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Elementary and Primary Education
Houston Independent School District
News Release
Friday, December 02, 2011

Houston’s Commitment to Service is Recognized
by the State’s Largest Organization for Education Volunteers

Houston Companies, Volunteers and Students Will Receive  Recognition  

 The Houston Independent School District (HISD) owes so much of its success to partnering companies, community organizations and individuals who freely give their time in support of education. In some cases great partnerships are created by our students.

Those efforts were recently recognized by the Texas Association for Partnership in Education (TAPE), the state’s largest organization for education volunteers. Sixteen HISD partners will be recognized at TAPE’s mid-winter conference in January.

Brette Machiorlette, a Lamar High School student, is among the honorees. A member of the Lamar tennis team, Machiorlette, knows the value of offering service and desiring nothing in return.   In tennis it’s called an “ace”.  For her service project titled, Reading Aces, Machiorlette thought it would be a great idea to volunteer to read to children who share her love for the game.

So, Machiorlette partnered with the City of Houston Parks Department’s free tennis instruction program and read to the students who participated.  What started, in her sophomore year, as a way to meet the service requirement for the International Baccalaureate program at Lamar has now netted more than 70 volunteers from Lamar and other area high schools who read to children throughout the year in parks all over the city.

For her efforts, TAPE has recognized Machiorlette with their award for Service Learning.

“I am so honored and glad for so many other students who turned this effort into something special,” said Machiorlette.  Though she is a senior, there is a plan to keep the program going after she graduates.

“HISD appreciates and values our great partners. They are so deserving of the upcoming statewide recognition.   It is truly phenomenal that HISD partners/partnerships captured so many of the awards in various categories, including the district’s Gold award for the inaugural HISD/City of Houston Back to School Fest event,” said Caleen Allen, General Manager, Strategic Partnerships. “We thank TAPE for giving our partners an opportunity to shine for all the wonderful work they do to support public education.”

The Awards will be handed out at the TAPE Mid-Winter conference taking place Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at the Austin Convention Center.

HISD Partnership Winners included: 

Crystal Award Winners:

Business Partnership Award - Career Education
St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital Personal Care Assistant, Communities in Schools Houston
Business Partnership Award - STEM
Community Partnership Award - Art
Houston Symphony
Community Partnership Award - Health
Houston Museum of Natural Science Mini Health and Science Museum Project, Whidby Elementary School
Individual Partnership Award – Partnership Advocate
Carol Spencer
 Individual Partnership Award - Role Model
Caronetta Jones
Individual Partnership Award - Wisdom
Doris Harrison
Partnership Program Award - Mentoring
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Emerging Young Leaders

Gold Award Winners:

Business Partnership Award - Career Education
Smart Financial Credit Union, Lamar HS Mini-Branch
Community Partnership Award - Career Education
Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals
Community Partnership Award - STEM
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce
Individual Partnership Award – Partnership Advocate
Lamar H.S.
Partnership Program Award - Volunteer
Deloitte IMPACT Day
Individual Partnership Award - Role Model
Moran Norris
Individual Partnership Award - Youth Leadership
Connie Ho
Special Event Award
City of Houston-HISD Back to School Fest

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