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Fort Worth ISD Honors Partners and Volunteers at Appreciation Luncheon

Nearly 300 guests celebrated the many community partners and volunteers who support Fort Worth ISD at the Partner and Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon April 22, which was the first day of National Public School Volunteer Week.

The program included remarks by Superintendent Dr. Kent P. Scriber. He thanked partners and volunteers for their continued support and said many times that “You Belong Here,” just as students and staff belong in Fort Worth ISD.

Luncheon attendees included representatives from civic groups, community organizations, non-profits, churches, military, government offices, and businesses both large and small, as well as individual volunteers who donate time on campus. Throughout the year, partners donate school supplies, backpacks, uniforms and more. This school year, nearly 13,000 volunteers have logged more than 42,000 hours in service to our schools.

“We can tally the resources and add up the hours you donate, but we will truly never know the lifelong impact of your investment in our students and their families,” Scribner said. “The impact of your generosity is beyond measure, and again, you demonstrate every day that you belong here.”

There were three sets of speakers who shared stories of how their partnership or volunteer program benefits a particular campus or the entire district. Each pair of speakers represented a school and a partner or volunteer.

  • Manuel Jara Elementary Assistant Principal Adrianne Collins
  • EECU Director Social Responsibility & Community Involvement Barbara Walker


  • Como Montessori Principal Ronnita Carridine
  • Read2Win Community Volunteer Debra Barnes


  • L. Phillips Elementary Principal Whitney Clark
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Tarrant County Board Member Joe Alcala

The luncheon ended with an enthusiastic performance by Wedgwood 6th Grade Center’s show choir, the Vocal Warriors. The 32-member group is the school’s first show choir. Students sing and perform choreography under the direction of Cara Craggett.


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