On Wednesday, officials with the Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees announced the special honor two REL Washington Elementary School students earned for their constant efforts in supporting others.
Sisters Luna and Kyra Jacquez are united in their desire to make the world a little bit better by serving those in need both at their campus and in the greater community. Due to their dedication, they were awarded YISD’s President’s Award for the month of December.
Earlier this year, Luna and Kyra learned of a wish list posted online by the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence, which was set to open a newly rebuilt shelter for about 200 families in need. The Center’s wish list included basic household goods like furniture, dishes, bedding, and appliances.
Without hesitation, Luna and Kyra knew they wanted to help. They opened their hearts and wallets, and donated $167 of their own money to buy bedding, high chairs, and shower curtains to help make the shelter more comfortable for the families it serves.
Officials share that because Luna and Kyra are very aware of the needs of those around them, they also launched a special campaign to help fund student lunch accounts by placing a donation box in the school’s main office.
“On another occasion, they noticed several students walking to school in cold weather without jackets; within days, the sisters brought in several new jackets to provide to those students. They also regularly perform community service through their Girl Scout troop, participating in clothing drives for children in need and placing U.S. flags at Fort Bliss Cemetery for the Memorial Day holiday,’ YISD officials added.
“Kyra and Luna not only embody The District’s values, but they routinely put them into action for the betterment of others. They are a wonderful example of the Service Excellence we highlight at The District.”
The President’s Award is given by the President of the Board of Trustees to a YISD student who has demonstrated exceptional and/or innovative, out-of-the-ordinary service to others, particularly those within the YISD community.
Eligible YISD students must be nominated for the award by a school principal, assistant principal, or Trustee; and must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.