Feb. 21, 2017
AUSTIN – The
State Board of Education (SBOE) is now accepting nominations for the 2017
Student Heroes Award.
Heroes Award program recognizes Texas public school students in prekindergarten
through high school who voluntarily work to assist or benefit their fellow
SBOE Chair Donna
Bahorich urged school leaders to nominate those students who are shining examples
of good character and citizenship.
“Every day in
our schools, students commit unselfish acts of kindness. They don’t do so
because it is a class assignment. They do so because they are people of good
character who care on a very personal level about helping fellow students. They
make their schools and communities a better place because of their work,” she
Heroes Award provides an opportunity for Texans to spotlight and recognize
these caring students,” Bahorich said.
Up to 15 students
– one per State Board of Education district – may receive the award each year. Anyone
may nominate a public school student for the award.
service/assistance or good deed must be voluntary and not part of any
curriculum, graduation requirements, class, or community project.
service/assistance or good deed must benefit other students in Texas, either
individually or collectively.
benefit may be to students of one campus, a district, or a community.
the Student Heroes awards will be announced in May. A plaque will be awarded to
the Student Hero by his or her State Board member. The deadline for nominations
is March 27.
Examples of activities
recognized last year include students voluntarily serving as mentors,
collecting and distributing stuffed animals to ill children, and creating a
non-profit organization to break down cultural barriers.
and program guidelines are available at http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Awards/Student_Heroes/ or for more information please email