EDINBURG – The Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees recently honored the Edinburg Rotary for its outstanding support of the district’s students with the Texas Association of School Boards “Harvey Hero” Business Recognition Award.

“We are grateful for the generosity from the Edinburg Rotary and its commitment to making a difference for our children and our community,” ECISD Superintendent Dr. René Gutiérrez said. “At the start of the school year, the Rotarians donated gift cards to help students displaced by the hurricanes in Texas and Puerto Rico.”

In September, 16 students displaced by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and one student displaced by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico were attending classes at Edinburg CISD.

The Edinburg Rotary received a grant to buy $100 gift cards for the 17 students to purchase school supplies, clothing and other items that they may have lost during the hurricanes. The grant was matched by the Edinburg Rotary to provide an additional $1,700 for those students, which totaled $3,400 in gift cards.

“Our students, parents and teachers directly benefit from organizations such as this that are willing to stand up for public schools, not just in words but in their actions,” Gutiérrez said. “We applaud these community partners for their participation and hope that this will continue to be a strong relationship as we keep on building and transforming our community.”