Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on Arlington: Teacher of Excellence Awards presented by Arlington Masonic Lodge

Six teachers were feted recently by the Arlington Masonic Lodge and honored with Teacher of Excellence Awards. Leah Brady (Miller Elementary) received top honors, and others recognized were Suzi Ketch (Sherrod Elementary), Angela Peragine (Crouch Elementary), Jennifer Hills (Farrell Elementary), Sarah Cowman (Bebensee Elementary) and Margaret Johnson (Short Elementary).
Six teachers were feted recently by the Arlington Masonic Lodge and honored with Teacher of Excellence Awards. Leah Brady (Miller Elementary) received top honors, and others recognized were Suzi Ketch (Sherrod Elementary), Angela Peragine (Crouch Elementary), Jennifer Hills (Farrell Elementary), Sarah Cowman (Bebensee Elementary) and Margaret Johnson (Short Elementary).

Congratulations to the six teachers who were feted recently by the Arlington Masonic Lodge and honored with Teacher of Excellence Awards. Leah Brady (Miller Elementary) received top honors, and others recognized were Suzi Ketch (Sherrod Elementary), Angela Peragine (Crouch Elementary), Jennifer Hills (Farrell Elementary), Sarah Cowman (Bebensee Elementary) and Margaret Johnson (Short Elementary).

The organization has a long history of supporting education in Arlington. According to Zachary Haston, the chairman of the Public Schools Committee, Arlington Masonic Lodge No. 438 has been involved with public education since the founding of Arlington and loaned its building for use as the first public school in Arlington.

The Teacher of Excellence Awards recognize outstanding elementary school teachers within the Arlington school district grouped by the high school attendance zones they feed. Principals from each elementary school nominate a teacher, and the education committee selects a winner from each high school cluster after carefully evaluating the credentials of each nominee. The lodge also sponsors programs for junior high students and a scholarship program for high school seniors.

“Teachers are the unsung heroes of today’s society. They work countless, tireless hours designing lesson plans, grading papers and attending conferences, not to mention actually teaching, and we want to recognize and award their hard work,” Haston said.

Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos, the event’s keynote speaker, and Mayor Robert Cluck made the presentations to the educators at the lodge at 1415 W. Abram St. Lodge members and the families and co-workers of the honorees attended the event.

Brady received a $300 cash award and trophy, and cash awards of $150 went to the other teachers along with a certificate. Gift baskets filled with valuable donations from local businesses were given to all honorees.

Learn more about the organization at arlingtonlodge.org, or contact Hasten at ZHaston@charter.net.

Leadership Arlington offers discount tuition through May

If you’re new to the community or if you’ve lived here for ages, the information and leadership training offered by Leadership Arlington will be valuable to you. The well-respected program has been around for more than 30 years and is inviting anyone in the community to apply for the fall session.

Although applications for the adult program will be accepted through August, a special discounted tuition rate is being offered to those who apply by the end of May.

“Leadership Arlington is lifelong leadership development that delivers the community's premier leaders by offering exclusive access to an influential network, community recognition and the skills you need to become a successful leader,” said President Paulette Tutor.

Tutor said alumni from the program include police and fire chiefs, elected officials and corporate executives, as well as business and civic leaders in Arlington.

The youth program is open to students who will begin their junior year next fall, and applications are being accepted now until the end of the school year.

To request an application or more details, contact Tutor at information@leadershiparlingtontx.org.

20th annual barbecue also celebrates 40th anniversary of Butler Elementary

When you add up the 20 years of service that the Butler Elementary Dads Club has provided with the 40 years since the school opened, that comes out to six decades of support for kids at the school. A celebration of both milestones will be incorporated into the annual Dads Club Spring BBQ set for Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on campus.

Besides the dinner (served until 7 p.m.), there will be a game truck, bounce houses, face-painting, a Super Soaker Corral, a silent auction, a photo booth and disc golf said Shannon Reilly, whose daughter attends Butler. She said there will be a display of photos and memorabilia from the past 40 years.

“We are looking forward to celebrating 40 years of student success with past, present and future Butler Broncos at this year’s barbecue,” said Dads Club President Dieter Scholtyssek.

Funds raised will be used to purchase new sound equipment and to pay for movie nights, science events and other programs at Butler. Tickets are $5 each for the dinner and are on sale at the school’s main entrance before and after school and also on event day.

Arlington Rotary Club golf tournament hosted by Babe Laufenberg

Continuing its long support of the Webb Elementary School College Scholarship Fund, the Arlington Rotary Club will host its 19th annual Celebrity Golf Tournament on Monday at Shady Valley Country Club.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and sports personality Babe Laufenberg will host the event that also will feature several former Texas Rangers players. Besides photo opportunities, a sports round-table discussion will add to the fun of the golf outing.

Proceeds benefit the program at Webb Elementary started by Rotary in 1995 where every graduate of Webb who then graduates from high school can receive a $750-per-semester college scholarship.

Registration is $125 per person or $500 per foursome, which includes lunch, green fees, carts, range balls, door prizes, goodie bag, trophies for all flights and dinner. Contact Peter Scott at 817-861-9334 or peter.scott@edwardjones.com or Paul Sturiale at 817-319-2852 or paul@paoloac.com to sign up.

Events at a glance

▪ Symphony Arlington's final concert of the season is Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlington Music Hall. The show will feature soloist Lindsay Garritson on piano performing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and will also feature Wagner’s Overture to Rienzi and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor. Purchase tickets by email at info@symphonyarlington.org or call 817-385-0484. More details at www.SymphonyArlington.org.

▪ St. Maria Goretti Fun Run is Saturday at the school, 1200 Davis Drive. One-mile fun run starts at 8 a.m. and 5K starts at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit physical education and learning programs at the school. Register at www.smgrun.org. Inquire at smgfunrun@yahoo.com.

▪ Spring Plant Sale is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hosted by Grace Presbyterian Church, 5500 Mansfield Road, the sale will have bedding plants including vinca, marigolds, impatiens, begonias, pentas and others. Also shop for Mother’s Day among color bowls, hanging baskets and planters for sale. Proceeds fund the Prayer Garden. Inquire to Linda Black at lblack@wans.net or 817-261-4223.

▪ Urinetown, the Musical, is showing at Theatre Arlington through May 24.The Tony-award-winning satirical musical comedy was nominated for 10 Tony awards on Broadway. Crowds love the score and the high-energy choreography. Purchase tickets at www.TheatreArlington.org or call the box office at 817-275-7661.

▪ Salute to Small Business luncheon is May 14 at the Sheraton Arlington Hotel. Co-hosted by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Small Business Development Center, the event will honor the Outstanding Small Business Champions of the Year from a 72-county area. Scott Murray is the emcee. Seminars and an expo of services precede the luncheon. The Arlington chamber will also award its Small Businesses of the Year, LBL Architects in the For-Profit category and Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington in the Non-Profit category. Register at arlingtontx.com/site/showevent/2789.

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