at or above grade level by 2025.)
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