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SBOE Honors Russell Richter as 2018 Hero for Children

Russel Richter has volunteered in Thrall ISD for 30 years. He has packed up classrooms, unpacked
library materials, built flower beds, built baseball dugouts and removed debris from district property. A
paramedic, Richter also convinced the Thrall Fire Department to attend all home football games so that
they are on hand in case someone is injured. Richter serves on the district’s School Health Advisory
Committee, has presented at college and career days, and has taught lessons about heart health.
Thrall ISD is very grateful for Mr. Richter's service and is excited by this recognition of his volunteer time and projects from SBOE.

Fifteen volunteers who have collectively donated 223 years of service to Texas public schools will
receive the Heroes for Children award Sept. 14 from the State Board of Education (SBOE).
One outstanding school volunteer is selected from each board district. The SBOE recognized the
honorees in a ceremony at 9 a.m. in Room 1-104 of the William B. Travis State Office Building, 1701
N. Congress Ave., in Austin.
Each hero will receive an individual plaque recognizing his or her service, a copy of the resolution
scheduled for board approval, and photographs commemorating the ceremony. Each hero’s name will
also be engraved on a plaque that is permanently displayed at the Texas Education Agency. The SBOE
has now recognized 450 Texans with this award since the program was created in 1994.
“At this meeting, the board is scheduled to adopt a new Long-Range Plan for Public Education. One of
the goals of this plan is to increase family involvement with the schools. We couldn’t have better
examples of people who stay actively involved with their schools, often long after their own children
and grandchildren have graduated,” said SBOE Chair Donna Bahorich. “We are in awe of their commitment and are so grateful for the assistance the Heroes for Children award
recipients are providing,” she said.
Source: SBOE Press Release - Sept. 6, 2018