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State Board of Education honors Herbert Gordon as a Hero for Children

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Herb Gordin Austin Award Herbert (Herb) Gordon, a long-time resident of Humble ISD, is one of 15 Texans recognized by The State Board of Education (SBOE) for their service to Texas public schools. They were honored with the Heroes for Children award at the SBOE meeting in Austin on Sept. 19.

“Tucked away with other keepsakes is my original Oaks Elementary PTA membership card from 1985, the year my wife and I joined shortly after relocating to Humble ISD,” said Gordon. “I’ve been a member ever since. When I look at it, I can’t help but smile as nearly 30 years worth of memories come to mind; service, transformations, friendships and the fruits of a community’s hard and tireless work. I consider myself lucky and blessed to have a space in that history.”

The Heroes for Children honorees are selected by the State Board members and recognized for volunteering their time and talents to help improve the public schools in their communities. Each hero received a certificate of honor, a copy of the resolution scheduled for board approval, and photographs commemorating the ceremony. Each hero's name was engraved on a plaque that is permanently displayed at the Texas Education Agency.

Herb Gordon-PreK playground At Oaks Elementary, and subsequently at five other elementary campuses, Gordon helped develop plans, secure bids and oversee installation of asphalt walking tracks - something few elementary schools have. He was also a member of the Humble ISD Council of PTAs where he served as Chairman of the Youth Protection committee for a number of years. It was in this capacity that he launched the very popular Humble ISD CommUNITY Health and Safety Fair, an annual event for many years. Gordon served on the first Site-Based Committee at Oaks Elementary, and later at several middle schools. He served on many committees at the district level, including the Bond Committee, to help educate the community about the needs of Humble ISD schools.

“Mostly, I give of my time wherever I can - cookie dough distribution, handing out glasses of tea or water, hauling bags of mulch, planting flowers, soliciting funds or donations, serving hot dogs, trimming bushes, attending meetings,” said Gordon. “This is where you can really see what volunteering is all about. On the campuses, in the community, among the students. Every now and then, I’ll run into a graduate from Oaks who will recognize me, and remember seeing me at various events through the years. It warms my heart to know they remember it, and appreciate it.”

Gordon has received numerous awards for volunteering, including the Extended Service Award and Life Membership Award from the Humble ISD PTA, and the District Volunteer Award.

“My wife passed away in 2000, and my children have long since graduated and moved on,” said Gordon. “At 72 years of age, some might say my ties to Humble ISD and my duty to our schools are over. That my dues have been paid. But I continue to live in and support the community that I love, that was so good to my family over the years. I want to continue to pay it forward, and to ensure the schools and school communities continue to be a great place to live, work, study and play for generations of students to come.”

Herb Gordon-garden The State Board of Education meeting and award ceremony was broadcast online. A link to the webcast is posted at http://www.texasadmin.com/tea.shtml.

Recipients of the 2014 Heroes for Children include: Javier Hernandez, Ector County ISD; Lorena A. Cuellar, Weslaco ISD; Dave Gannon, Northside ISD; Eugene Jones, Houston ISD; Lois White, Austin ISD; Karri Parlevliet, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD; Carol Scott, Fort Bend ISD; Gustavo Perez, Leander ISD; Guessippini Bonner, Lufkin ISD; Nicole Frieder, Coppell ISD; Relda Beall, Anna ISD; Michael W. Johnston, Fort Worth ISD; Shauna Ramos, Burleson ISD; Dyron Howell, Amarillo ISD.