Partners in Education, school liaisons start year off right with orientation, exhibition

The Socorro Independent School District recently hosted its fifth annual Partners in Education Orientation and Exhibition at the SISD District Service Center.

The yearly PIE event gives businesses in partnership with SISD and school liaisons an opportunity to meet, get reacquainted, plan fundraisers or activities, and schedule appointments for the school year.

SISD Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D., greeted the partners in education and liaisons with a special presentation to highlight the district’s achievements, including its recent A rating and postsecondary readiness distinction from the Texas Education Agency. Board trustees Eduardo Mena and David Morales also were at the event to thank and welcome the partners and liaisons.

This year’s exhibition included Barnes & Noble, Craze, First Light Federal Credit Union, Peter Piper Pizza, and STAPLES, among many others. The businesses and organizations provide information, network with the liaisons and provide samples of their products.

“We started this as an opportunity to basically get the ball rolling at the beginning of the school year. It was designed to be a one-stop shop,” said Maya Kirtley, public relations specialist and Partners in Education coordinator. “School liaisons are able to come in, make those initial appointments and contacts with our business partners. We’re excited about this being our fifth year of this great orientation and exhibition event.”

The SISD Partners in Education program follows its motto of “in business for student success” by working to help the businesses that are partnered with the district and provide valuable resources and donations to the schools.

“As much as our partners help Socorro ISD, we want them to know we want to help them as well in any capacity,” Kirtley said.

Both the partners in education and the school liaisons said they look forward to the orientation event every year because it positively sets the motion for the rest of the school year.

“We get to interact and meet the vendors that are going to help us throughout the year and assist us with incentives to motivate the students to continue to grow academically,” said Helen Ball school liaison Mytzi Hernandez

Many partners expressed great appreciation for their partnership with SISD.

Mauricio Carrillo, franchise owner of Bahama Bucks in El Paso, said he looks forward to the annual opening event because it’s an opportunity to introduce himself and meet with administrators, teachers and educators, and he gets to meet up with old friends and make new ones.

“Any event the schools will have us for, we are proud to be a part of,” said Carillo, who has been a partner with SISD for 12 years. “It gives us a chance to show the community what we do, what we’re capable of doing and maybe along the way help train and develop future leaders.”

Team SISD has more than 300 Partners in Education that provide valuable assistance to the district and schools such as monetary and in-kind donations and mentor and community service to help students, teachers and schools.

Learn more about the SISD Partners in Education program, vist the web page.