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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Woo-Hoo crew make rounds of KISD schools

Woo-Hoo crew make rounds of KISD schools

DAVID MORRIS

Evening Star

The WOO-HOO Crew from KISD’s Community Relations Office made their way through 16 campuses last week awarding 32 students with an Android Tablet for their hard work and dedication.  This marks the final trip through Killeen ISD for the crew that awarded 32 Amazon tablets thanks to the Whitis Foundation.

“My overall goal is to enhance the collaborative relationship between the district and community partners. I thoroughly enjoy experiencing the excitement and encouragement from students and staff when we (KISD) click with our community.  The outpour of student support from the Whitis Foundation is helping us take students to the next level of reaching their maximum potential,” Angenet Wilkerson said. “Together, we’re making a difference and changing the game for some well deserving students.”

More than 50 tablets were awarded to the students of Killeen Independent School District this school year. The Whitis Foundation has awarded KISD students for their hard work and commitment to success since 2014. Campus Administrators were asked to identify students who demonstrated self-determination and were successful in overcoming a challenge.

“Those who know the Whitis family know that their hearts have always been with this community. And it’s because they believe in the values that made central Texas a great place to live that they formed The Whitis Foundation. So they could give back to the community that they love.  So when KISD asked if we might be interested in helping, of course we said yes,” Josh Welch of The Whitis Foundaiton.

Several campus leaders report students and parents are truly thankful for the gift they received from the Whitis Foundation.  The purpose of the gift is to encourage students to stay on the right path and to make the best choices.

“Working with KISD, their leadership and schools, as well as their teachers and kiddos, has been a wonderful and heartwarming opportunity to give a little support back to deserving kids and reward the extra effort that we find everywhere,” said Welch.

“District administration and the schools focus on the good stuff that the Whitis Family is built on: character, performance, and community pride. We look forward to nurturing the community partnerships we have for years to come.”

Whitis Foundation: 

Successful Student Awards Spring 2017:

1) West Ward–Adams, Maureen:

2) East Ward–Baker, Norma:  Hugo Velasquez and Zakiya Clark

3) Bellaire–Loney, Lavonda

4) Ira Cross–Sias, Tomas:  Jamy Laywell and Kenya Ford, Jr.

5) Harker Heights–Dugger, Carolyn:  Macaria Stringham and Alejandro Medrano

6) Peebles–Dudley, Gayle:  Daniel Gonzalez and Carmen Aviles

7) Brookhaven–Felder, Iris:  Elijah Williams and Rosa Lopez

8) Hay Branch–Spearman, Cassandra

9) Sugar Loaf–Simmons, Violet:  Lederion Grant and Archlyne Binios

10) Trimmier–Batts, Penny:  America Duplan-Perez and Thomas Lomax

11) Clifton Park–Snyder, Catherine:  Hayden Warriner and Te’Lyn Graves

12) Pershing Park–Butler, Linda:  Gabriel Rodriguez Trabal and Ki-Ara Taylor

13) Maxdale–Evans, Bobbie :  Lesenya Braziel and Sovereign Ervin

14) Reeces Creek–Taylor, Michelle K:  Janeese Benefield-Cottrell and Dennis Medders

15) Cavazos–Gullekson, Joseph:  Jameer Adkinson and Liliana Magdeleno

16) Willow Springs—Pennington, Denise:  Allison Tolliver and Jaydon Pangelinan

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