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FWISD Parent Leader Recognized with State Heroes for Children Award

Fort Worth ISD parent leader and public education advocate Ken Kuhl is a 2022 recipient of the Heroes for Children Award.

The Fort Worth ISD Council of PTAs president was presented with the recognition Friday, Sept. 2, in Austin. The Heroes for Children Award, established by the Texas State Board of Education in 1994, honors education advocacy excellence and volunteers for their efforts and contributions to the state’s public education system.

Mr. Kuhl, a longtime Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) member, joined his local parent organization when his daughter started pre-kindergarten with the Fort Worth ISD.

As a parent volunteer, he has helped organize the annual school carnival at his daughter’s elementary school, mentored a special education student, participated in door-to-door outreach to register students for school, and educated parent groups on how to advocate for their child, the whole class, and their school at the campus, district, and state levels.

At the outset of the COVID pandemic, Mr. Kuhl secured a national Parent Teacher Association (PTA) grant to build outdoor classrooms. He also organized districtwide mask distribution and vaccine registration events and hosted virtual town halls with FWISD administrators that informed and answered parent questions about virtual learning and return-to-school options.

Mr. Kuhl galvanized parent support behind the $1.211 billion 2021 FWISD capital improvement bond project that will fund the construction, renovation, and upgrade of District middle schools, new elementary schools, and four early childhood centers embedded in schools around FWISD.

In his time as a parent volunteer, Mr. Kuhl has brought together state and local elected officials for a districtwide PTA luncheon highlighting the association’s mission and equitable public education.

“No matter how small or big the task is, he does what is necessary to help families and students,” wrote Alma Pohler, volunteer specialist for the Family and Community Outreach and Marketing, in an essay nominating Mr. Kuhl for the Heroes for Children Award. “His outstanding performance in the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) of his daughter’s school and the Fort Worth ISD Council of PTAs has earned him the esteem of parents, the admiration of teachers, the respect of principals, and the appreciation of the Fort Worth ISD leadership.”