Fort Worth ISD Employee Honored as Hometown Hero for Securing Donations to Help Families in Need
As the community and parent coordinator for Fort Worth ISD’s International Newcomer Academy (INA), Faiha Al-Atrash has spent 11 years helping students and their families adjust to life in a new world. She has done some of her most challenging work in the last six months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic impacting refugee and immigrant families, which is why the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Lockheed Martin have named Faiha Al-Atrash a Hometown Hero.
In the last six months, Ms. Al-Atrash has collected donations to pay a family’s bills to help restore water and electricity at their home on a sweltering day; has given away food and pre-paid debit cards; set up stations to provide free food, clothing and furniture; and joined fellow employees to sort, bag and deliver food to 60 families in need.
Because of Ms. Al-Atrash’s dedication to her students and their families, FWISD employees Donna Munoz and Leticia Sanchez nominated Ms. Al-Atrash for recognition in the Star-Telegram’s Hometown Heroes series, which highlights people and their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
True to her selfless character, Ms. Al-Atrash emailed her coworkers to thank them for their support.
“I am honored and humbled by this recognition. To my dear friends and colleagues, Ms. Munoz & Ms. Sanchez, I am so touched by your kind words and for nominating me for this honor. It has been an amazing 11-year journey for me at INA. You have supported me both in good times and the challenging times. I am thankful to have the opportunity to support our students and their families while at INA and beyond.”