LampLighter Awards

While the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of this year’s Lamplighter Awards scheduled for April 2, the Longview ISD still celebrates 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, Inc. is currently planning for the 21st annual Lamplighter Awards to be held on Thursday, April 8, 2021, at 6:30 PM at Pinecrest Country Club, COVID restrictions permitting.  
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 Foundation has funded 728 grants through Great Rewards for Great Ideas, returning $795,468.74 to Longview ISD teachers, counselors, librarians, and nurses so that they can provide the very best education possible for their 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, guidance and counseling, and STEAM and STEM education.
The Longview ISD Foundation has also funded forty-seven Campus Initiative Grants for a total of $138,872.58 to enhance  campus-wide programs that align with campus and district improvement plans to increase student achievement.
In 2018, the Foundation began the John W. Harrison, Jr. Academic Field Trip Grants designed to fund academic trips for fourth and fifth grade students and middle school students, allowing them to extend their classroom learning to places like the Perot Museum in Dallas, NASA in Houston, the Bob Bullock History Museum in Austin, and the state capitol building.  The Foundation has funded five academic field trip grants for a total of $25,991.13.

 The Longview ISD Foundation, Inc. sincerely thanks the sponsors of the 2020 Lamplighter Awards banquet and their overwhelming generosity and support of the educators and students in Longview ISD.

2020 Lamplighter Essay Competition Winners and Honorees

19th Annual Cornerstone Award
presented to
the Longview High School Interact Club for its volunteer service to the Foundation
Ware Elementary School
Samantha Chastain honored by Anna Hernandez
Bramlette Elementary School
Tashebra Walker honored by Key'Marion Pickron
 Ned E. Williams Elementary School
Greg Harmon honored by Eduardo Reyes
East Texas Montessori Prep Academy
Blanca Alvarez honored by Sebastian Martinez

Forest Park Middle School
Ella Gupton honored by Emily Solis 
J.L. Everhart Elementary School
Magali Velaquez honored by Josselyn Alvarez
Foster Middle School
       Ricardo De la Garza honored by Siri Undavalli
Hudson Elementary School
Cindy Bickerdike honored by Karson Bulich
Kim Coulter honored by Jordan Nash
Judson Middle School
Sylverlene Williams honored by Grecia Aguilar
Johnston-McQueen Elementary School
Rhonda Small honored by Myles King
Longview High School
Amy Barrett honored by Hyndavi Jatavallabhula,
Nelda Mancha honored by Abigail Archer,
Rebekkah Hernandez honored by Maria Gonzalez
South Ward Elementary School
Naomi Odum honored by Francisco Pantoja
Longview Early Graduation High School
Rochelle Ceballos honored by Aaliyah Brightman

Lamplighter Awards donated by The Clowers Company

Raffle Items donated by Henry and Moore Jewelry, Longview restaurants, the Longview High School Culinary Arts Department, Coach John King, Ronnie Rice and National Wholesale Supply, John Barbe Graduate Sales, LHS cheerleaders,
and the Longview ISD Foundation, Inc.

Educator Prizes donated by Butcher Shop, Outback Steakhouse, and Christus Good Shepherd Health System
Student Prizes donated by the Longview ISD Foundation, Inc.

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 Sherman Briscoe Wilkinson Orthodontics Cherry Hill Med Spa
VeraBank Anonymous Donor U. S. Title Company
Southside Bank Super 1 Foods Sloan Law Firm

Sustainers of the Foundation
Texas Bank and Trust Louis Morgan Drug IV Kona Ice

Advocates of the Foundation
Forbes and Butler Visual Communication, Inc. Meredith Roel Texas Oncology-Longview Cancer Center
Leslie and Cameron Carlile East Texas Professional Credit Union The Made-Rite Company
Hudson PEP Elementary School PTO Nikki Briscoe Kay and John Ray
Brian Dolive, DDS

Benefactors of the Foundation
Bar K Ranch Store/Mary and Miles Darby Dennis-Wade Associates, Inc. Judson STEAM Academy PTA
Foster Middle School PTA LeBus International, Inc Jack and Lanie Lenhart
Gans and Smith Insurance Agency, Inc. Spring Hill State Bank Pallavi and Srinivas Rangu
Rebecca Jenkins Melton Amy and Brian Williams Whitney and Troy Schaap
Paula and Dale Poole Dr. and Mrs. Martin Hilton Dee Anne and John Sloan
MALL Energy, Inc. Madolyn Clark Scott Weber Landscapring
Renese and David Henderson

Friends of the Foundation
Dr. Kelly Mack Emily Erisman Myers Sonic
McAlister's Deli Heidi and Kendall Archer Crista and Michael Black
ABC Printing BTH Bank Pack N Mail Mailing Center
Sally Gossett Barron, LPC- Laura and Brett Miller Leah Hickman
Brian and Kimberly Mendenhall