LampLighter Awards

The 2018 Lamplighter Awards Banquet held on Thursday, April 5, at Pinecrest Country Club was a great success with 300 people attending. The evening gave students an opportunity to express their genuine appreciation to educators whom they respect and admire. At the eighteenth annual banquet, Nell Ward, Foundation president, and Brian Shobert, emcees, presented each student and honoree with a Lamplighter Award and read an excerpt from the student’s essay about the educator being honored. While each essay was unique, they all paid tribute to the enduring quality of an excellent teacher:  the ability to create positive, long-lasting relationships with students.  Because the essas epitomized the essence of the children's book, My Great-Aunt Arizona by Gloria Houston, on which the Lamplighter Awards is based, five students concluded the evening by reading their essays about their special educators.

Because of the generosity of Heart of the Community, Champion, Sustainer, Advocate, Benefactor and Friend sponsors for the banquet and Henry and Moore Jewelry, Coach John King, Nell and Johnny Ward, Ronnie Rice and NWS/National Wholesale Supply, Blackhawk Hydrographics/Philip Milam, Longview High School Culinary Arts and Chef Kevin Hill, Frank Herbert, and Pizza King, who donated this year’s raffle items, the Longview ISD Foundation raised $41,000 for its annual Great Rewards for Great Ideas grant program and Campus Initiative Grants Program.

Since May 1996, the Foundation has funded 668 grants through the Great Rewards for Great Ideas Program, returning $701,431.90 to Longview ISD classrooms, 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 and 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, and guidance and counseling.
To date, the Longview ISD Foundation has funded thirty-two Campus Initiative Grants for a total of $90,060.12. The Foundation believes that this grant program, targeting overall campus improvement, complements the Foundation’s annual Great Rewards for Great Ideas Program.
 The Longview ISD Foundation, Inc. sincerely thanks the sponsors of the 2018 Lamplighter Awards banquet whose overwhelming generosity made the event possible.

2018 Lamplighter Essay Competition Winners and Honorees
18th Annual Cornerstone Award Recipient

18th Annual Cornerstone Award
presented to
Pat Johnson,
retired Longview ISD instructional technology supervisor
Ware Elementary School
Nyvonnia Gray honored by Kennedi Mathis
Bramlette Elementary School
Earl Bonner honored by Cash Carpenter
Ned E. Williams Elementary School
Carol Pruitt honored by Alya Spruille
East Texas Montessori Prep Academy
Maria Felix honored by Elizabeth Landaverde
Forest Park Middle School
Katie Thompson honored by Denim Worth
J.L. Everhart Elementary School
Bitia Saravia honored by Veronica Vazquez
Foster Middle School
       Nathan Brazell honored by Christina Holder
Hudson Elementary School
Allison Beard honored by Mason Lundy
Judson Middle School
Mattie Cuba honored by Kayden Turner
Johnston-McQueen Elementary School
Christy Scott honored by Kyler Wilson
Lynn Bearden honored by Riley McGrede
Longview High School
Wesley Dorsett honored by Matthew Boles
Janel Garner honored by Tahjaa Robertson
South Ward Elementary School
Charlotte Munoz honored by Emily Rodriquez
Longview Early Graduation High School
Pam Anthony honored by Luke Bailey

Lamplighter Awards donated by The Clowers Company

Raffle Items donated by Henry and Moore Jewelry, Coach John King, Nell and Johnny Ward, Ronnie Rice and NWS/National Wholesale Supply, Blackhawk Hydrographics/Philip Milam, the Longview High School Culinary Arts Program, Frank Herbert, and Pizza King.

Gift bags for student and educator honorees donated by CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical System.


South Ward Elementary School
Everardo Delmas honored by Yadira Torres

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

Champions of the Foundation
AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company Forbes and Butler Visual Communication, Inc. Zeid Women's Health Center
Citizens National Bank Sherman Briscoe Wilkinson Orthodontics Margaret and Tillman W. Cooley, Jr. in honor of Johnny Ward
Longview Regional Medical Center Eastman Chemical Company Cherry Hill Med Spa
Southside Bank Super 1 Foods

Sustainers of the Foundation
Texas Bank and Trust Huckabee Community Excellence Fund in the North Texas Community Foundation Nikki and Dylan Briscoe

Advocates of the Foundation
The Made-Rite Company Brian Dolive, DDS East Texas Endodontics-Dr. Mark Camp, Dr. John Ross, and Dr. Eli Perez
Whitney and Troy Schaap Foster Middle School PTA Mr. and Mrs. Jon Ruff
Kay and John Ray Ancor Health Center/ Christopher Ihionkhan Scott Energy Technologies
Leslie and Cameron Carlile East Texas Professional Credit Union Johnny's Pizza
Hudson PEP Elementary School PTO Longview High School PTO

Benefactors of the Foundation
Johnston-McQueen Elementary School PTA Meredith Roel Casa Flora
Dr. Kelly Mack W. R. Welborn and Son, Inc. LeGrande and Cassandra Northcutt Donors Advised Fund at the East Texas Communities Foundation
McAlister's Deli MALL Energy, Inc. Spring Hill State Bank
Bar K Ranch Store/Mary and Miles Darby Renese and David Henderson Amy and Brian Williams
Gans and Smith Insurance Agency, Inc. Dennis-Wade Associates, Inc. Julie and Terry Cook
Rebecca Jenkins Melton Nicole and Chandler Buie Madolyn Clark Scott
Louis Morgan Drug IV Pallavi and Srinivas Rangu Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth B. Kimbrough
Paula and Dale Poole Boon, Calk, Echols, Coleman and Goolsby, PLLC

Friends of the Foundation
ABC Printing LeBus International, Inc Ginia and Gordon Northcutt
Sally Gossett Barron, LPC- Heidi and Kendall Archer Pegues Hurst Ford
Master Travel - Lou Anne Hughes BTH Bank Betsy and Joey Pistone
Brian and Kimberly Mendenhall Hardin ACE Hardware Mary and Roy Price
Lanie and Jack Lenhart Dr. and Mrs. Martin Hilton Sonic
Raising Cane's Laura and Brett Miller Scott E. Stevens
Emily Erisman Myers MOVE Athletics Kim and Greg Wright
Coffee News of East Texas