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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.

Scholarships available for Mabank High FFA students
By Mary Landrie
Monitor Correspondent

MABANK–Tri-County Ford of Mabank is joining forces with Ford Motor Company’s first ever commitment of $1 million in annual support of the National FFA Foundation (formerly Future Farmers of America).
Support for 2007 includes FFA events and a Built Ford Tough $1,000 college scholarship for up to 700 FFA members. This will be the 10th year of contribution to this fund.
Approximately $3 million in scholarship funding has been contributed to more than 3,000 FFA members by Ford Motor Company with the help of local dealers like Tri-County Ford since 1997.
For the 2006-07 school year, (eighth year in a row) Tri-County Ford is sponsoring one Built Ford Tough college scholarship to help a Mabank High School student attend college.
In 2007, Ford Motor Company will provide substantial support for the 80th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis and the FFA Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
“We’re pleased to be able to support the local FFA, as well as Ford Motor Company’s support of the National FFA Foundation,” said Andrea Pickens. “All of the FFA scholars we have sponsored have told us how grateful they are for the support, and how the FFA experience has changed their lives,” Pickens added.
FFA develops students’ leadership, business skills and community service in preparation for a career in agriculture, which accounts for one out of every five jobs in the U.S.
Ford has supported the National FFA Foundation since the first F-series truck was introduced in 1948.
According to a press release, Ford’s long-standing support of the FFA has contributed to the F-series record 29 years as America’s bestselling truck.
“Visit any local farm or the National FFA Convention, and you can see that trucks, particularly F-Series, play an integral role in the agriculture industry,” Pickens said.
“Ultimately, a part of F-series’ record 29 years as America’s favorite truck is tied to the agriculture industry. We want to help these future leaders to succeed, and to become our customers from the start of their careers to the end – just like many of their parents and grandparents,” she added.
FFA members must take their scholarship application to Tri-County Ford at 108 W. Mason St. in Mabank for the dealer signature and the official dealer code to be included in the scholarship search. This will give applicants a chance to personally meet and thank the dealer which could possibly fund their college education.
Applications are then sent to the National FFA for final judging and selection.