Lake Ridge Rotary Club celebrates ‘Unsung Hero'

The Lake Ridge Rotary Club recently awarded an “Unsung Hero” award to Brenda Paniagua, parent liaison at Belmont Elementary School.

The Lake Ridge Rotary Club shares a partnership with Belmont Elementary, and Paniagua has been instrumental in enhancing this collaboration, according to a news release.

Wavery Brown, service projects chair for the rotary club, awarded Paniagua with $500 and shared many of the events Paniagua coordinates.

“She ensures families receive a bag of food each weekend through the ‘Blessings in a Backpack’ program and arranged important banking, buying a house, internet safety and other important workshops for parents,” Brown said.

Paniagua organizes the school’s Parent Resource Center with supplies for families and she organizes and seeks donations for major events such as “Muffins for Mom” and “Donuts for Dad.” She is instrumental in translating for the families at many events and parent conference.

Paniagua also organizes the SOAR Nights that are held each month at Belmont Elementary School. These events focus on one academic area each month.

The Lake Ridge rotary supports Belmont Elementary by providing a year’s worth of school supplies and backpacks, volunteering to help with personal reading assistance and participating in the school’s career day. The club also supplied boxes of tissues and hand sanitizer, as well as coats, hats, scarves, boots and gloves, and donated holiday dinners and presents.

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