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D.D. Hachar Elementary School volunteer named Hero for Children
D.D. Hachar Elementary School volunteer named Hero for Children

If you walk the halls of D.D. Hachar Elementary School, you’ll notice many attractive bulletin boards and decor that are certainly appreciated by the 550 students enrolled at the campus. Children often stop to study the engaging messages which promote the school’s academic mission. The bulletin boards add personality to the campus hallways and speak volumes about what the faculty values most.


The artwork are the creations of Maria Isabel Estevane, Hachar Elementary volunteer who was presented with the 2019 Heroes for Children award by the State Board of Education (SBOE) on Friday morning in Austin. Estevane is one of 15 award recipients statewide who were recognized for the outstanding service and support given to the school community.


Estevane, family members, friends, and representatives from the Laredo Independent School District traveled to Austin for her award presentation during the SBOE’s general  meeting. After being introduced by SBOE Secretary Georgina C. Perez of El Paso, Estevane received a plaque and a copy of a board resolution honoring her service, a certificate of recognition from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, and photographs commemorating the ceremony. Her name will also be engraved on a perpetual plaque that is permanently displayed at the Texas Education Agency in Austin.


Estevane has been a volunteer at D.D. Hachar Elementary for 12 years and last school year alone volunteered more than 2,250 hours. She has been recognized as the Laredo ISD parent volunteer with the most service hours for two years in a row. Estevane’s activities include chaperoning field trips, covering cafeteria lunch duty, and decorating bulletin boards. Estevane created crafting opportunities that drew parents to the school and eventually recruited them to became volunteers too. Her school now has more than 150 active volunteers who donated about 23,000 hours of service during the last school year.


“The amount of service provided by these 15 Heroes for Children award recipients is awe inspiring. These volunteers daily demonstrate a huge commitment to their communities and to children. They provide important services that have literally changed the lives of children. We hope they will inspire others to volunteer in their local schools,” said SBOE Chair Donna Bahorich.


LISD Superintendent Dr. Sylvia G. Rios believes Ms. Estevane is a worthy recipient of the Heroes for Children award.  “Ms. Estevane renders selfless acts of service by offering her time, effort, and support to D.D. Hachar Elementary School and its students,” she said.  “She has made outstanding contributions to the campus and has demonstrated sustained periods of involvement and support to our school community. She also brings to our school and district a friendly and welcoming presence. On behalf of the entire school district, we congratulate her and thank her for contributions to D.D. Hachar Elementary School.”

D.D. Hachar Elementary Principal Cynthia Villarreal nominated Estevane for the award. “I don’t think she understands how important she is to Laredo ISD and the parental involvement program in our school. She is the heart and soul of everything we do for parental involvement,” Villarreal said. “What we have tried to create is an environment where learning is for everyone.  Ms. Estevane gives classes on wreath-making, glass-etching, making paper flowers, etc.  She is so creative and does not hesitate to share her knowledge with anyone who wants to learn.” 

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