LampLighter Awards

The Longview ISD Foundation celebrated its 21st Lamplighter Awards on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 6:30 PM in the Lobo Coliseum with dinner catered by T. Blanco's and dessert provided by Menchie's.   The Longview ISD celebrated the power of great educators, members of the most influential profession in the world.  Without the education profession, there would be no other professions, for all of us learned our trade and skills from our teachers.    The Longview ISD Foundation believes that students long remember the teachers with whom they had strong relationships, who truly cared about them, and who helped them become the successful students and young people they are.

The Longview ISD Foundation sponsors three grant programs that enhance educational opportunity for LISD students:  the Great Rewards for Great Ideas Grant Program, the Campus Initiative Grant Program, and the John W. Harrison, Jr. Academic Field Trip Grant.
Since 1996, the Great Rewards for Great Ideas Grant Program has funded 728 grants, returning $795,468.74 to LISD’s classrooms and enabling innovative teachers, counselors, librarians, and nurses to create new educational programs or to enhance existing ones so that they can provide the best instruction possible to all students.  These grants have funded programs and projects for students of all ability levels in a variety of disciplines.  In addition to strengthening academics, the grants have also funded projects in music, art, technology, character education, health and physical education, guidance and counseling. and STEM and STEAM education.
The Foundation has also funded forty-seven Campus Initiative Grants for a total of $138,872.58.  The Foundation believes that this grant program, targeting overall campus improvement, complements the Foundation’s annual Great Rewards for Great Ideas Program.   Since fall 2008, the Foundation has funded five John W. Harrison, Jr. Academic Field Trip Grants for fourth and fifth grade and middle school students for a total of $25,991.13.  Through its three grant programs, the Longview ISD Foundation has returned a grand total of $960,332.45 to LISD classrooms and campuses in its twenty-six-year history, moving ever closer to the one-million-dollar mark.

The Longview ISD Foundation, Inc. sincerely thanks the sponsors of the 2021 Lamplighter Awards banquet and their overwhelming generosity and support of the educators and students in Longview ISD.

2021 Lamplighter Essay Competition Winners and Honorees

19th Annual Cornerstone Award
presented to
Emily Erisman Myers, Foundation member and chair
of the Foundation's Lobo Memorial Scholarship Fund,
a scholarship program that awards college funds to Longview High School seniors
Ware Elementary School
Cristina Mauras honored by Levi Servin
Bramlette Elementary School
Yolanda Juarez honored by Allison Nino
 Ned E. Williams Elementary School
Stephany Long honored by Miguel Zuniga
East Texas Montessori Prep Academy
Angela Bogue honored by Emma Pena

Forest Park Middle School
Daneshia Terrell-Ramsire honored by Adyson Gray 
J.L. Everhart Elementary School
Bitia Saravia honored by Christofer Gonzalez
Foster Middle School
      Joseph Ford honored by Carolyn Purdum
Hudson Elementary School
Rebecca Swanner honored by Marley Camp
Judson STEAM Academy
Laura Johnston honored by Kamiko Neely
Johnston-McQueen Elementary School
Paul McMillan honored by Elyana Johnson
Longview High School
Ja'Ron Sheppard honored by Cooper Mayes
Laini Scarborough honored by Lyzvette Martinez
South Ward Elementary School
Treva Patterson honored by Shaniyah Sedberry
Longview Early Graduation High School
Kristi Means honored by Danorius Monro

Lamplighter Awards donated by The Clowers Company

Raffle Items donated by Henry and Moore Jewelry, Longview restaurants, Longview ISD,
Longview ISD Foundation members,
and Judson Outdoor Power and ATV

Educator Prizes donated by the Longview ISD Foundation, Inc.
Student Prizes donated by the Longview ISD Foundation, Inc.

Heart of the Community Sponsors
Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson, LLP Anonymous Donor Longview News-Journal
Ward, Smith and Hill Law Firm

Champions of the Foundation
AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company Southside Bank Super 1 Foods
VeraBank Anonymous Donor Sloan Law Firm

Sustainers of the Foundation
Texas Bank and Trust

Advocates of the Foundation
Forbes and Butler Visual Communication, Inc. Meredith Roel Boon, Calk, Echols, Coleman and Goolsby, PLLC
Sherman and Briscoe Orthodontics East Texas Professional Credit Union Diagnostic Clinic of Longview
Leslie and Cameron Carlile Texas Oncology-Longview Cancer Center Satterwhite Log Homes in Memory of Sam Satterwhite
Hudson PEP Elementary School PTO Kona Ice Sorey, Gilliland, and Hull, L. L. P.
Brian Dolive, DDS Kay and John Ray

Benefactors of the Foundation
Foster Middle School PTA LeBus International, Inc Dee Anne and John Sloan
Gans and Smith Insurance Agency, Inc. Spring Hill State Bank Weber Landscapring
Rebecca Jenkins Melton Amy and Brian Williams Voyage Medical Solutions
Louis Morgan Drug IV Dr. and Mrs. Martin Hilton Diamond H Services
Judy Harper and Paula Poole Jack and Lanie Lenhart Casa Flora Floral Shop
MALL Energy, Inc. Whitney and Troy Schaap Judson STEAM Academy PTA
Renese and David Henderson

Friends of the Foundation
Dr. Kelly Mack Emily Erisman Myers Crista and Michael Black
Bar K Ranch Store/Mary and Miles Darby Heidi and Kendall Archer Pack N Mail Mailing Center
Sally Gossett Barron, LPC- BTH Bank Mack and Hansen Orthodontics
Brian and Kimberly Mendenhall Laura and Brett Miller