(GUILLEN MIDDLE SCHOOL -- Dec. 17, 2019) —EPISD Community School volunteers were thanked for constantly going above and beyond in their efforts to help students and their families during a holiday luncheon last week.
The luncheon was just one way to thank the volunteers who make up EPISD’s efforts to connect students and families to community services aimed at helping them reach their academic and economic goals. The volunteers help with outreach like job fairs, food pantries and adult learning courses.
Community Schools is a program that currently serves six campuses in EPISD, as well as the neighborhoods surrounding them. The campuses are: Bowie High School, Guillen Middle School and Hart, Aoy, Douglass and Zavala elementary schools.
“This is a great program to get parents involved in their children’s school,” said Juan Adame, a VISTA volunteer with Community Schools program. “They do so much to help our kids and our parents … it’s our turn to thank, them.”
The luncheon included holiday treats like doughnuts and coffee, as well as steaming hot menudo. Participants also chatted and played games to celebrate a job well done.
But for many of the volunteers, the fun will be short-lived. They want to get back to serving their communities.
“I like to help,” said Amber Fernandez, who often helps the program with food pantry deliveries. “This program has helped a lot of people. And a lot of people come out.”
Story by Victoria Castillo Photos by Leonel Monroy