Reading to kids, providing them with clothing, and helping them attend field trips are just some of the reasons why Mark Daly, the PTA Clothes Closet, and First United Methodist Church of Hurst were recognized at a recent awards luncheon. The Texas Association of Partners in Education (TAPE) presented awards to these Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD volunteers for their dedication to students at their recent state recognition luncheon.

Each fall, TAPE asks school districts to nominate volunteers and organizations that support students. A panel of judges reads through the applications and then invites finalists to an awards luncheon in January in Austin. 

Mark Daly -- Finalist in Individual Partnership -- Role Model Category

Mark Daly was nominated by Donna Park Elementary School for six years of reading to first graders. An American Airlines pilot with grown children and a new grandchild, Daly loves reading and kids. He said he enjoys meeting the younger siblings of students he read to years ago. 

HEB Council of PTAs Clothes Closet -- Finalist in Community Partnerships -- Academic impact Category

PTA member Faith Waligora nominated the HEB Clothes Closet because of the thousands of children they have provided clothing to since 1987. Volunteer Melody Davenport said they have provided clothing to 1,200 children through this January. They served just over 1,300 all of last year. Davenport is herself a previous TAPE winner for her work with the Clothes Closet. 

First United Methodist Church of Hurst -- Finalist in Community Partnerships -- Academic impact Category

Bellaire Elementary School nominated First United Methodist Church of Hurst (FUMC) for their many years of supporting the school. Church volunteers have provided school supplies for students, donated coats and jackets, raised funds for field trips, supplied nutritious snacks for holiday parties, wrapped books for the holiday book exchange, provided Thanksgiving meals for Bellaire families, as well as mentored and tutored students in various academic subjects.
FUMC is a previous TAPE award winner. While the church was not able to send a representative to the awards luncheon, they will be presented with their award very soon.