Harlandale ISD gears up for HEF Employee Fund Drive

The excitement for the Harlandale Education Foundation (HEF) Employee Fund Drive was palpable at the annual kick-off breakfast held at Don Pedro’s Mexican Restaurant on Jan. 30. The actual drive will be held Feb. 5 – 19.

Last year’s HEF Employee Fund Drive was a big success raising $64,290.35. This year, Harlandale ISD is encouraging everyone to keep the momentum going and help beat last year’s record.

Campus coordinators and administrators enjoyed a delicious breakfast, courtesy of Don Pedro, and received information to make this year’s Employee Fund Drive the best one yet. Every donation will be matched dollar for dollar by a special friend of Harlandale.

HISD Superintendent Gerardo Soto talked about the importance of supporting HEF this year.

“As we roar into this new decade, the funds form the HEF scholarship will make opportunities for our students to be equipped to meet the challenges in this 21st century by furthering their education and becoming productive citizens,” Soto said.

Attendees also heard special messages from HEF Board President Jim Adams, HEF Board Member Norma Martinez Lozano, HISD Board President Ricardo Moreno and HEF Scholarship recipients.

STEM Early College High School senior Roy Amaya is one of those recipients. He is grateful to receive the HEF scholarship, which will help him achieve his dream after enduring personal hardships.

“At STEM, we’re all trying to get our degrees faster to help our families and the communities we come from. During my freshman year, my mother was fighting breast cancer, and during my sophomore year, I was in a car crash that left me and my family members with severe injuries. They both took big emotional tolls,” Roy said. “Any financial aid is a blessing to us and will help further our goals and dreams that we have, and I know the HEF Scholarship will help me in furthering those dreams and help us achieve many of the opportunities that are laid in front of us.”

Roy will be graduating this year with both his associate’s degree from Palo Alto College and his high school diploma and will be majoring in bioengineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio next fall.

Throughout the two-week giving period, the Communications department will be putting out photos featuring current Harlandale ISD seniors who will talk about their higher education goals.

HEF hopes to create a college-going community by offering a $625 or $1,250 scholarship to every HISD graduate who shows proof of attendance at any college, university or technical school. Since its initiation in 1999, HEF has raised nearly $1.6 million and awarded more than 2,000 scholarships.


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