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Waco ISD honors Adopt-a-School partners with annual awards

Waco ISD has a long history of strong community support in the form of volunteers and partnerships, specifically through the Adopt-a-School program which has been in place for more than 35 years. Each partnership between a campus and business or organization is unique, based on the needs of the campus and the resources of the partner. Generally, these partnerships fall into four categories: adult-student connections (mentoring and tutoring), incentives and motivation, workforce development and community service.

Each year, the district recognizes its partners with a celebratory event at the conclusion of the year to honor all partners and recognize that year’s recipients of the Adopt-a-School partnership awards. Although an in-person event was not able to be held for the 2019-2020 school year, the following individuals, businesses and organizations are being honored for their outstanding efforts to support the students and staff of Waco ISD through their partnerships.

Outstanding Partnership - Elementary
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church with Cedar Ridge Elementary School

Outstanding Partnership - Secondary
McLennan Community College with Waco High School

Outstanding Business Coordinator - Elementary
Donna Ondrey (H-E-B, Wooded Acres) with Parkdale Elementary School and Crestview Elementary School

Outstanding Business Coordinator - Secondary
Zach Depew (Tractor Supply) with Cesar Chavez Middle School

Outstanding Volunteer - Elementary
Brad Livingstone with West Avenue Elementary School

Outstanding Volunteer - Secondary
Dr. Dann Walker with Cesar Chavez Middle School

Outstanding School Coordinator
Travis Cheatham, Indian Spring Middle School

Golden Apple Award: Mentoring
First Baptist Church of Waco with Bell’s Hill Elementary School

Golden Apple Award: Tutoring
Bonnie Rinard (Central United Methodist Church) with Kendrick Elementary School

Golden Apple Award: Academic Enrichment - Elementary
*Bear2Bear with J.H. Hines Elementary School 

Golden Apple Award: Academic Enrichment - Secondary
Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC) with Indian Spring Middle School

Golden Apple Award: Community Service - Elementary
Mosaic Church with J.H. Hines Elementary School

Golden Apple Award: Community Service - Secondary
Target with Indian Spring Middle School

Golden Apple Award: Science and Math
PetSmart with Parkdale Elementary School

Golden Apple Award: Rookie of the Year
The New Black Collective with Indian Spring Middle School

Congratulations to this year's honorees, and thank you to all of our partners and volunteers for supporting our staff and students!

Pictures below are from award presentations with campus respresentatives and the honored individual, business and/or organization.
(*Pictures unavailable.)


St. Alban's Episcopal with Cedar Ridge
St. Alban's Episcopal Church (right) with Cedar Ridge Elementary School

MCC with Waco High
McLennan Community College (right) with Waco High School

Donna Ondrey with Parkdale
Donna Ondrey, HEB Wooded Acres (left), with Parkdale Elementary School

Zach Depew, Tractor Supply
Zach Depew, Tractor Supply, with Cesar Chavez Middle School

Brad Livingstone with West Avenue
Brad Livingstone (center) with West Avenue Elementary School

Dr Walker with Cesar Chavez Middle
Dr. Dann Walker (right) with Cesar Chavez Middle School

Travis Cheatham, Indian Spring
Travis Cheatham, Indian Spring Middle School

First Baptist Waco with Bell's Hill
First Baptist Church of Waco (second from left) with Bell's Hill Elementary School

Bonnie Rinard with Kendrick
Bonnie Rinard, Central United Methodist Church (far left), with Kendrick Elementary School

Baylor Interdisciplinary Corps with Indian Spring
Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (left) with Indian Spring Middle School

Mosaic Church with JH Hines
Mosaic Church (left) with J.H. Hines Elementary School

Target with Indian Spring
Target (left) with Indian Spring Middle School

PetSmart with Parkdale
PetSmart (left and center) with Parkdale Elementary School

The New Black Collective with Indian Spring  
The New Black Collective (left and center) with Indian Spring Middle School