On Thursday evening, April 11, at Pinecrest Country Club, the Longview Independent School District (LISD) Foundation, Inc. will honor Judy York at the Lamplighter Awards Banquet by presenting her with the eleventh annual Cornerstone Award. This special award is given to recognize a retired LISD teacher who has been instrumental in the success of the school and in the lives of the students.
This fundraising dinner is based on the children’s book My Great-Aunt Arizona. LISD students have read the book and have been asked to write an essay telling about a person who has retired from their campus, and who has been special to them, or who has made a positive impact on their success. All proceeds from this event benefit the LISD Foundation’s Grants-to-Teachers Program. To date, the Foundation has funded 545 grants through the program, returning more than $501,376 to Longview ISD teachers, counselors, librarians, and nurses so that they may provide the very best education possible for their students.
After 32 years of employment as teacher and elementary school principal for LISD, Ms. York continues her service to the district as a Foundation board member. In her retirement, Ms. York also volunteers for Longview Community Ministries as a deliverer for Meals on Wheels.
“Our nation is only as great as its individual members and anything we, as volunteers, do to help another individual reach an unreached potential makes us strong. As our individuals achieve, so does our nation,” Ms. York said.
Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Ms. York has resided in the Longview community for 49 years. She has two daughters and three grandchildren, Brenna, 6, Caden, 5, and Cullen, 4. Ms. York is a graduate of Tascosa High School in Amarillo, Texas, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and her master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She has been a member of First Christian Church for 40 years and currently serves as worship committee chair, on the personnel and general board, and as an Elder.
“When I first came to Longview I was stunned by the azaleas and trees,” Ms. York said. “It was only as I lived here that I learned that the real beauty of Longview was the people and the friends that I have made along the way.”