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H-E-B wins education award
Special to The Monitor
AUSTIN–H-E-B is dedicated to the education of Texas youth.
Recently H-E-B was announced as a recipient of the prestigious Texas Association Partners in Education Gold Award in the category “Texas Large Corporate Partnership.”
The award recognizes H-E-B as a corporate leader in the development of innovative partnerships with public schools across Texas.
H-E-B will receive its award at the TAPE Partnership Awards Reception and Banquet to be held at the Austin Convention Center Jan. 30.
Awards are bestowed upon a select group from more than 200 Texas businesses, community groups and individuals as TAPE partners.
Award recipients receive either a Crystal Award or a Gold Award in their category.
Annually, H-E-B donates more than $2 million to support education initiatives across the state and has created its own signature programs including the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards, Read Write Connect, and Classroom Champions.
H-E-B launched the Excellence in Education awards program in 2002 as a positive way to support public education in Texas.
A major goal of the Excellence in Education awards is to make a statement about the great things going on in Texas public schools – to spotlight best practices and to celebrate the work of Texas educators.
Since its inception, more than $2.5 million has been given to 773 educators and 155 schools and districts across the state.
This is the largest monetary awards program for educators in Texas and one of the largest in the nation.
As part of the Excellence in Education program, elementary schools are invited to apply to become H-E-B “Mentor Schools.”
These selected schools are then partnered with their local H-E-B store and work closely with store leadership to design their own partnership programs, engage in joint activities with store Partners (H-E-B employees) and track volunteer hours and project outcomes – all activities culminating in a joint presentation made at the end of the school year that gives the school a chance to win up to $5,000.
“H-E-B is investing in the future of Texas by encouraging the best from our educators and students alike,” H-E-B vice president Winell Herron said.
“H-E-B believes in giving back to the communities in which it serves. These comprehensive education programs were developed with belief that as one of the largest grocers in Texas, we can make a difference,” she added.
To bolster the grocery chain’s commitment to education, H-E-B additionally launched the 2006 Year of Literacy campaign.
The campaign was designed to promote literacy among today’s youth with various book promotions, book clubs, book signings and book recycling programs at stores across the state.
Also part of the campaign, the state-wide Read Write Connect Short Story Contest kicked off in early Feb., 2006, awarding 10 semifinalists with a $1,000 savings bond in October.
The two grand prize winners were awarded a four-year paid college tuition scholarship.
H-E-B worked with both elementary and secondary schools to collect over 2,500 short story entries from students all across the state.
H-E-B’s Classroom Champions program, launched in 2002, strives to increase teachers’ resources and improve every student’s opportunities for success.
Each year, H-E-B stores encourage local schools to submit an entry for a grant in the form of H-E-B Gift Cards. Amounts range from $100 to $500 per school. To date, H-E-B has donated over $2 million to classrooms through this program.
H-E-B was founded in Kerrville, in 1905, with a single grocery store and has grown to more than 300 stores in Texas and Northern Mexico with more than 56,000 employees.
H-E-B is one of the largest food chains in the United States, with sales over $12.4 billion, and is the largest privately held company in Texas.
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