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School Board recognizes 2018 Texas Hero for Children
From left, School Board President Charles Cunningham, Volunteer Laura Clarke, and Humble ISD Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen. Clarke was honored with a Board Commendation for earning state recognition.
The Humble ISD School Board commended volunteer Laura Clarke at the August 14 Board meeting for being selected to receive the 2018 Heroes for Children Award, District 8. She is one of only 15 awardees selected by the State Board of Education and will be presented with a plaque and a resolution during a ceremony in Austin this September.
Laura Clarke has been helping Humble ISD students for over 18 years with her volunteer service. Clarke started many volunteer programs during this time, including a traveling clothes closet to help give fifth graders with formal clothes for their schools’ manners banquet.
In addition to volunteer work for her childrens’ school, Clarke also provided more for those who have less. Examples of Clarke’s dedication to help others include the following:
- She organized a book drive for students at Title 1 Schools to have books over the summer so they would not fall behind when school started. She encouraged every school in Humble ISD to get involved and donate books. More than 3,000 books were collected and distributed to the students of nine Title 1 schools, and she coordinated service organizations at the high schools to participate and help sort books.
- Clarke spearheaded a hot and cold cereal collection drive for several social service agencies in the area to have food for families during the summer. Through her efforts, three SUVS were filled with breakfast foods for local children.
- Clarke served on a committee to bring a CommUNITY Health and Safety Fair to Humble ISD. She volunteered to provide the food for vendors, volunteers, and employees to help make the Fair a success. She also secured the location for the Fair. Texas Children’s Hospital gave free vaccinations to families with low income. Over 850 vaccines were given at this event.
- Clarke learned that the Project Graduation Committee at a local high school did not have sufficient funds to host a graduation event for the senior class. She immediately called the school to organize a "Senior Showcase" fundraiser. She volunteered to cook a spaghetti supper for parents while students performed. She volunteered to donate silent auction items. Seniors were excited they were going to be honored with a dinner and a chance to perform. Clarke also enlisted the help of a rival high school to help set up, serve the dinner, and clean up. The evening was a huge success with Project Graduation raising $3,500 that night.
As Humble ISD employee Marilyn Mann wrote in her nomination letter to the State Board of Education, “No matter what the need a child may have, Laura is there to help make sure the child can thrive at his or her school. She is a hero with x-ray vision, pinpointing what needs to be done to make this child feel safe, loved, and valued.”