Annually, the State Board of Education recognizes only 15 volunteers from across Texas to be honored with the Hero for Children Award.  This special acknowledgment is granted based on outstanding volunteer service to the schoolchildren in the community, and 74-year old, Mrs. Maria Vega from La Joya ISD, was one of the fifteen volunteers this year to be recognized in our state capitol.

Mrs. Vega has had a long-lasting relationship with La Joya ISD. For over 25 years, she has donated her time and energy, and has contributed to the education of the many students she has served throughout the years.

Early on, she began volunteering at a local Hidalgo County Head Start, later at Tabasco Elementary, and currently helps out the students and staff at Leo J. Leo Elementary. Monday thru Friday, Vega begins her full day of service at the school  from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm carrying out different tasks such as helping students to read, to write and even color. The love and respect from the students towards Vega is clearly noticeable as the have nicknamed her “Momma Vega” which she so humbly proud of.

“In no way do I consider myself a hero,” Vega stated. “ I volunteer because I love helping children and they keep me feeling young! I consider what I do as a work of heart and plan to continue serving my community as a volunteer as long as I am able to do so. It is a privilege that I hold dear to my heart.”

Congratulations to Mrs. Vega and her family for the well-deserved award. “ … she has unselfishly given her time to our school for the past 11 years and has made our students feel loved and cared for,” added Mrs. Arleen Aguilar, Leo J. Leo Elementary Parent Educator. “ The teachers and staff are very appreciative for all the assistance she offers them day after day, and I believe that her purpose in life is the gift of giving and sharing.”

The State Board of Education will be honoring Mrs. Maria Vega with a plaque and resolution as a 2017 Hero for Children on September 15, 2017 during a board meeting in the city of Austin, Texas.

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El distrito escolar de La Joya se enorgullece y da a reconocer el esfuerzo laboral a la Señora María Vega que ha brindado 25 años de trabajo voluntario a este distrito escolar.  Es satisfactorio tener personas como la señora Vega nos brinde de su apoyo con su colaboración y su tiempo en la educación de nuestros estudiantes.

La señora vega ha aportado de su colaboración en diversas escuelas como por ejemplo en Tabasco Elementary y Leo J. Leo Elementary que han sido de las primarias donde ha acudido desde las 7:00 de la mañana y se marcha hasta las 3:30 de la tarde trabajando arduamente y brindado de su tiempo para la mejoría educacional de cada estudiante. Ella realiza diferentes labores como voluntaria apoyando a los alumnos a que aprendan a leer, escribir, colorear entre otras actividades. Los estudiantes le has tomado mucho aprecio y de cariño le consideran “la abuelita”.

El amor desmedido que Dona Vega le tiene a sus nietos y sus bisnietos son el motor de arranque que la motivan a seguir como voluntaria en el distrito escolar de la Joya.  La señora María comento “El mejor trabajo es el cual se realiza sin interés, con mucho amor y esfuerzo” inspirando a otras personas que realicen también hacer esta labor.

El comité del consejo escolar educacional ha escogido a la señora María Vega   otorgándole el reconocimiento Hero for Children este próximo 15 de septiembre de 2017 en la ciudad de Austin Texas. La señora María se le reconocerá por sobresalir en su labor como voluntaria y ser un gran ejemplo de honestidad, perseverancia y colaboración. El distrito escolar de La Joya agradece la labor de tantos años de esfuerzo y devoción de la Sra. Vega que tiene el don de dar sin recibir nada a cambio.