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Katy, TX News (February 10, 2017) – Katy ISD will celebrate the time, effort and heart of KEYS mentors — while supporting KEYS Scholarships — at Ties & Tiaras on March 9th from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at NOAH’S of Katy.  This year’s festivities include honoring the 2017 Mentors of the Year and KEYS Scholarship Sponsors, along with entertainment provided by a stringed ensemble from Tompkins High School.  Also joining the event will be the Cinco Ranch High School student artists who created this year’s KEYS scholarship masterpiece.

Every year Ties & Tiaras honors Katy ISD’s family of mentors, who spend up to one hour each week with their students.  In particular, the event recognizes a few individuals who’ve sustained relationships and dedication to the KEYS program year after year.  The Katy ISD 2017 Mentors of the Year, and their respective KEYS campuses, are:

  • Fred Crist, McDonald Junior High
  • Kevin Drury, Rylander Elementary
  • James Grima, Wolfe Elementary
  • Kirsten Hampshire, Seven Lakes High School
  • Steven Herold, Bear Creek Elementary
  • Don Mach, Taylor High School
  • Karen Morey, Hayes Elementary
  • Donna Ortiz, Cardiff Junior High
  • Susan Reilly, Katy High School

Collectively, this group represents 51 years of service to the KEYS program, having mentored a total of 35 students between them.

Since its inception in 2006, the KEYS Scholarship Fund has awarded over $300,000 to graduating KEYS seniors.  KEYS – Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success – is a relationship initiative that matches a caring adult with a student on the brink of success for up to one hour a week, during the school day, during the school year.  Piloted during the 1995-1996 school year, this program now extends to every campus in Katy ISD.  KEYS is not a tutoring program, but rather a relationship program, with many mentors and their students sustaining their friendship year after year.   To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the “Community” tab at www.katyisd.org or contact Martha Brown, 281-396-2468, marthabrown@katyisd.org.

About Katy ISD Partners in Education – Katy ISD Partners in Education creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise.  We bring volunteers into Katy ISD classrooms at each campus and all grade levels.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the “Community” tab at www.katyisd.org.

Courtesy of Katy ISD
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