2010/06/27 - Lynne Henderson
Junior Achievement (JA) of East Texas is dedicated to educating and inspiring young people to value free enterprise and understand business and economics to improve the quality of their lives. JA programs help prepare students in kindergarten through 12th grade for the real world by helping to build character, develop financial life skills, and obtain an understanding of the value of education.
As recently named president for JA of East Texas, Lynne Henderson organizes partnerships between the business community, educators, and volunteers to work together in the classroom. These classroom volunteers transform the concepts of the JA lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can make a difference in the world. This past school year, more than 600 community volunteers reached more than 13,000 students through JA programs.
“I believe that everyone should find a cause that they are interested in helping (with). Each person can make a difference to an organization with his or her time, talent, or dollars! I have found that I get so much in return when I give,” Mrs. Henderson said.
On August 4, 6, and 7, JA will hold its annual bowl-a-thon fundraiser. The theme this year is Totally 80’s, and area business teams will join together at the Oil Bowl lanes, some dressed in their vintage 1980’s outfits, to raise funds for support of JA programs in East Texas. The bowl-a-thon is the organizations largest fundraiser.
In addition to her involvement with JA, Mrs. Henderson is a sustainer with the Junior League of Longview, vice president of the parent teacher association at Hudson PEP Elementary School, and the teacher appreciation co-chair at Foster Middle School. She also serves as the area recruitment information chair for the Chi Omega Alumnae Group.
Originally from Dallas, Mrs. Henderson has lived in Longview almost 15 years. She graduated from Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, and received her bachelor of science in communications with a degree in advertising from The University of Texas at Austin. Mrs. Henderson and her husband, Kirk, have two daughters, Sarah, 12, and Mary Claire, 9. They are members of First United Methodist Church, where Mrs. Henderson serves on both the family ministries council and the music and worship council.
“I enjoy living in Longview because of its relatively small size and the people within the community take ownership through volunteering. There is a tremendous amount of satisfaction when you can see the results of your work. I also think it is so important as a mother to show my daughters the value of helping others,” Mrs. Henderson said.