Arlington Citizen-Journal

Eyes on Arlington: Do you have a favorite teacher?

The AWARE Foundation is now accepting nominations for the Award of Excellence that it annually presents to teachers in the Arlington school district. This is the perfect time to show an educator you admire how much you appreciate his or her work.

Since it was founded in 1989, the foundation has honored exceptional Arlington teachers for their innovation and lasting influence in the development of their students at an awards banquet each spring. The name AWARE stands for “Arlington Will Award and Recognize (Educational) Excellence.”

According to AWARE President Gena Williams, more than 200 Arlington teachers have received cash awards totaling in excess of $375,000 during the past 25 years. Williams said this year’s awards banquet is set for May 5 at the UT Arlington Bluebonnet Ballroom, where all nominees will be introduced before the awards are presented.

Anyone from the community can nominate a teacher to receive the award. A selection committee composed of community volunteers and headed by AWARE Vice President Beth Hellier then observes each nominee in the classroom before choosing winners in various grade-level categories. Winners and runners-up for the Awards of Excellence receive cash awards of $2,000 and $1,000, respectively.

“Each year around 30 volunteers serve on the AWARE selection committee. This is a very popular assignment as committee members have the opportunity to observe some of AISD’s finest educators,” said Hellier. She added, “Most of our volunteers say the only downside to their assignment is having to pare down their favorites to a runner-up and a winner.

“Of all my volunteer activities, being an AWARE classroom observer remains one of my favorites. I always find a tidbit or two to share with my eldest son, who is also a teacher.”

For details on the eligibility requirements and to download the nomination forms, visit or call Williams at 817-320-2397 or Hellier at 817-572-3912 with questions.

The complete nomination packet is due on Jan. 9.

Essays to win a MLK college scholarship are due Dec. 19

The first Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Spirit of Service Scholarship will be awarded by the Arlington MLK Celebration Committee at the annual MLK Awards Banquet set for Jan. 16.

The $1,000 scholarship will go to the winner of an essay competition that is open to eligible students attending UT Arlington or Tarrant County College Southeast Campus in Arlington.

Students are asked to write an essay around the theme “Advancing the Dream: Our Greatness, My Service.” Interested students must also complete an application form to accompany the essay.

Learn all the details concerning eligibility and essay requirements at or call Cheryel Carpenter at 817-459-5384. Applications and essays are due Dec. 19.

‘’Twas the Night Before Christmas’ on stage through Dec. 20

A fun holiday play at Creative Arts Theatre & School is showing weekends through Dec. 20 at the CATS Black Box Theatre at 602 E. South St.

“This show is a grand and ebullient Christmas adventure, based loosely — very loosely — on the classic poem by Clement Clarke Moore,” writes Producing Director Merri Brewer. The play will entertain the whole family with the story of the wild adventures of a mouse, an elf and a spunky little girl.

Performances are Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 and 7:30. p.m. Tickets are $8 to $10. Purchase at the door or online at or call 817-861-2287.

‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ at Theatre Arlington

Despite our best efforts, the holiday season can be a bit stressful at times. If you’re having trouble getting your merry on, fix that problem with a fun night of hilarity at Theatre Arlington’s current show.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a delightful holiday comic classic about a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant starring a cast of kids that won’t behave.

“Join the mayhem — and the fun — when the Herdman kids collide head-on with the Christmas story,” writes theater marketing manager Gary Payne.

Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5:30 p.m. The show runs through Dec. 21. General admission is $19; children age 3 to 11 are $12. Groups and season ticket holders get special discounts.

Buy tickets online at or call the box office at 817-275-7661.

Remember the Christmas when ...

Those talented singers of the Arlington Master Chorale want to help you recall your fondest memories from Christmases past at their upcoming holiday shows.

The chorus, directed by Randy Jordan, will present its gift of extraordinary vocal music at two shows, on Dec. 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m., at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1200 W. Green Oaks Blvd.

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Purchase tickets at the door or online at

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