As I travel across our "612 Square Miles of Excellence," I have the distinct privilege and honor of visiting with our Victoria Independent School District stakeholders.
Throughout these visits, I am constantly reminded how fortunate we are to be surrounded by such bright and articulate students, outstanding, dedicated teachers and staff, parents who truly desire the best for their children and community members who are committed to making a difference in our students' lives each and every day.
At Thursday's regularly scheduled school board meeting, Breanna Plunkett, with the city of Victoria Environmental Services, announced three VISD schools were ranked in the Top 10 of the nation in the PepsiCo Recycling Rally.
The tremendous efforts of Torres Elementary School have resulted in the school earning top honors in the nationwide recycling contest.
Torres Elementary will receive a grand champion prize of $25,000 for its first-place finish.
Led by teacher Kecia Garcia and the Green Team, their efforts collected more than 100,000 pounds of recyclables in what became a true community involvement.
We would also like to acknowledge and congratulate Smith Elementary School for its sixth-place finish and F.W. Gross Elementary School for its 10th-place finish. Both schools will receive $1,000 for their outstanding efforts.
Another example of the power of our people can be found in our commitment to Warrior's Weekend. As the city of Victoria began preparing for Warrior's Weekend, VISD stood ready to do our part as well.
Our students were involved in placing the American flags at the Field of Honor.
We were extremely proud of the students as they displayed great respect for the flags and the families of the people who sponsored those flags.
On May 16, the warriors rolled into town. It was an amazing sight to see hundreds of our students and staff lined up and down the side of the roadway to pay their respects to the wounded warriors and welcome them to the opening ceremony at Faith Family Church.
Martin Luther King Jr. once stated, "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
On behalf of our board of trustees and the entire VISD, we would like to provide our sincere appreciation to all of our servicemen and servicewomen for their efforts and sacrifices in making our country and community such a wonderful place to live, educate children and raise a family. We realize that freedom is a gift, and we will always remember their sacrifices so that we can live free.
Robert Jaklich is the superintendent for the Victoria Independent School District. Contact him at 361-788-9202 or through the VISD website, visd.com.