TEXARKANA — Pleasant Grove ISD volunteer Jessica Rich has been chosen for the 2020 Heroes for Children Award given by the Texas State Board of Education.
The Heroes for Children award program started in 1994, and it is designed to recognize excellence in advocacy and education to highlight the many outstanding volunteers whose efforts represent significant contributions to public education in the state.
Rich’s name will be engraved on a plaque along with other recipients to be permanently displayed at the Texas Education Agency. The award is given to 15 awardees across the state, and it recognizes outstanding services and support given to the school community, staff, and students in Texas.
The 15 awardees represent the 15 districts in Texas.
Rich will represent District 9, which includes Bowie County and 29 other Northeast Texas counties. A resolution will also be read in Rich’s honor during the general meeting of the SBOE on Sept. 11 at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be available via livestream at http://www.adminmonitor.com/tx/tea.
“Pleasant Grove ISD is fortunate to have individuals that are invested in our community,” PGISD superintendent Chad Pirtle said in a statement. “Jessica Rich puts her heart and soul into everything she does for our children. Our students and teachers benefit daily from her hard work. Mrs. Rich is deserving of this honor, and we look forward to celebrating her this year. I am proud the Texas State Board of Education recognizes individuals like Mrs. Rich for their outstanding service to students.”
Rich has volunteered with numerous organizations in Texarkana since 2007 with over 6,000 hours invested in the Pleasant Grove community, schools, students, and staff.
Rich has organized teacher appreciation and weekly teacher treats as the Pleasant Grove Elementary School coordinator and the intermediate school’s grade level coordinator.
Rich supports campuses in areas that include planning holiday parties, managing the book fair, coordinating “meet the teacher” events, and planning grandparents day breakfasts.
Rich is a substitute teacher and substitute secretary foPGISD. Rich currently serves on the board for the PG Connection and PG Education Foundation.
Jessica and her husband, Blake, enjoy cheering for the Hawks with their children, Wylan and Liam.