I am proud to announce that I was again awarded the FWISD’s Golden Achievement Award for Partnership Excellence.
I decided to adopt the Rufino Menoza Elementary School six years ago. This is a wonderful, hard working, 99% Hispanic school on the North Side. It is named in honor of Fort Worth’s first Hispanic police chief.
I have focused on supporting Mendoza’s after-school running club, since I have belatedly something of an exercise fanatic in my 50s. I enjoy running and walking with the children around the school and cheering them on at their 5K races.
I have also paid for registration fees, prizes and medals to students and faculty, hats and gloves, and books and athletic supplies, including the first ever Mendoza Running Club t-shirt.
I have spoken to the kids at every opportunity in an attempt to motivate them to study as hard as possible, stay in school, pick a career, go to college, and achieve their dreams. I have participated in every Career Day program and talked to the children about their studies, ideal jobs, college plans, and goals. I have urged the children to study, exercise, eat healthy foods, and do the other things necessary to excel.
I fervently believe in the importance of hard work, physical fitness and proper nutrition and want to teach those important messages to our children to improve their lives.
I want to try to make a difference in the lives of our local children and invest in the future of this wonderful city.