The Rotary Club of San Benito established a HomeTown Heroes Project that recognized school personnel for their heroic efforts in providing continuous instruction to school children in Pre-K to 12th grade during the pandemic year.
  These individuals used their creative skills to re-imagine how to provide instruction and replicate the total school experience while meeting the unique developmental needs of children during the pandemic year.
 Many of these HomeTown Heroes put their own lives at peril many times to provide instruction, make home visits, provide hot meals, establish WIFI zones, etc.  Because they touched so many lives under most unusual circumstances, San Benito Rotary designated them as HomeTown Heroes.
 Many local restaurants agreed as well, and the Rotary Cub facilitated a local restaurant meal discount card valid throughout the summer till September 1.  The school employee ranging from the custodian to the central office administrator can use the card at the designated restaurant as often as they wish for their meal and that of their family.
 Rotary Club Members met with the SBCISD Superintendent, IDEA San Benito Campus Administrators and South Texas ISD Administrators  San Benito Campus to present the HomeTown Heroes Cards and express appreciation for their heroic work.  In total, we reached three school district employees and  nearly 1,900 restaurant discount cards were presented.   Thank you notes and messages to the Rotary Club continue to arrive from individual school employees or entire school buildings.
Our membership was proud to recognized school employees at HomeTown Heroes in Education during the pandemic school year.
Story submitted by Olivia Rivas