Omar Varela, a Career and Technical Education teacher at William D. Slider Middle School | Photo courtesy SISD
Omar Varela, a Career and Technical Education teacher at William D. Slider Middle School, was recognized by nonprofit organization 4-H and Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Program for his outstanding volunteering service.
“It was a surprise and humbling experience to learn that I was recognized by 4-H,” Varela said. “This would not be possible without a team of caring people from 4-H, Prairie View A&M University, William D. Slider Middle School and the SISD CTE department. I can’t thank them enough for what they do.”
In honor of National Volunteer Month, the PVAMU Cooperative Extension Program celebrated two volunteers for donating time and service to improve their communities.
Valera has worked with the 4-H El Paso community for about two years and has contributed over 60 hours of community service and has participated in countless programs.
Varela currently manages the Stallion 4-H Club at William D. Slider Middle School and works to recruit youth for a variety of Cooperative Extension Programs, including 4-H with Athletes For Computer Science, Heroes 4-Health, Living Ventures Youth Entrepreneurship, and There’s No New Water.
Volunteers, such as Varela, are critical in assisting CEP personnel to mobilize communities around the needs of the youth. Varela was recognized for his work at the county and district levels of service.