Nominations accepted through March 19th
The State Board of Education (SBOE) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Student Heroes Award.
The Student Heroes Award program recognizes Texas public school students in prekindergarten through high school who voluntarily work to assist or benefit their fellow Texas students.
SBOE Chair Donna Bahorich urged school and community members to nominate those students who voluntarily perform acts that improve their school or community.
Action of past recipients include mentoring struggling students, creating a program that provides essential supplies to children in foster care, providing stuffed animals to sick children, hosting birthday parties for students living at homeless shelters, establishing a school drumline, providing a support group for emotionally fragile students and voluntarily coaching a cheer squad that performs at Special Olympics events.
“Every day in our schools, students quietly commit unselfish acts of kindness. They don’t do so because it is a class assignment. They do so because they are people of good character who care about their fellow students. These young people make their schools and communities a better place because of their unselfish work,” Bahorich said.
“The Student Heroes Award given by the State Board of Education provides an opportunity for Texans to spotlight and recognize these caring students,” she said.
Up to 15 students – one per State Board of Education district – may receive the award each year. Anyone may nominate a Texas public-school student for the award.
Award requirements include the following:
- The service, assistance or good deed must be voluntary and not part of any curriculum, graduation requirements, class, or community project.
- The service, assistance or good deed must benefit other students in Texas, either individually or collectively.
- The benefit may be to students of one campus, a district, or a community.
Nominations will be accepted through 5 p.m. (CST) March 9.
Recipients of the Student Heroes awards will be announced in May. A plaque will be awarded to the Student Hero by his or her State Board member.
Nomination forms and program guidelines are available at http://tea.texas.gov/About_