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5/1/16 - Iva Holyfield

   5/1/16 - Iva Holyfield

5/1/16 - Iva Holyfield

The Pine Tree Education Foundation is a dedicated group of volunteers who believe the creative mind of a student should not be limited by a lack of educational resources. The foundation provides funding to the teachers of the Pine Tree Independent School District (PTISD) who offer enriching and educational projects to their students. Founded in 2004, the foundation credits its growth to the dedication of PTISD parents, teachers, staff members, and the generosity of donors from the surrounding communities.

The Pine Tree Education Foundation (PTEF) will host its annual PT Honors Banquet, beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, at the Summit Club. The event will celebrate the winners of the Beacon Award, the Regen Stiles Teaching Excellence Award, and the PTISD Teacher of the Year Award, who have all shown outstanding dedication to the students with whom they interact on a daily basis.

Iva Holyfield, PTEF vice president and grant chairperson, enjoys working with the foundation because it focuses on her first love: children.

“From the moment I landed in Longview from Dallas, I have been blessed to be a part of many groups which are advocates for children,” Mrs. Holyfield said. “Our education foundation board, for the past two years, has been able to go on campuses and see our grant money in action; whether it has been a performance by the students or a demonstration of a piece of equipment. These demonstrations, along with the awarding of the Beacon essay winners, have been very rewarding, and I am so proud to be part of this group.”

Born in Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Holyfield is a graduate of Irving High School and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas. She is a co-owner of Allied Trophy. Mrs. Holyfield and her husband, Frank, have lived in Longview for more than 40 years and are the parents of two adult daughters and one grandson.

In addition to her work with the PTEF, Mrs. Holyfield serves with Junior Achievement, Forever Friends, and the booster clubs for the PTISD band and drill team. She believes that volunteering is the key to a happy life. She is also president of the Longview Tennis Association, a tri-captain for the Whispering Pines subdivision, and a member of the Friends of the Library board of directors and the Deep East Texas A&M Mothers Club.

“You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give,” Mrs. Holyfield said. “I have been blessed by the support of my husband and family in all of my volunteer efforts and have worked with many wonderful people over the years.”

For more information about the PT Honors Banquet, please visit www.ptisd.org and click on the link for the education foundation.


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