2018 Volunteer and Partnership Breakfast Celebrates Community Heroes

2018 Volunteer and Partnership Breakfast Celebrates Community Heroes
Posted on 05/29/2018
HeroesOn May 18, the Clear Creek Independent School District took time to reflect on the 2017-2018 school year and recognize community heroes who stepped up to help families rebound from a challenging start to the year.

The “Heroes and Hope” CCISD 2018 Volunteer and Partnership Breakfast kicked off with a video flashback of how the school year began. Invited guests watched the award winning “CCISD Strong” video, produced by Clear Springs High School A/V students, which chronicled the days immediately following Hurricane Harvey’s August 25 landfall and a community’s unity and recovery from the storm.

“Each of us can recount a story we lived, witnessed or heard of illustrating extraordinary selflessness,” said CCISD Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Greg Smith. “How can we ever thank this community enough for sorting and distributing mountains of clothing, food and other necessities for our families in need at the McWhirter Elementary Recovery Center?...For raising money to buy beds for children you didn’t know but heard were sleeping on concrete?...And for volunteering in one of our five schools-turned-shelters?” Dr. Smith went on to recognize the many individuals and organizations who were invaluable throughout the recovery and thanked everyone who contributed to the more than $170,000 donated to CCISD Cares and was distributed to families hardest hit by the storm and floods.

Volunteers were entertained by the Parr Elementary Drama Club, under the direction of Jason Goodsel and Elizabeth Kimbley, who performed songs from their recent production of Annie, Jr. The performance ended with the children singing the very fitting ‘The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow.”

The District announced Kids Hope USA as the 2018 Community Partner of the Year. An evidence-based proven intervention program, Kids Hope USA works with local churches to engage caring and dedicated volunteers to team with schools and support the social, emotional and academic needs of at risk students.

Click here to watch the Kids Hope USA video.

“Since CCISD entered into this partnership in 2012, our principals and teachers consistently testify that students matched with Kids Hope mentors demonstrate measurable improvements in their attendance, academic performance and behavior,” Smith said. The non-profit has instituted sound processes to engage the faith-based community while ensuring that the separation of church and state is respected, he said. President and CEO, David Staal was presented with the Community Partner of the Year award.

Each campus also selects a volunteer of the year who has been instrumental in the success of their school and students. This special group of volunteers was recognized by the more than 200 community members and staff in attendance at the annual breakfast. Listed below are the campus Volunteers of the Year:

Elementary Volunteers
of the Year


Intermediate Volunteers
of the Year


Armand Bayou Elementary

Rich Leeney

Bayside Intermediate

Stephanie McCoy

Bauerschlag Elementary

Lauren Watson

Brookside Intermediate

Holly Conrad

Bay Elementary

Warren Fitts

Clear Creek Intermediate

Kathleen McGlothlin

Brookwood Elementary

Allison Lorfing

Clear Lake Intermediate

Lisa Johnson

Clear Lake City Elementary

Jake Mireles

Creekside Intermediate

Charito Colocado

Falcon Pass Elementary

Diane Vicary

League City Intermediate

Alma Hendricks

Ferguson Elementary

Nicole Mihut

Seabrook Intermediate

Kari Balusek

Gilmore Elementary

Charito Calocado

Space Center Intermediate

Lisa Stiles

Goforth Elementary

David Saad

Victory Lakes Intermediate

Nicole Klages

Greene Elementary

Wayne Basta

Westbrook Intermediate

Kelli Glenn

Hall Elementary

Brook Syers

High School Volunteers
of the Year


Hyde Elementary

Jocelynn Dubcak

Clear Brook High School

Amy Biekert

Landolt Elementary

Karis McQuinn

Clear Creek High School

Janelle Leistad

League City Elementary

Shannon Bailey

Clear Falls High Schoo

Illana Blomquist

McWhirter Elementary

Yenis Bohorquez

Clear Horizons ECHS

Tammy Shinder

Mossman Elementary

Sarah Frey

Clear Lake High School

Wayne Buhrer

North Pointe Elementary

Meredith Bahnsen

Clear Springs High School

Robert Colton Schultz

Ralph Parr Elementary

Sarah Hunter

Clear View High School

Joanne Botto

Robinson Elementary

Kim Neal



Ross Elementary

Heather Valadez



Stewart Elementary

Lori Linder



Ward Elementary

Courtney Robertson



Weber Elementary

Melissa Page



Wedgewood Elementary

Kim Cowling



Whitcomb Elementary

Audra Davis



White Elementary

Alicia Morgan



From this list of nominations, an elementary and secondary volunteer of the year were chosen and announced at the partnership breakfast: Rich Leeney of Armand Bayou Elementary and Colton Schultz from Clear Springs High School.

Armand Bayou Principal Jenny Thomas was joined onstage by Leeney’s three granddaughters to surprise the Elementary Volunteer of the Year with the award. The grand daughters and CCISD students thanked their grandfather for being a role model to them and their friends and being so involved in their education and schools. Via a surprise video announcement, Clear Springs High School Principal Gail Love said that through his tireless support of the Culinary Arts and Band programs, among several other campus and district initiatives, Schultz has been the heart of that campus for many years.

Guests visited multiple tables at the Space Center Houston venue to view striking and eclectic table runners created by art students from many CCISD schools who included words of thanks in their artistic creations.

The CCISD Volunteer and Partnership Breakfast is sponsored and made possible by the support of Balfour, Photo Texas Photography and T-Shirt Trends.

Click here to view photos from the CCISD 2018 Volunteer & Partnership Breakfast.

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