The Cleburne Chamber of Commerce will recognize Cleburne ISD’s 2019 Adopter of the Year during its quarterly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Cleburne Conference Center. The lunch is sponsored by United Cooperative Services.
The CISD Adopt-a-School program is a partnership with Cleburne ISD and the chamber to enable students to participate in unique activities, expose them to new ideas and learning opportunities and provide much-needed equipment and materials for teachers and schools.
The nominees for the Adopter of the Year include the Cleburne Lions Club, Horace Mann Insurance & Agent JD Cashion, St. Mark United Methodist Church, Holt Cat Cleburne, Pinnacle Bank, Stonewater Church, Wal-Mart Distribution Center, East Cleburne Community Center, First United Methodist Church Cleburne, Cleburne’s Dairy Queens stores, Burleson Nissan/Burleson Honda, Cleburne Elks Lodge, The Heights Church, Cleburne Bible Church’s iServe team, Friendship Circle of King’s Daughters and Cleburne Walmart.
CISD Community Relations Director Lisa Magers said the program was one of the first business and education partnership initiatives established in the state.
“Our adopters work with their campuses in so many ways,” Magers said. “While we always appreciate funding support, we also love adopter involvement. Many of our our participants are on their campuses throughout the year in making special presentations or volunteering at family night events as extra support.
“I am so grateful for the relationships that have been established between our adopters and our campus administrators and staff. Our schools know their adopters are a phone call away and there to help.”
Sabina Landeros, Santa Fe Elementary School principal, said there is not a day that goes by where they will not see a member of First United Methodist Church Cleburne on their campus.
“Their commitment to us begins each school year before the children even arrive, as church leaders meet with their members to discuss the different ways they can get involved in serving the needs of our school,” Landeros said. “FUMC volunteers serve as mentors, tutors, reading buddies, cafeteria monitors, club sponsors, teacher buddies and greeters for open house and after school programs. They write notes to our staff, provide gifts during the holidays and donate school supplies for students and teachers.
“They also donate library books, books for classroom libraries, clothing, Christmas presents for students, coats and blankets. They buy food products and put together and deliver snack packs for our needy children to be used over the weekend.
“They also have a group charged with the very important task of feeding our staff for appreciation breakfasts, lunches and dinners throughout the school year. We are so blessed by all they do for us.”
Chamber Executive Vice President Tara Janszen said it is their privilege to partner with CISD and host this luncheon honoring the dedication and contributions of the program.
“The partnerships between the adopters and the schools are so unique to each campus but always with the same goal of positively impacting the lives of students and teachers,” Janszen said. “As a chamber of commerce, we truly believe a strong public school system is essential to the prosperity of Cleburne and will continue to do our part to promote community support for our school district.”
First Financial Bank received the 2018 Adopter of the Year award, and Executive Vice President Duane Thomas said they were honored and humbled to receive the award. They partner with Cook Elementary School.
“Everyone who is involved with the schools should be nominated,” Thomas said. “Congratulations to those who are nominated this year.”
The luncheon also includes presentations from Cleburne High School students on new Career & Technical Education center classes, a state of the district address from CISD Superintendent Kyle Heath and a musical performance from the CHS jazz band.
The early bird rate is $20 for chamber members until today, $25 for chamber members and prospective members after that and $175 for a corporate table. For more information, call the chamber at 817-645-2455 or visit its Facebook page or cleburnechamber.com.